Yoga 3 Pro

Every once in a while, Microsoft and Apple reignite the classic Mac vs. PC battle through cleverly designed ads. The latest attack launches Microsoft’s latest notebook, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, placed head-to-head with Apple’s famous 13-inch MacBook Air. The ad starts by comparing the 17mm...

Green Retail Boom Nov25

Green Retail Boom

The demand for sustainable retail properties is growing, demonstrated by an influx in applications at accreditation organizations, top tier rents, and high trade rates. According to Lux Research, green building is now a $260 billion market with retail as one of its most vigorous verticals....

Yardi EHR Nov24

Yardi EHR

If you’ve been to the doctor lately, technology’s advance into the patient care and treatment realm was likely evident – whether your physician made notes on an iPad or your follow-up questions were addressed in an e-mail, medicine and mobile record-keeping have become inseparable. A...

Oppo R5

Chinese tech manufacturer Oppo Electronics presented their latest products just in time for the winter holidays, including two new phones, the N3 and the R5. The N3 will most likely be attractive to photography fans, considering the 16 megapixel camera mounted on a 206 degree rotating...

Professional Advancement Nov20

Professional Advancement

Problem: You want to be a greater asset to your company but the path to success seems unclear and you feel like you’re spinning your wheels. Solution: Advance your career by developing leadership skills that will prepare you for promotion. The skill set of a solid leader stands out on a resume or CV, and the effects of good leadership are often quantifiable. The Balance Sheet caught up with managers and executives throughout the industry to reveal the most sought-after leadership traits that will help you get ahead and lead with confidence. Getting Started Most of today’s leaders began as deck hands, so to speak, performing intro-level...

Meet MICA

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” Coco Chanel said. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what’s happening.” What’s happening is that the multibillion dollar worlds of technology and fashion are colliding like...

On the Urban Prairie Nov18

On the Urban Prairie

Drive out of Detroit’s Downtown and Midtown neighborhoods, away from the historic skyscrapers and abandoned ruins of once-grand buildings, and you are quickly amidst a whole different kind of surreal scene. Once densely packed with people, Detroit’s outlying single family home neighborhoods have suffered immensely from the city’s ongoing depopulation. Across the city’s 149 square miles, nearly every neighborhood had 15 percent of its homes abandoned or foreclosed. There are still an estimated 80,000 structures left standing. This summer, the federal government pushed Detroit to spend $850 million to tear down 40,000 of them in the...

Wood Residential Nov17

Wood Residential

With demand for new, high-quality urban apartment projects on the rise nationwide, Wood Residential has been busy. Parent company Wood Partners builds, positions and then sells Class A apartment communities in the nation’s most popular major cities. Wood Residential’s job is to lease up...

CrowdStreet & Mainstreet Nov14

CrowdStreet & M...

Earlier this year, an overhaul to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) opened to the doors to new sources of startup capital. Several changes are still under evaluation yet Section II, which dictates the guidelines for advertising, now allows firms to use ads to garner support from...

Best Business Laptop...

Today’s professionals can’t afford to miss a beat. Fulfilling client expectations often requires constant connectivity and reliable mobile access. We’ve narrowed down some of the best laptops for professionals that deliver the power, durability, and advanced features that you need to...

Self Storage Nov12

Self Storage

When considering some of the nation’s most profitable industries, what do you think of? The NFL? Entertainment? Self-storage? Surprisingly to most, self-storage outperforms a number of glossier industries. “The self-storage sector is sneaky big,” says Michael Scanlon, president and CEO...

Bring on Bikeability Nov11

Bring on Bikeability

American cities are changing for the better. More  pedestrian-friendly cities have popped up in the last decade promoting cleaner air, less traffic, and healthier residents. The option for walking and biking tops renters’ must-have lists and neighborhoods that don’t adapt to this new...

Gary Shaw Nov10

Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw is the kind of real estate executive you want to go to a backyard BBQ with. He’s a self-deprecating family guy, who jokes that he was “suckered” into buying the Arizona-based commercial management company, Arcadia Management Group, that his mother, Peggy Burgess, founded when...

Ending Homelessness Nov07

Ending Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced more than $62 million in aid for homeless veterans. The funds will assist over 9,000 servicemen and women with permanent housing, dedicated case workers, and medical...

The Radco Companies Nov06

The Radco Companies

The real estate turnaround business is no longer an easy proposition, observes Norman Radow, founder and CEO of The Radco Companies, a Yardi client. “It takes a lot more skill and shoe leather to find those opportunities today,” Radow says. Yet, Radco remains very much active in acquiring...

Habitat Gets Greener Nov05

Habitat Gets Greener

The uptick in green affordable housing continues as Habitat for Humanity embraces passivehaus design. Passivehaus, or Passive House, is a rigorous German building standard that emphasizes air-tight envelopes, optimized solar gain, and decreased dependence on mechanical heating and cooling....

New Apple Offerings

The new holiday lineup from Apple has launched, and Tim Cook calls it “the strongest lineup of products that Apple has ever had.” Joining the iPhone line and the updated iOS are the new iPads, iMac, and OS X Yosemite. The iPad Air 2 is a 6.1mm thick tablet, down from the previous 7.5mm;...

Divining Detroit Nov03

Divining Detroit

The first thing you learn in Detroit is that you don’t know anything about Detroit. Most Americans – even many Michigan residents – perceive the city as crime-ridden, crumbling, conundrum. Spend a day or two in Detroit and you’ll likely come away with a different impression: one of a place that, as one lifelong resident put it, “has gone through hell, and now, very quietly, there are pockets of rebirth.” Rebirth, encore, renaissance – these are the kinds of words you hear a lot of when talking to passionate Detroiters. Their enthusiasm is infectious. The city’s transformation from a metropolis of 2 million to a city of...

Game On! Oct31

Game On!

Can you remember back to your middle school days? Perhaps it’s a different visual for everyone, but mine is a crystal clear picture with smell-o-vision. You know that “this classroom of preteens is barely discovering deodorant” smell? I remember it well. I also remember the antagonistic...

Resident Retention Oct30

Resident Retention

Reducing turnover (and loss of revenue) requires multiple factors working together in harmony, such as a great location, beautiful homes and amenities, and a maintenance crew that is always on point. But perhaps most importantly, the relationship that renters build with the onsite staff can...