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  • Bringing Balance to the Real Estate Tax Discussion

    Recent reporting on Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s taxes has spilled over into broader coverage of specific incentives within our federal tax code that are perceived to benefit only the real estate industry. Many of these stories paint an incomplete picture of both the economics of real estate and what segments of our economy, in addition to real estate, use these tax incentives. They...
  • White House Spotlights Local Barriers to Affordable Housing Development

    Apartment Industry Advocates,Last month the Obama Administration weighed in on one of the seminal issues impacting local communities and one with which our industry finds itself struggling again – housing affordability. What might surprise you is that the message from the White House was not directed at property owners. The Housing Development Toolkit opens with this:Over the past three decades,...
  • Overtime Rule Threatens Our Most Important Asset: Customer Service

        Every day, my staff walks past a poster I hung over a decade ago. It says: “If You Don’t Take Care of the Customer, Someone Else Will.” For me, it’s not a cliché. It’s part of what I learned growing up an Irish Catholic kid in South Boston: how you decide to treat people is a simple but determinative driver of your own success. I am retiring later this year, after 17 years at NAA. In...
  • Increased Housing Costs and Stagnant Incomes: A Double Whammy for Women

    No one would deny that the lack of affordable housing in the United States is a serious problem. Housing affordability is all over the headlines, as is the gender pay gap, but when you couple them together with some basic demographic information, the stark economic inequality for women becomes even more evident. Between 2009 and 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than a million...

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