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  • It's Raining—Men, That Is

    It reached 106 degrees outside of Washington, D.C., in July—a temperature, combined with the humidity, that had me seriously considering a move to Antarctica. Surely they’re in need of a multifamily housing blogger over there.   While I received temporary relief sitting in the movie theater, where I fanned myself with two hours’ worth of scenes in which Channing Tatum and the rest of the “Magic...
  • List of Top Education Sessions at Boston NAA Conference Sheds Light on Industry Issues

    David Letterman isn’t the only one with a Top 10 list. We have our own list here at the National Apartment Association Education Institute, and ours doesn’t include the “Top 10 Things You Don't Want To Hear At A Barbecue” or the “Top 10 Superhero Pet Peeves,” though we did like the one about people not understanding the difference between “tights” and “leotards.” No, our Top 10 list identifies...
  • Sustainability at the National Apartment Association’s Conference

    As you read a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting on the topic of green apartment units at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) annual Education Conference in Boston at the end of June. We had a great turnout for our education session and the conference was pretty informative, so I thought I’d share my experience. Our presentation covered various topics such as what a...
  • Dipping My Toes—and Phone—In the 21st Century

    I went kayaking with a few friends the day it reached 106 degrees in Washington, D.C. (mistake No. 1). As I awkwardly climbed into my boat with the grace of a baby fawn learning how to use its legs, the 12-year-old boy by the docks assured me my possessions would be safe—and dry—in a spot in back of the kayak. He seemed wise and weathered beyond his years, so I trusted him (mistake No. 2)....

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