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  • I Smell a Rat

    Last month I woke up in the middle of the night in sheer panic. A mouse was sitting in my hand. I sat up and launched the rodent across the room before jumping out of bed, turning on the lights, and frantically searching my sheets for additional mice. And then I looked around, rubbed my eyes and realized that the furry thing I felt in my hand—the thing I had just violently thrown against the...
  • To Catch a Liar

    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—teenagers. Thus, having a fake ID never even...
  • We Are Thrilled That The Market Is Climbing…But Why?

    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...
  • Community and Workplace Safety – It’s Not a Dance

    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 small...

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