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November 6, 2014

Sneak Peek of All OpTech's Happenings

In less than two weeks, the annual NMHC OpTech Conference & Exposition will kick off in Orlando, with a packed agenda. Attendees will hear from best-selling authors Jonah Berger and Jason Jennings, meet with top suppliers and service providers, access exclusive research and participate in stimulating discussion of the industry’s biggest issues.

Here’s just a sampling of some of the program’s can’t-miss sessions:

Smart Apartments: Coming Soon to a Community Near You?

Conscious Unbundling: How Cord Cutters Are Impacting Apartments

Package Delivery Solutions for an Online World

Win/Win: Desired Amenities + Ancillary Income

In addition, NMHC Launch Pad will close out the annual event for the third year running. This year’s competition is likely to be the fiercest yet, after attracting a record number of entry submissions.

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Federal Mortgage Policy Change Ignites Fears of a Return to Pre-Bubble Policies

In his inaugural Bibby Blog post, NMHC President Doug Bibby looks at federal regulators’ announcement permitting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to guarantee loans with down payments as little as 3 percent and considers


Multifamily Fly-In to Urge Action on Terrorism Insurance Scheduled for Nov. 19

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) expires at the end of the year. Congress is considering a short-term extension rather than a more permanent solution. NMHC/NAA invites members to participate in a legislative fly-in on Wednesday, Nov. 19 to meet with key congressional offices and urge lawmakers to act now for a multiyear reauthorization.


NMHC Emerging Leaders to Host Networking Event in Atlanta Next Week (Nov. 12)

The group will hold its final Speakers Series event for 2014 on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Whisky Blue in Atlanta. The program features Wilkinson Real Estate Advisors’ Jerry Wilkinson, Clark Ventures’ Jordan Clark and The Worthington Companies’ J. Michael McGwier, followed by a networking reception for the industry’s young, up-and-coming professionals. (Catch up the EL’s September event here)


Real Estate Funds Needn't Be Riled by Rising Rates

Rising interest rates threaten to put the hurt on owners of commercial real estate and limit demand for their stocks. But the beating may be less severe than feared, assuming the rate increase is slow and steady and the result of an improving economy.


Why Housing Rents Have Skyrocketed

A fair look at why rents have continued to rise amid shaky overall economic growth. Reason numero uno: Rental demand has strengthened while supply has remained tight.


A History Lesson on the Garden Apartment

Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s proved to be the perfect breeding ground for garden apartments, affordable, low-rise, low-density units clustered on large tracts of land. The city shines a warm light on the city’s most iconic garden communities.
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A hand-selected collection of noteworthy articles on a wide variety of issues of interest to apartment executives.
No Picket Fence: Younger Adults Opting to Rent

NMHC and NAA Officers Meet with FHFA Director Watt

Renters: When They’ll Move and What They Want

Pet Rent Takes a Bite Out of Renters’ Wallets

NMHC Summary of Important Changes to 2015 ICC Model Codes

Why Millennials Love Renting

The Multifamily Upcycle Still Has Legs

Harvard Insight into the Motivations of Renters with No Intent to Own—Ever

New Study Digs into Why People Move—Jobs or Housing?

Student Loan Debt Unlikely to Cause a Lost Millennial Generation

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Upcoming Meetings

2014 NMHC NMHC Emerging Leaders Speaker Series- Atlanta
November 12, 2014
Whiskey Blue in Atlanta, GA

2014 NMHC Optech Conference & Exposition
November 17 - 19, 2014
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL

2014 NMHC Human Resources Forum
November 19, 2014
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL

2014 NMHC Risk Management Forum
November 19, 2014
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL

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Growing Renter Demand Expands Beyond Millennials

Millennials may be the target renter demographic du jour, but the latest NMHC Quarterly Survey results also show that apartment demand is also coming from demographics beyond the core mid-to-late twenties set.

“Young people still make up a disproportionate share of apartment renters. But now we’re starting to see growing segment of baby boomers attracted to apartment living,” said NMHC Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Economist Mark Obrinsky.


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