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Renters Take Over Major Metro Areas

Data Insider In 2006, the majority of the population in just five of the largest 11 U.S. cities lived in rental housing; in 2013, that number increased to nine, according to a report issued Feb. 9 by New York University's...

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Winning the Zero Moment of Truth

Aahhh, success. The prospective resident walks through the door of your community and says, “Hello, I’m looking for a new apartment. I did some research on the Internet and I saw this place and I was wondering if you have...

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Gunti Weissenberger: The Effective Advocate

Political Insider Guntram “Gunti” Weissenberger, President of The Westover Companies, grew up around the real estate industry. His father started the company as a homebuilder after arriving in the United States from Austria with $20 in his pocket. In 1988,...

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Next Gen: Employee Profile

Each month, units will profile one of our industry’s rising stars to give you a preview of multifamily’s bright future. Name: Ian Mattingly Title: President Company: LumaCorp Years in the Industry: 12 Volunteer Positions: Member of NAA Education Conference Committee,...

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Sort Through Affordable Housing Development Acronyms

Real estate developers looking to enter the affordable housing marketplace are familiar with the acronym “LIHTC” (low-income housing tax credit), but may be wondering how one works with a public housing agency (PHA) to obtain operating subsidy or project-based vouchers...

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When Mother Nature Storms In

Maintenance Insider One aspect of maintenance that is sometimes disregarded is the unforeseen emergency issue. Except—of course—when it's too late. Mother Nature doesn’t hand out a schedule of upcoming storms and adverse weather so apartment communities can’t budget for the...

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Do It Yourself

Maintenance Insider Q: One of my new residents, upon moving in, says the gas burner on the stove would not light. The pilot light is OK, but the burner will just not light automatically. I’m pretty sure the stove was...

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NAA Affiliates’ Maintenance Mania Results

Following are results from NAA-affiliated apartment associations that hosted 2014-2015 season. Maintenance Mania competitions. Contact Donna Motley at 703-797-0625 for more information. First Coast Apartment Association National Championship Qualifiers First Place: Jimmy Garcia, The Lakes@Ponte Vedra, First Communities Second: Brandon...

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Real-Time Viewing for Construction

An invoice arrives from a contractor maintaining that he completed HVAC installation by the agreed-on Nov. 15 deadline and it is time for him to get paid. Based on several virtual meetings between the construction manager and the owner's representative,...

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In Memoriam: Nan Cavaretta (1945-2015)

Nan Price Cavaretta Adamson Nan Price Cavaretta Adamson passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2015, surrounded by her loving husband Don and her two sisters. Born in Pensacola, Fla., on Sept. 29, 1945, she spent most of her childhood growing...

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>>>The Update

Management Insider Acquisitions in the senior housing and care sector totaled $17 billion in 2014, a nearly 20 percent increase from the previous year, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. More than 500 deals closed,...

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Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers • Management Anne W. Ossewaarde Sr. • VP Asset Management • Bell Partners • Greensboro, N.C. Bell Partners named Anne W. Ossewaarde as Senior Vice President Asset & Portfolio Management. Ossewaarde joins from CBRE Global Investors in Atlanta...

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'Consumers Expect’ Energy Best Practices

R.O.E.— Return on Energy Companies or products that are touting or marketing sustainability practices are losing their edge in consumerism, according to Suzanne Shelton, President and CEO of Shelton Group, a leading marketing agency focused exclusively on energy and the...

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HUD to Assist California Multifamily Owners

R.O.E.— Return on Energy In an effort to assist and enable owners of affordable multifamily buildings who have trouble making cost-effective energy and water upgrades in California, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro on...

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Congress’ Act Helps Military Housing Be Green

R.O.E.— Return on Energy Recent Congressional approval of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with specific recognition of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) in that legislation, now grants military housing providers the opportunity for greater operating efficiencies. The...

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APPs Galore

Following are apps recommended by industry professionals for managing everyday life, based on a Facebook discussion led by apartment consultant Lisa Trosien. Mint Bills Tracks bills and money, helping avoid missing payments, late fees and overdrafts. Monitor accounts and credit...

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Building for Bandwidth Bonanza

To meet residents’ incredible demand for downloads, owners continue to look to increase and improve the way they deliver bandwidth. Most apartment communities today do not provide enough bandwidth or Wi-Fi density to satisfy their residents’ needs. As to what...

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For Renters, All Things Programmable

Automated amenities are no longer exclusive to the rich and famous. Many will be part of tomorrow’s every-day apartments. The young professional apartment resident imagined what her morning would be like in the smart apartment of the future: She would...

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