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July 31, 2014

New Industry Must-Read Launches with Multifamily FourSight

NMHC has long been a place for forward-thinking leaders to work together to shape a positive future for the multifamily industry. We keep a keen and discerning eye on the important, big-picture questions, opportunities and threats that have the potential to affect our growing and changing industry.

To that end, NMHC is happy to launch Multifamily FourSight, a regular column that will challenge four industry executives to share their thoughts on emerging trends, technologies and issues and how those changes will ultimately alter the way we do business.

The first FourSight column focuses on the Internet of Everything—the “Next Big Thing” in technology that could be five to 10 times more significant than the whole Internet revolution. So, how will the ability to connect everyday items to the Internet wirelessly, and then monitor them remotely, change the apartment business?

Four industry executives—Toby Bozzuto, Donald Davidoff, Richard Brennan and Rick Haughey—tell us what they think.

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September Networking Event to Feature Some of Congress' Rising Stars

Under-40 industry professionals are invited to network with fellow multifamily colleagues while getting an insider’s view of life on Capitol Hill during a special Emerging Leaders Speakers Series event on Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C. The event will feature up-and-coming members of Congress and key staff members for a behind-the-scenes-look at what it’s really like working in policy and politics. Space is limited, so book your spot early.


Should Housing Policy Support Renters More?

The American public is now divided on whether homeownership is a good long-term investment, and a majority see homeownership as less appealing than it once was. Given this shift, six housing experts debate whether housing policy should be more balanced, supporting rental housing and homeownership on more equal footing.


Why Apartment Rehab Activity Is as Important as New Construction in Meeting Future Demand

Given current trends in renting and multifamily rental-housing inventory, apartment demand should exceed supply for years to come. But new construction by itself won't fill the gap. Freddie Mac’s David Brickman contends that additional investment needs to be made in existing units to keep them in active inventory.


Aimco Among Elite Group of Companies Recognized for Earnings Performance over Two Decades

The year 1994 saw the launch of some of the nation’s most admired companies, including Amazon and Yahoo. But WSJ analysis shows, 20 years later, just six of those companies in the class of ‘94 that still trade on a major index have made more than a billion dollars in cumulative profit in the two decades since. NMHC 50 mainstay Aimco ranks among them.


Dispute over Separate Entrance for Low-Income Residents Highlights Flaws in Inclusionary Zoning Policies

In a new luxury development in Manhattan, residents of the community’s affordable apartments will have a separate entrance from the other residents, known as a “poor door” by those outraged by the plan. However, the debate also calls into question the effectiveness of affordable housing policy and inclusionary zoning policies specifically. One reporter explains why hating on the poor door distracts from the bigger problem.
In Case You Missed It
A hand-selected collection of noteworthy articles on a wide variety of issues of interest to apartment executives.

Julian Castro Sworn in as HUD Secretary

NIMBYs Cost the U.S. Economy Billions

How Big Cities That Restrict Housing Harm the Economy

The Economic Impact of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit

The Housing Market Is Improving, But There Still Aren’t Enough Affordable Homes to Go Around

A Startup That Aims to Improve on Craigslist’s Crappy Apartment Listings

Retired Cargo Containers Converted into Student Housing

Six Myths of Real Estate Crowdfunding

Preferred Apartment Communities Buys 1,300 Unit Portfolio

The New Math of Housing Challenges the 30 Percent of Income Rule

A Look Back at the Top 10 Apartment Managers of the Last 25 Years

Inside Zillow’s Purchase of Trulia and Its Effect on Real Estate Marketing

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Interest in Suburban Town Center Development Grows

In addition to showing continued apartment market expansion in 2Q 2014, NMHC’s most recent Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions also indicated some shift in urban versus suburban development trends.

While roughly four in 10 respondents reported an increased share of urban development relative to suburban in the last six months, over one quarter reported an increased share of suburban development. Of the suburban development taking place, more than half reported more town center-style developments.

“Early in the recovery, apartment development was concentrated in downtown areas of large cities,” explains NMHC Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Economist Mark Obrinsky. “While such areas continue to attract investment, new construction is expanding more broadly into suburbs as well. But developers are bringing urban style to suburban locations, with a heavier emphasis on ‘town center’ communities than we’ve seen in the past.”

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