Hurricane Season Sep30

Hurricane Season

With hurricane season in full swing on both coasts, we can all benefit from a refresher on hurricane preparedness for properties and residents. According to the National Weather Service, last year was relatively calm for hurricanes and tropical storms with property damages totaling just over...

Against the Wall Sep29

Against the Wall

Michael J. Novogradac, a managing partner at Novogradac & Co., estimates that available affordable housing lags behind demand by as many as 20 million units. The funding simply isn’t there. Without it, low-income families and affordable housing providers are running low on...

Affordable Honors Sep26

Affordable Honors

Affordable Housing Finance’s readers chose their favorite projects from 34 finalists in nine categories based on innovation, community impact and creative problem solving, among other criteria.  Seven of the nine projects are from Yardi clients with diverse development specialties in green...

Wi-Fi Calling

Wi-Fi Calling has never been a priority for carriers with good cellular service. However, following the recent announcement that iPhones will support Wi-Fi Calling through iOS8, and that T-Mobile is already on board, the rest of the carriers have somewhat been forced to rethink their plans for...

Smart Green Buildings Sep24

Smart Green Building...

Going green has become a way of life for many of us. Mostly thanks to the efforts of environmental groups who advocate for a greener future, we can now easily incorporate sustainable practices into our daily lives. We carpool to work, buy hybrid cars, use reusable shopping bags, compost,...

Back on Track Sep23

Back on Track

The U.S. apartment market is getting back on track.  As of July 2014, 386,000 units are underway, shows Fannie Mae’s Housing Industry Forum.  Multifamily research firm Axiometrics reported that year-to-date effective rent growth was the highest since the Great Recession, with June 2014’s...

Tech’s Top Towns Sep22

Tech’s Top Towns

As many developers, investors and brokers are discovering, “technology” is no monolithic industry. The tech sector translates into multiple business specialties and magnets, as dozens of cities stake their claim to the technology boom – with far-reaching impacts on commercial real estate. Along with its highest-profile component, consumer electronics, the age of technology encompasses companies and real estate requirements ranging from finance and insurance to the automotive sector. This creates opportunities and challenges for real estate stakeholders as they tailor their projects and services to their clients’ needs and...

Minnie’s Food Pantry Sep19

Minnie’s Food Pantry...

The solution was obvious. If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one. It was a simple solution to a problem that didn’t exist. At least, that’s what Cheryl Jackson was told. As she educated on food insecurity in the area, many fellow residents pulled her aside to inform her that...

Jim Postell Sep18

Jim Postell

Jim Postell brings an unusual background to the commercial real estate industry – with a passion for acting and communications, he thought he might work as a journalist or producer. But when he graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Communications/Directing, no companies in...

7 Security Tips Sep17

7 Security Tips

September is REALTOR Safety Month, an excellent opportunity to spread awareness about security and safety issues facing our industry.  The list below highlights seven safety tips that can keep you safe while working and networking online. Review your company’s internet policy and stick...

Every Child Counts Sep16

Every Child Counts

In India and around the world, childhood education is a crucial development tool, contributing to both personal progress and an improved international economy. But in many countries, delivering educational opportunity to all sections of the population is still a challenge, resulting in students who might attend school sporadically or not at all. In India, one of the major challenges is to convince the parents of especially impoverished children of the value of a formal education. Here in Pune, one non-profit has made it their mission to help every child have access to learning, and employees from Yardi’s office here are involved in the...

LOBOS Sep15

LOBOS

In efforts to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, commercial real estate leaders are turning to sustainable building and management techniques. While there are countless products and services on the market to improve efficiency in these areas, few offer an unobtrusive option that is...

Apple’s Autumn Crop

In the technology world, autumn brings with it a new line of Apple devices. From the stage of the Flint Center in Cupertino earlier this week, the launch location of Macintosh and iMac, Tim Cook announced the arrival of the new generation of iPhones and the debut of the company’s much-anticipated first wearable, the Apple Watch. Continuing last year’s trend, the company introduced two models of iPhones: the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Their enlarged sizes flaunt curved edges with a thinner figure of 6.8 mm and 7.1 mm, respectively (the iPhone 5S is 7.6 mm thick). The curved glass screen melds smoothly into the...

Dylan Pichulik Sep11

Dylan Pichulik

Not all costs are spelled out in a lease agreement, according to Dylan Pichulik, CEO of Yardi client XL Real Property Management. We recently interviewed Pichulik about hidden costs associated with rental units. Tell me about XL Real Property Management. Pichulik: I created XL Real Property...

Purpose Cities Sep10

Purpose Cities

What sets the blossoming Adelaide, Australia apart from the confines of Palmanova, Italy? It’s a question that many city designers face with a mix of fear and excitement. And with more purpose cities on the horizon, it’s a question better answered sooner than later. City planners may find...

Commercial Green Sep09

Commercial Green

The recent recession may have been the best thing to happen to sustainable commercial building. During those years, sustainable buildings proved their value: sustainable properties experienced lower vacancy rates; builders with green experience fared better than their counterparts; and businesses began to acknowledge green building and renovation for its cost-saving benefits. The environmental benefits were often received as an afterthought. “During the recession, tenants and landlords tried to save on up-front construction costs, but they realized that by putting sustainable strategies in place, they could really save money in the long...

MultiGen Multifamily Sep08

MultiGen Multifamily

Pew Research reports that there are now more than 57 million Americans living in multi-generational homes.  Traditional single-family products no longer meet the needs of today’s cross-generational households, paving the way for multigen, multifamily communities that offer flexible alternatives. The uptick in multigen housing began in the 80s, inching from 12.1 percent of households to 18.1 percent in 2012. The top ten cities to experience the greatest growth include: El Paso, TX Madison, WI Cincinnati, OH Columbia, SC Little Rock, AR Ogden, UT Boston, MA Sacramento, CA Honolulu, HI Jacksonville, FL In the traditional approach to...

Hudson Yards Sep05

Hudson Yards

New York City’s Hudson Yards marks the beginning of a new era in urban design. Developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group on the West Side of Manhattan, the $20 billion project is being touted as the largest private real estate development in the U.S. history and a model of...

Next Gen Genesis Sep04

Next Gen Genesis

When seeking your ideal property management software, you will likely wade through countless options, each offering a different combination of services at a range of prices. You’ll come across features that you crave, other that you don’t need, and several that you might not understand....

Standing Up for Seniors Sep03

Standing Up for Seniors

For plenty of people, running a business with your sibling, no matter how amicable your relationship, might sound like a daunting – even undesirable – challenge. Identical twins Robert  (Bob) and William (Bill) Thomas of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the co-founders and managing principals of Senior Star, talk about it differently. “It’s just a thing of joy. We’re pretty blessed; we’ve been partners for life,” says Bob Thomas. “It’s been one of the most delightful pleasures of my entire life,” says Bill Thomas. Both brothers give much of the credit for their extensive community service and close sibling relationship to their parents,...