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  • Developers Pop the Cork on Top-Shelf Amenities

    Looking for the latest trends in apartment community amenities? Look no further than Dallas-based Trammell Crow Residential (TCR). The multifamily builder consistently ranks among the top 10 apartment developers nationally, and 2014 finds the firm continuing to work a pipeline that brought 3,500 new units to market last year. With developments topping off in hot markets like Seattle, Denver, and...
  • MAXIMIZE Session Inside Look: Data Analytics Strategies

    Will multifamily eventually become a big data industry? With millions of units in play and terabytes of prospect, lease and resident information lodged in our disparate systems, the promise of big data and actionable analytics seems to be a real one, even if our transaction velocity of 12-15 months pales compared to the airline, rental car, restaurant and hotel industries that close thousands of...
  • Pure Energy: Saving Millions on Apartment Operating Costs

    Take a quick guess at what the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spends 13 percent of its annual agency budget on. Here's a hint: the line item adds up to $6.4 billion. Give up? That's the amount the agency foots for operating costs attributable to energy and water consumption at the nation's public and assisted housing communities. If you think that's a lot,...
  • Resident Friendly Ancillary Revenue

    Incredible rent increases won’t last forever. For asset managers, the inflexion point when market rents plateau is often accompanied by a pivot into ancillary revenue opportunities. In fact, smart multifamily operators are already re-examining fee structures, charge-backs, and creative ways to pass a portion of community management costs respectfully through to the renter. At Maximize: 2014...

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