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  • Rescuing Your Reputation

    I was looking through someone’s Facebook album the other day and came across 17 identical pictures of a flower. Enraged by picture six, I wanted to contact this acquaintance and politely explain that I have absolutely no interest in seeing a daisy they found on the side of the road one time, let alone 17. Now, a field mouse sharing a biscuit with a panda bear in the emergency lane, or a three-...
  • Motivate Your Leasing Team in the “Slow Season”

    We recognize that this time of year can be a naturally quieter time for traffic.  However, when we know that it is a “slow season” it becomes even more important for your leasing team to inject energy into their working week and be proactive in their activities so that their performance does not lag. Of course we set goals to achieve our business objectives. However, setting goals is sometimes...
  • All Up in Your Face(book)

    I am a proud member of the Freshmen Class of Facebook. In those early days, back in 2004 and 2005, the site was new and exclusive (it required a .edu address to sign up) and cool. And the first day I stalked an on-campus crush using the “people search,” I knew it was going to change my life forever. One small step for me, one giant leap backward for all of womankind. There were, of course, other...
  • The Recession is Over! How Do We Get Back to Fundamentals?

    BankUnited executive Patrick Fitzgerald told a real estate lending conference in April that multifamily housing "is in a full-fledged healing mode." Vacancies are hovering at 6.6 percent nationally, down from 8.1 percent a year ago, and rents rose in the last three months of 2010 for the third consecutive quarter. This is phenomenal news for those of us that have been operating in a cash flow...

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