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  • Class Dismissed: 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference Comes to a Close

    It’s hard to believe the 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference & Exposition is already over. Yesterday was even more jam-packed than the first day of the conference, with amazing speakers, sessions and tradeshow buzz from top to bottom. As such, I write to you from the hospital, where I’m currently receiving an IV drip of coffee. But while I’m wired, let’s get to it—a round-up of day two...
  • There's An Impostor Among Us

    I was sitting in a morning meeting a few weeks ago, a mere half-hour after dropping a very large spoonful of oatmeal on my pants, thinking, “How did they let me into adulthood?” But that’s really one of life’s big secrets, isn’t it? That all of us—at some point or another—feel like we’re just faking our way through it all. Especially with a lap full of soggy breakfast food. Fortunately, we’re not...
  • That’s Ms. President to You

    Deciding what to cook for dinner—for just one person—often feels like too much pressure. Running the country? Um, no. I have absolutely no desire to become POTUS, but in celebration of President's Day, we asked one of our members—Greystar’s Liz Porras—to share some of the changes she would make as leader of the free world. Following are a few highlights: 1. Large corporations typically have...
  • How (and Why) to Build Community within Your Community

    The apartment industry houses one-third of the American population, so you might think that would make our onsite staff experts on building community. After all, they’re on the front lines of American families, and in many ways know their residents very well. So, how can property managers and leasing professionals take resident functions a step further than holiday parties to build a strong sense...

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