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September 26, 2018
Rent Control Reckoning
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This Election Day, Proposition 10 is on the ballot in California. Prop 10 aims to expressly repeal Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a law that has effectively fenced in rent control in the state since the mid-1990s.

In his latest blog, NMHC President Doug Bibby argues that, if voters opt yes on Prop 10, it's hello to seriously aggressive new rent control regs in California. Local municipalities would have the ability to put rent caps on all rental properties—single family, multifamily and condominiums—without any restrictions.

This is nothing short of an existential threat to the multifamily industry, posing a greater risk than any issue the industry has faced in decades, he says. A win in California fuels support for similar rent control measures in other places like Chicago, Denver, Seattle and Portland. Here’s what Bibby says executives need to do to successfully stop these advancements.

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Greystar Completes $4.6B Purchase of EdR

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State of the Market Update

In this edition of the Apartment Strategies Outlook Update, executives from HFF, Marcus & Millichap, NMHC and Trammell Crow discuss the health of the apartment market to date and how monetary policy, interest rate hikes, new regulations and proposed policy shifts could affect the multifamily industry. 


Multifamily Industry Takes Capitol Hill for Regulatory Reform

NMHC Chairwoman Sue Ansel and Secretary Jim Schloemer recently testified before members of Congress on solutions to regulatory burdens imposed at the local, state and federal levels, as well as potential solutions for the housing shortage fueling the affordability crisis.


NIMBYs Really Hate Developers When They Turn a Profit

Most think NIMBYs oppose development because it will lead to a degradation of the neighborhood character. However, the explanation might be more straightforward than that. According to a study out of UCLA, their resistance to development is connected to the fact they don’t like to see the developers make a profit from their efforts.


New Internet of Things Webinar Now Available

Both opportunities and challenges are inherent in the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT). In this webinar, multifamily practitioners and cybersecurity experts offer recommendations on best practices for managing the risks while capitalizing on the potential


NMHC Fall Meeting Recap

A record number of NMHC members recently attended the fall meeting in Washington, D.C., meeting with numerous members of Congress and policymakers, including HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Catch up on all the good stuff with this recap.
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Elizabeth Warren’s Ambitious Fix for America’s Housing Crisis

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Multifamily Market Dashboard

Is There a New Single-Family House Prices Bubble?

By almost all measures, single-family house prices are higher now than they were at the height of the bubble in 2006. Given that painful history following the bursting of this bubble, the rise in house prices has many asking, are we seeing the beginning of a new bubble in house prices?

In the most recent Research Notes, NMHC’s research team examines several key indicators, finding little evidence of a bubble. Instead, the rise in home prices is mainly the result of demand outstripping supply—similar to the dynamics in the apartment industry, but with a few years’ time lag.

Upcoming Meetings

2018 NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition, October 3 - 5, 2018 in Huntington Beach, CA

2018 NMHC Emerging Leaders Speaker Series Houston, October 17, 2018 in Houston, TX

2018 NMHC Emerging Leaders Speaker Series Denver, November 1, 2018 in Denver, CO

2018 NMHC OPTECH Conference & Exposition, November 14 - 16, 2018 in Orlando, FL
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