Friday, September 28, 2012
My parents had it easy—a fact I like to remind them of as often as possible.
You see, my brother and I were not your typical adolescents. We didn’t drink, we didn’t skip class, we didn’t go around town wreaking havoc upon unsuspecting elderly neighbors. In fact, it’s safe to say we were the world’s best—and, according our more popular peers, boring...
Friday, March 23, 2012
Current demand for apartment buildings in the U.S. is booming, in contrast to the homeownership rate, which is stagnating at its lowest level since 1998. Linked to this, government-sponsored mortgage companies are providing record levels of financing for apartment properties. This confluence of events is fueling a rush by investors to purchase properties, allowing lenders to recover 75% of the...
Monday, March 19, 2012
Safety is a lesson we learn from early childhood: Mothers remind us to pick up our toys from the hallway or warn us against placing a hand on a hot stove. Like our personal homes, the multi-unit communities in which we house hundreds or even thousands of residents have hazards that could cause a minor scrape or even a life-threatening injury. No community or leasing office – no matter how...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Disclaimer: If you are a potential love interest, please stop reading.
My name is Lauren and I own 36 porcelain dolls. I have a problem.
I began collecting them as a young girl and continued to do so until the age of 20, when my mom stopped enabling me. The dolls were taking up too much space and, more important, creeping people out. Friends would walk into my childhood bedroom for the first...