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August 13, 2014

Passé Parking Policies Limit Downtown Housing for Families

Young, single Millennials are fueling today’s demand for studio and one-bedroom apartments in hyper urban locations. But what happens when they finally decide to head down the aisle? Cities will need to find ways to meet these changing needs—or face the possibility of their downtowns emptying out as fast as they filled up.

But building affordable, urban housing for families comes with its challenges. However, parking policies are one hurdle that could be mitigated with smarter planning. With below-grade parking costing up to $35,000 per stall to develop, the trick is to figure out how to efficiently unbundle parking requirements from living space needs.

Find some extra 9’x18’ inspiration with this group of architects’ design fix for New York’s retro parking requirements. Veritable taxonomy of parking solutions included.

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New Student Housing Design Goes All Out

Get pumped for the 12th annual 2014 NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition this fall with a primer on the latest trends in student housing development and design. Bottom line: Go big or go home when it comes to student housing amenity packages.


FHA Commissioner Galante to Leave HUD

Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Carol Galante announced she will leave the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development toward the end of the year. Galante had previously served as the administration’s deputy assistant secretary for multifamily housing. Many housing groups applauded her work. Check out what NMHC had to say here.


Connect with Other HR and Research Professionals with NMHC’s Listservs

NMHC recently refreshed its email listserv platform, giving NMHC members a better place to join the conversation on emerging issues in both human resources management and multifamily research. Members are welcome to join one or both listservs. New to the listservs? Haven’t visited in a while? Here’s how to get started.


How Renting an Apartment Is Becoming Like Buying a Plane Ticket

A look at how the widespread use of revenue management software in one local market is pushing apartment seekers to change the way they look for apartments—and transforming the metrics providers and analysts use to benchmark performance. Also related: Tips on revenue management best practices from the hotel pros.


Summer’s a Great Time for Resident Appreciation

The last days of summer may be rapidly approaching, but there’s still time to organize a resident appreciation week or special event to say thanks for the continued business. Get armed with a few ideas from this Multifamily Insider’s blog.
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Majority of Renters Rely Solely on Cell Phones for Communications

Residents’ expectations of cell service connectivity have evolved dramatically in recent years, as more people have forgone landline telephones for at-home communication needs.

In fact, roughly two in five American households have only wireless telephone service at home, according to recently released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. And the number is even higher for renters (see Fig. 1).

This fact underscores how critical cellular connectivity is in apartment communities, where residents’ decisions to sign or renew leases could be influenced by how many bars of service they get.

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