News And Trends

At News & Trends you will find trends in rents, real estate sales, apartment development, the economy at large and property management and investing industry matters.

Renters Now A Majority In Almost 25 Percent Of Largest U.S. Cities

Renters are now a majority in almost a quarter of the 100 largest U.S. cities as they shifted from owner- to renter-majority between 2006 and 2016, according to a new report from RentCafe.Renters took...

Are Your Social Media Posts Compliant With Fair Housing Laws?

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on how Fair Housing Laws apply to social media posts and property management.By Ellen Clark Social media is a great tool for marketing in the multifamily industry to help...

Arizona Tenant Charged With Murder In Stabbing Of Landlord

An Arizona tenant has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his landlord in a rent dispute three months ago, according to reports.James Womble, 21, has been charged with one count of second-degree...

Apartment Residents Say Living In A Green Home Is Important To Them

A new survey shows 84 percent of apartment residents say living in a green apartment home is important to them and 64 percent say they would pay more to live in a green home.The...

How Do Multifamily Renters And Single-Family Renters Differ?

Multifamily renters make less money, have fewer kids and are less likely to be married, according to new research from a real estate consulting firm.The research into the single-family renter shows the key differences...

Seattle Bars Landlords From Using Criminal Records To Screen Tenants

The Seattle City Council has passed an ordinance 8-0 to bar landlords from using criminal records to screen tenants based on past arrests or criminal convictions, with the exception of sex offenders, according to...

Apartment Pet DNA Testing Expands To “Travel Dog” Concept

Pet friendly apartments have turned to pet DNA testing to help keep common areas clear of dog poop. It has worked for many apartment complexes. By John Triplett The company that started pet DNA testing for...

Man Who Shot Portland Property Managers Sentenced to 13 Years

A man who shot two employees working as property managers at the Cascadian Terrace Apartments in Portland during an eviction last December has been sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison, according...

Tenants United Protests Portland Property Managers Awards Ceremony

Protests by Portland Tenants United  happened for the second year in a row at the annual awards ceremony of a Portland property management association as pickets showed up at the event, according to various reports.The...

Two Property Managers Shot During Eviction At Portland Apartments

Two property managers for Community Development Partners, working at the Cascadian Terrace Apartments in Portland, were shot and wounded by a tenant during an eviction “due to behavioral issues” in late December. Both managers, a...