Multifamily movers and shakers gathered in Phoenix, Ariz., last week to kick off the three-day Apartment Finance Today Conference. Their discussion focused on capital challenges, lending strategies, occupancy and rent growth opportunities, and the state of the current economy. Event highlights included a roundtable discussion with industry leaders, a CFO power panel, and a keynote luncheon by former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the key takeaways from the event.

  • Be Brutally Realistic and Focus on Management, Multifamily Leaders Say
  • Private Investors Drive Equity Market
  • Multifamily Construction Financing Search Leads to FHA
  • Small Loans Face More Scrutiny
  • Cisneros to Battered Industry: Demographics Are On Your Side
  • Retaining Residents is the Key to Pushing NOI
  • Under Conservatorship, the GSEs Focus on Securitization Programs, Business as Usual
  • Adler Encourages Clarity and Quality During Acquisitions
  • Linwood Thompson: The Bottom is Close
  • With Green Opportunities Come Challenges, Multifamily Panel Says