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  • We've All Gone Mad

    I’m often accused of putting myself in ridiculous situations just to get a good story out of it. I beg to differ—though the evidence is rather damning. I guess I didn’t, for example, have to rent one bedroom of a two-bedroom apartment just to “save a little money” while vacationing in San Diego. I spent those two nights sharing a bedroom wall—and a bathroom—with a total stranger who believed in “...
  • Will You Accept This Rose…And Rent Increase?

    Next Monday is the season finale of “The Bachelorette.” Naturally, I’m an emotional wreck. Despite the upheaval in my personal life, I still managed to cover July 24th’s Webinar Wednesday, “Dollars and Rents: How to Navigate Your Residents Through the Changing Rental Market”—which, coincidentally, discussed my favorite show. According to Webinar moderator Rommel Anacan, President of the...
  • It’s High Time to Talk Medicinal Marijuana

    When I was 13, I went to my very first concert. My mom and uncle took me to see my favorite band, Third Eye Blind, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland. Two minutes into the show, Mom turned to me and said, “Do you smell that, Lauren? That’s pot. Don’t breathe it in!” Confused as to how I would enjoy the rest of the concert while holding my breath, I nodded, made a mental note and continued...
  • Bacon, Wine and Life-Long Residents

    I’ve been to a million (OK, four) pool parties at my apartment community. Sure, I got some free hot dogs and a cup of lemonade, but after several summers of the same old, I have no desire to reunite with Oscar Mayer.  It’s hard to come up with new, affordable resident events, but according to July 10’s Webinar Wednesday, “Reinvent the Resident Event,” doing so is necessary to attract and retain...

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