Operations


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    Are short-term rentals worth the risk?

    Problems in one Texas high-rise show the challenges of relying on temporary guests, but some managers say they can smooth out issues.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    AvalonBay exec: Inflation, not demand, drove rent growth this year

    Higher rents have led investors to push the “boundaries of underwriting,” according to senior vice president for market research Craig Thomas.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Nov. 15, 2022
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    Supply chain outlook: more shortages, price hikes ahead

    Analysts and contractors break down prices and lead times for concrete, cement, steel, lumber, insulation, drywall and HVAC equipment in the coming year.

    By Sebastian Obando • Nov. 14, 2022
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    CRE developers reveal their biggest challenges for 2023

    “If you’re in real estate, you are in a recession,” said the author of a new study looking at the main drivers of anxiety among owners.

    By Sebastian Obando • Nov. 11, 2022
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    New suit alleges RealPage, Greystar, others colluded on student housing

    The class-action lawsuit accuses 10 companies of using RealPage’s systems to inflate student housing rents across the U.S.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    Rent-to-income ratios push toward 40%, some owners say

    Renters are squeezed more than ever, as the cost of living rises across the country.

    By Nov. 7, 2022
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    Q&A

    To foster community, connect residents to the outside

    Gardens and co-working spaces are among MBH Architects’ strategies for resident interaction.

    By Nov. 4, 2022
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    How to prevent application fraud

    Technology and more in-depth checks from property staff can help, but local regulations are an obstacle.

    By Nov. 2, 2022
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    Are interest rates too high? Daryl Carter has seen much worse

    Avanath’s CEO is still getting affordable apartment deals done despite volatility in the market.

    By Nov. 1, 2022
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    Application fraud on the rise

    Catching scammers before they sign a lease is often easier said than done, according to multifamily owners, operators and vendors.

    By Nov. 1, 2022
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    Blackstone sees for-sale cost increases driving rental demand

    With cap rates rising, the investment giant is focusing on cash flow with multifamily acquisitions.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Oct. 28, 2022
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    The Habitat Co. breaks ground on high-rise apartment tower in Chicago

    Cassidy on Canal will add 343 new apartments in the Fulton River District.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    Thought Leaders: October 2022

    Executives from Greystar, Blackfin and more talk about their latest challenges and successes.

    By Multifamily Dive Staff • Oct. 28, 2022
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    Q&A

    Operators manage owners’ expectations as rent growth turns ‘less good’

    Although the Phoenix economy has expanded, John Carlson of Mark-Taylor Residential knows rental growth will slow.

    By Oct. 20, 2022
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    Inside one company’s strategy to focus on the Latino market

    Eagle Property Capital’s value-add strategy goes beyond property improvements to make its residents' lives better.

    By Oct. 18, 2022
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    4 ways apartment operators can boost hiring, retention

    Upgraded benefits and pay, better training and more flexibility are among the perks that management companies are offering to attract and retain workers.

    By Oct. 18, 2022
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    Is it getting easier to staff apartment properties?

    Although it may be easier to find workers for property-level jobs, filling service roles is still challenging.

    By Oct. 17, 2022
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    DEALS + STARTS

    Toll Brothers breaks ground on luxury mid-rise near Dallas

    The firm aims to have 2,400 units under construction across Texas by the end of the year.

    By Oct. 17, 2022
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    3 items property managers are focused on this fall

    Budgeting and getting back to basics take center stage for the rest of the year, according to execs from Cortland, Village Green and Bainbridge.

    By Oct. 12, 2022
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    Landlords bear the burden of gun safety in their communities

    Most states leave tough decisions about the complicated issue of firearm restrictions to multifamily property owners.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Oct. 11, 2022
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    Q&A

    Apartment owner says Dallas is still undersupplied

    Even with a robust supply pipeline and slowing rent growth, Ashland Greene’s CEO likes the fundamentals in his hometown.

    By Oct. 11, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    9 of the year’s top amenity trends

    Coworking space is among the most vital, with rentable household items, to-go markets and pet wash stations also cited by multifamily experts.

    By Oct. 10, 2022
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    Lendlease Americas names new CEO

    Claire Johnston has overseen the firm’s military housing portfolio and its Bay Area development venture with Google.

    By Oct. 6, 2022
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    Fannie Mae launches program to help renters boost their credit scores

    For a 12-month period, Fannie Mae will cover the costs of collecting and disseminating rent payment data for multifamily owners that use one of three approved vendors.

    By Oct. 5, 2022
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    This small firm aims to manage 75,000 units in the next 2 years

    Virginia-based Middleburg Communities is aggressively pursuing other property management firms.

    By Oct. 3, 2022