May 2011 Table of Contents

5 Ways to Save on Construction Costs

AS APARTMENT DEVELOPERS begin to look at whether new construction pencils out again, here are five ways they can use general contractors (GCs) to save money on new development. Read more

Expending Energy Expending Energy

Adelaide Grady can point to one of the best green investments multifamily money can buy: For $6.35 at any big box retailer, you can get a tube of acrylic latex caulk and a caulk gun that can immediately begin saving the typical apartment community thousan Read more

20 Hottest Multifamily Markets for 2011 20 Hottest Multifamily Markets for 2011

Monthly multifamily permit activity has been gyrating like a teenage pop singer of late— rising 17 percent one month, only to fall 8 percent the next. Clearer patterns emerge from an analysis of yearlong, 2010 permit data. Read more

How to Beat the REITs How to Beat the REITs

For most privately held apartment owners, the sudden presence of a public REIT next door is very bad news. Read more

Which Way Out?

I'm a bit of a nomad these days, wandering the country, suitcase in hand, ready for any adventure. Read more

Gathering Momentum Gathering Momentum

Follow the jobs. It’s a surefire tactic for apartment owners and developers looking to grow their business.  Read more

A Healthy Diet

THE OTHER DAY, on a cross-country flight, I sat next to a nutritional therapist Read more

Under Wraps Under Wraps

Talk about an anxious first quarter of the year for Seattle-based Security Properties Read more

Defining the Market Defining the Market

ENCINO, CALIF.–BASED Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services is one of the largest brokerage firms in the multifamily space: Last year, the company did $6.53 billion in total apartment sales volume, comprising 1,926 apartment property sales. Read more

HUD Gets Tough on Large Loans

THE FHA IS WORKING on some changes to the way it approaches large loans for new construction. Read more

Indy-pendent Streak Indy-pendent Streak

Indianapolis is already home to the Indy 500, but with the city now poised to host the Super Bowl in 2012, it is determined to use the opportunity to distinguish itself from other Midwest cities. Read more

Money Bags Money Bags

They can’t sit on the money forever Read more

GSE Brain Drain Concerns Industry

A LOT OF NUMBERS ARE getting thrown around as Congress gears up to determine the fate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: the $150 billion in Treasury aid that the GSEs have received; the $1.5 trillion combined portfolio; the lavish compensation offered to top Read more

Multiple Choice

The permanent debt space is growing more competitive, as life insurance companies, banks, and even conduit lenders give the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) a run for their money. Read more

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