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Apartment Job Openings Continue At High Levels

Apartment Job Openings Continue At High Levels

Apartment job openings continued at high levels as openings for leasing consultant positions topped the 1,000 mark In the April edition of the  National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) Apartment Jobs Snapshot.

This comes right before the most recent numbers of employment increasing by 223,000 jobs in May, well above the estimate of economists,  and a drop in the unemployment rate to 3.8 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of openings in the apartment industry was in line with a recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reported that job openings across the country were at their highest levels ever recorded.

Top openings in leasing consultant positions were driven by openings in Dallas, DC, LA, Houston and Atlanta, according to the report.

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04
Jun
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Small Cities Lead The Way In Rent Growth In May

Small Cities Lead The Way In Rent Growth In May

The top 25 fastest rent growth places in the country can be found in small cities, driven in part by economic growth and population migration, according to new research from Rent Café.

The small cities and towns across the country are growing in population, jobs, and housing prices, with the top 25 largest increases in rents happening in small markets.

For example, Odessa and Midland, Texas are flourishing oil-industry centers, with rent prices skyrocketing by over 35% compared to 2017.

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04
Jun
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Top 5 Cities That Offer The Most Apartment Pools

Top 5 Cities That Offer The Most Apartment Pools

What are the top 5 cities in the U.S. with the most apartment pools and listings for apartments with pools?

You might think Florida apartments would top all the pool listings, but that is not the case.

In a survey of their listings, Apartments.com came up with the top 5 cities that offer the most apartments with pools listings in the U.S. Here is what the company listed in a recent release.

Top 5 cities with most apartment pools

Here are the apartments.com picks for top apartment pools cities.

Tue
29
May
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Half Of Workers Say Office Temperature Is Too Cold Or Too Hot

Half Of Workers Say Office Temperature Is Too Cold Or Too Hot

Office workers are fighting over the office temperature and nearly 20 percent say they have secretly changed the office temperature during the summer, according to a release.

A new survey by Career Builder conducted by The Harris Poll also shows 15 percent of office workers have argued with coworkers over the office temperature being either too cold or too hot. All of this has an impact on office productivity.

 According to a new CareerBuilder survey, nearly half of workers (46 percent) say their office is either too hot or too cold — and 51 percent say sitting in an office that is too cold impacts their productivity, 67 percent say sitting in an office that is too warm does the same.

Tue
29
May
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7 Ways To Stay Out Of Trouble When Checking Criminal History

7 Ways To Stay Out Of Trouble When Checking Criminal History

When you are reviewing your screening policies to avoid any discriminatory effects, especially criminal history, be sure to avoid your gut feelings. The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on tenant screening and the right way to do it especially when checking criminal history.

By Ellen Clark

The National Fair Housing Alliance’s recent publication, Making Every Neighborhood a Place of Opportunity: 2018 Fair Housing Trends Report  is full of useful information about the state of fair housing in our nation, 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act.

Remember to review your screening policies to avoid any appearance of discrimination.

Tue
29
May
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Landlords To Pay $6,000 To Settle Assistance Animal HUD Complaint

Landlords To Pay $6,000 To Settle Assistance Animal HUD Complaint

A landlord who told a woman with an assistance animal she could not rent an apartment because there was a no-pet policy due to new hardwood floors, has settled a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD said in a release the conciliation agreement was between Delta House Investments, LLC in Reno, Nevada, and Premier Realty, Inc., of Carson City, Nevada, and a prospective tenant to resolve allegations that they denied the applicant's request to have an assistance animal.

Under the terms of the agreement, respondents will pay the woman $6,000 and obtain fair housing training and adopt reasonable accommodation policies that assess requests on a timely basis and maintain records related to such requests.

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29
May
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Rent Bidding Company Sues Seattle Over Ordinance Banning Bidding

Rent Bidding Company Sues Seattle Over Ordinance Banning Bidding

A startup company that connects landlords and renters through a rent bidding system on its website has sued the City of Seattle in federal court over a city moratorium that bans rent bidding.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington by Rentberry, a San Francisco startup. The suit was filed suit through the Pacific Legal Foundation arguing the city moratorium prohibits free speech rights of Rentberry, as well as the landlords and renters who would like to use such sites to communicate.

“The explicit purpose of the moratorium is to suspend all rent-bidding services while the city investigates if they comply with the first-in-time rule and other city regulations,” according to a release from the Pacific Legal Foundation.

Tue
22
May
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The Pros And Cons Of Renting to College Students And Maintenance Tips

The Pros And Cons Of Renting to College Students And Maintenance Tips

The how and why of renting to college students is a practice that deserves special attention and precautions and is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

In most cases, properties located on or near college campuses are extremely profitable.

As new students come and graduates go, the need for practical housing remains.

 Most college-age renters prioritize proximity and accessibility to convenient transportation when looking for a place to live in while attending school. Also a large number of universities report a growing trend for graduates to remain in their college towns as opposed to relocating home whenever possible.

Tue
22
May
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Stick To The Facts In Documentation At Your Property

Stick To The Facts In Documentation At Your Property

When dealing with accusations of discrimination, documentation at your property is key. The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on documentation and what you need to know.

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22
May
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7 Drivers Affecting Multifamily Growth Going Forward

7 Drivers Affecting Multifamily Growth Going Forward

The drivers affecting multifamily growth in the next two to five years involve several issues that were discussed by leading experts from Yardi Matrix in a recent webinar.

The Yardi Matrix 2018 U.S. Multi-Family Market Update was presented by  Jack Kern, Director of Research and Jeff Adler, Vice-President of Yardi Matrix, who discussed what they see upcoming in the multifamily market in the next few years.

“The apartment markets are not in bad shape but localized. If you are an asset manager, what is your key issue going to be? Adler said. Some of his key takeways about multifamily growth from the webinar which can be downloaded here.

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