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  • I Hear It’s Supposed to Rain Tomorrow

    If I had to make a life list of the things I most despise, making small talk would fall just below people leaving uneaten desserts at restaurants and glitter (it never goes away). Consider the conversation required in an elevator. Whether it’s a stranger or my best friend, the second those doors shut and I have to decide whether to look directly at them or speak to them through their reflection...
  • Meet the Oldest Property Manager in the World

    The apartment industry has changed a lot over the past three years, let alone 300 years. While we’ll never quite know what it was like back then, I had a little fun imagining a conversation with a property management executive from the 1700s…Me: I’m delighted that you, Leopold Hawthorne, the oldest property management executive in the world, agreed to this interview. Before discussing property...
  • Capitol Update: Blame Game in Full Swing as Clock Ticks

    Apartment Industry Advocates,As I write these words the clock is ticking down to the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years. House Republicans want to defund, delay or otherwise defang the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in exchange for extending funding for the federal government through December 15. Senate Democrats and the White House refuse to consider any legislation that touches the...
  • Under the Big Top

    My younger brother and I were always trying to make a buck. Well, wanting to make a buck. The trying, not as much. Our more ambitious entrepreneurial peers were manning lemonade stands, cutting grass and selling baked goods, but Chris and I wanted to do something a bit more creative. Naturally, we settled on a carnival. Our yard wasn’t humongous, but we were confident we had just enough space for...

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