• Made to Order

    Susan Booker wanted to live in a place that would allow her to be active in her neighborhood as she grew older. As she did her research, she found herself immediately attracted to Wild Sage Village, a senior cohousing development in Boulder, Colo., where residents help design the project and create...

  • After-School Activities

    Going to the principal's office in Atlanta's Bass High School isn't what it used to be. In the same place where students would sit in anticipation and dread, a lucky renter now enjoys a one-of-a-kind Bass Lofts apartment suite, complete with the original bank vault that once held valuables for the...

  • Thrill Seekers

    ZOM Development in Orlando is right at home under the Big Top. Since its start in 1977, ZOM has built approximately 15,000 apartments, along with office, residential, condominium, and retail spaces. Yet, ZOM has stopped building condos in the frenzied Miami market, the same city where it has...


Cover Story

  • Fab Five

    What's your company's greatest strength? If you answered "people," you're not alone; it's a popular response among executives today, particularly in the apartment industry, where the talent you need can be hard to find and even more difficult to keep.



  • Fresh Faces

    Within days of starting this job, I started becoming very familiar with the name Laurie Baker. I saw Baker, then vice president of property services for Camden Property Trust, listed as a speaker at industry events. I read her comments in the stories I edited. I even traded a few e-mails with her...



Direct Reports

  • Book Smarts

    Property management goes to school, plus other industry news.



  • Seattle: Catch the Buzz

    With improving employment figures, steady rental demand, and ever-increasing investor interest, the Seattle market is percolating its way to a very strong brew.



  • Capital Gains

    Revitalizing a neighborhood takes more than money– it takes patience and time. Just ask Marilyn Melkonian of Telesis Corp. When Telesis was featured on the cover of Multifamily Executive magazine in 1999, the company was still recovering from completing a 10-year effort to revitalize the Kenilworth...

  • Putting on the Ritz

    There can be little doubt that Ritz-Carlton hotels provide exceptional customer service. From the gracious courtesy of the front-desk staff to the comforts of a room with an expertly made bed covered with a cloud of down pillows, a visit to the Ritz always seems special, no matter how long (or...


Apartment Life

  • Unlikely Allies

    The old saying goes, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," and that's exactly what apartment firms are doing. After losing resident after resident to the lure of low interest rates, apartment companies are paying new attention to home-buying incentive programs.



  • After Hours

    Never underestimate the power of a facelift. Just look at Gramax Towers Apartment Homes in Silver Spring, Md. The former office building sat vacant for 15 years, a blighted eyesore that cast a shadow on the entire neighborhood. But as soon as the building was refurbished, the entire landscape and...


Corporate Ladder

  • Change Manager

    When people say that real estate is a local business, they could be talking about LISC. Officially known as the Local Initiatives Support Corp., the nationally thinking, locally acting nonprofit provides help and money to community development organizations across the country. That's where Mark...



New Developments

  • Going Green

    It may not look it from the metal and glass façade, but The Helena apartments, completed in August, is quite green.


Done Deal

  • Joint Forces

    Public-private partnerships are fueling a multibillion-dollar affordable housing renaissance in Philadelphia. The initiative, led by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, is restoring declining neighborhoods and spurring private development in areas where few builders saw opportunity before.


Tech Specs

  • Time to Shred?

    Hardly a week passes without a scary news story from a major credit card company, bank, or online shopping site that the security of critical consumer data has been compromised. If these data-heavy, security-oriented companies can't adequately protect their sensitive customer information, then how...



  • Quick Fixes

    It's all too easy to get caught up in the buzz of the latest high-tech security gadgets and gizmos. But it's often the cheap, simple strategies that have the greatest impact on a property's safety.



  • The Kennedy-Warren

    When the Kennedy-Warren marks its 75th birthday next year, it will do so as the building it was intended to be–but only recently became.