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  • Summer Is The Time for Grillin’!

    I am a huge fan of fire, in its respected place. I love putting various food items over fire regularly and with malice. Beef, pork or fowl (and even fruits or vegetables!) are likely to find their way between my tongs over the wonderful aroma of burning charcoal or propane. Lately I’m experimenting with the various kinds of wood chips to produce different flavors on whatever is over the fire. To...
  • Learn How to Maximize Your Assets

    Word is out about the apartment industry’s newest conference. The 2014 Maximize: Multifamily Asset Management Conference is coming Oct. 13-15 to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida. But what is Maximize? It’s innovation in operations. It’s sustainable design and development. It’s revenue management and systems benchmarking. It’s about extracting total value and return from...
  • All in the Family—Multifamily

    My Dad has been a teacher for over 35 years. Take a minute and think about just how many annoying high schoolers that shakes out to be. It’s, like, a million. Growing up I considered following suit, turning the shaping of young minds into a family business of sorts. And then I grew up a little more and realized that, truth be told, I don’t really care for teenagers. Nor do I care for grading...
  • Landscaping: A Different Kind of Green

    Last July I purchased my first home, and since then I’ve been scouring the place for upgrades that will increase my efficiency to save money long term. I started with easy things like replacing all of the high-flow faucet aerators, swapping out 65 watt incandescent lighting for 9.5 watt LEDs, and replacing the existing appliances from the 90s with ENERGY STAR® qualified models. After all that was...

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