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  • The Straight Dope on Marijuana

    No one in my entire life has ever offered me any sort of drug. Like, not even pot. Looking back, I should probably be offended. Apparently I sailed through high school in my own little bubble of board-game loving friends—neither popular nor super nerdy. We were right in the middle and no one really paid any attention to us, one way or another. So not to sound all Laura Ingalls Wilder, but while...
  • Capitol Update: All Eyes are on the Midterms

    Apartment Industry Colleagues, Let me begin this month by thanking those affiliated associations and owners who participated in our apartment community tour program over the August recess. You spent time, resources and patience organizing tours of apartment communities with elected officials, including members of Congress, candidates for the House of Representatives and even state legislators....
  • There’s No Place Like Home

    By day, I write about ancillary revenue opportunities. By night, I ask for cheaper rent. It’s all a bit confusing. But so, too, is the concept of resident friendly ancillary revenue. And according to Steve Lefkovits, Joshua Tree Conference Group Principal, learning to leverage ancillary revenue without incurring resident ire is key to any successful revenue management program. “Incredible rent...
  • 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...

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