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  • 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,...
  • Capitol Update: Outcome of Midterm Elections Critical to Apartment Industry

    Dear Apartment Industry Colleagues,It’s once again that time of year when Congressional thoughts turn to the five-week August recess – vacations, Congressional Delegation (“CODEL”) trips, town hall meetings, fundraisers, parades and apartment community tours.  Typically at this time of year I bemoan the partisanship that prevented so many straightforward legislative successes from happening...
  • 7 Ways You Can Avoid Getting Trampled

    I refuse to participate in Black Friday. (They already have Halloween candy out in stores, so I'm allowed to talk about November.) For starters, I have no interest in being trampled to death outside of a Walmart. That plasma TV is swell and all, but I’d sooner keep my extremities intact.  I also have very little patience for shoppers with very little patience. Additionally, I will never...
  • 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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