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October 17, 2018
Building Code Watch List
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The International Code Council (ICC) is nearing the end of the first development phase on the 2021 national model building codes. Throughout this process, NMHC/NAA identified nearly 300 proposals of interest to the multifamily industry.

While we’ve successfully stopped some measures from moving forward, other industry-opposed proposals are still under consideration as public comment hearings begin next week. Of particular note are new sprinkler requirements, additional egress and accessibility provisions, changes to valet trash rules and building reclassifications for short-term rentals.

We strongly encourage apartment executives to contact local building officials and ICC members before the hearings begin on Oct. 24. The full list of industry priority issues, as well as our voting recommendations, is available here

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Hurry! OPTECH Early Bird Pricing Ends Today

Save $200 on the multifamily industry’s premier tech conference. Forward-thinking speakers, an interactive exhibit hall, new tech start-ups and innovative solutions, exclusive networking and must-have research—OPTECH has it all.


The Debate Over Opportunity Zones

Enacted as part of last year’s tax reform package, the Opportunity Zone program is generating considerable attention and could drive significant investment in multifamily assets. The program allows taxpayers to defer tax on capital gains by reinvesting in designated distressed areas and includes the potential to eliminate tax on qualifying investments. NMHC hosted a primer on these investment tools during Fall Meeting; presentation slides are available here.


What Makes Rent "Affordable"?

Under America’s standard affordability measure, it’s hard to distinguish between the cause of the stress—rapidly rising rents or slow income growth. New analysis from researchers at the University of Southern California has the answer: It’s incomes, more than rents, that are changing for the worse.


Register Now for Emerging Leaders Denver on Nov. 1

NMHC’s Emerging Leaders program is bringing its regional Speaker Series to Denver for the first time next month. This special event for young executives features a Q&A with Terry Considine, chairman of the board and CEO of Aimco, and his daughter, Elizabeth “Tizzie” Likovich, a director at UDR. This under-40 event is open to NMHC members and nonmembers.


Student Housing Leaders Share Market Insights

Student housing’s leading executives recently gathered in Huntington Beach, Calif., for the 16th annual NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition. Click the recap for the highlights, including the latest finance, development and operational trends, exclusive research findings and quality networking.


Co-Living on the Rise in Big Cities

Co-living, an emerging real-estate trend where residents rent rooms in a shared apartment, represents only a tiny niche in the multibillion-dollar apartment industry. But developers are now preparing to build some of the largest new co-living properties in North America, a sign that the appeal of this type of housing could be broadening.
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New Research Compares Student Housing Costs

Private student housing providers have long argued that students living off campus in purpose-built student housing are getting much more for their money than students living on campus. NMHC recently partnered with Axiometrics, a RealPage Company, to test this theory. 
The study examined the cost differences between on-campus and off-campus housing options at 22 universities around the country. NMHC’s Chris Bruen, senior director of research, presented the study’s results for the first time at the 2018 NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition
The results show that, dollar for dollar, private purpose-built student housing offers more value than both student-competitive market-rate apartments and on-campus dorms, the latter of which frequently charge lower rents. Put another way, students living in purpose-built student housing pay less than they would for a similar suite of features and amenities at the other property types. The exception being that on-campus apartments offered a significant rent discount.

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