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How to Choose Smart Access Control System for Multifamily

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Security is one of the largest factors in a renter’s decision on choosing an apartment. Study after study after study has shown that residents value security amenities over almost everything else. It’s one reason why more multifamily properties are adding smart access control systems in their communities. There are dozens of smart access control (also called cloud access control) systems…

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Aparthotels: How Far Will Multifamily and Hospitality Converge?

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There’s an all-out amenities war raging in the multifamily industry. Apartments, condos, and even student housing communities are trying to provide a hotel-like experience for residents. Multifamily companies are taking the hospitality mindset seriously. But should they take it literally? The convergence of hospitality and multifamily has gone beyond the sharing of best practices. In some cases, they are joining…

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Technology Drives New Living Models: Coliving and Apartments as a Service

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As rent everywhere continues to rise – especially in the world’s most desirable cities – entrepreneurs are getting creative with alternative living models. They go by many names: coliving, roommate houses, Apartments as a Service. Whatever you call them, they are helping urbanites and digital nomads make ends meet, as well as make new friends. Powering the coliving revolution is new…

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5 Smart Apartment Trends for 2019

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2018 was a strong year for commercial real estate, especially in multifamily. There are more renters than at any time in 50 years, PropTech became a venture capital darling, and city centers continued their renaissance, leading to new urban development and historic renovations. Smart apartments also had an excellent year as Echoes, Nests, and smart locks took over apartment units...
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PropTech’s Far-Reaching Impact on the Multifamily Industry

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Real estate technology, also known as PropTech, has officially hit the mainstream. According to VentureScanner, investment in PropTech grew 63% in 2017 to over $12 billion. Companies big and small are racing to be part of disrupting the largest industry in the world. PropTech is a broad term that means different things to different people. Most importantly for us (and...
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5 Ways Multifamily Developers Can Embrace Mobility as a Service

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The Future of Transportation is bright, but still a bit murky. The private and public sectors are scrambling to answer today’s mobility challenges while planning for the demands of tomorrow. No one knows exactly what transportation will look like, but most agree the changes will be massive. “We see is a shift, arguably the biggest since the internal combustion engine,...
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Mobility-as-a-Service: What Do Multifamily Developers Have to Gain?

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This is Part Two of a three-part series called Multifamily and the Future of Transportation. Read Part 1 City Club Apartments (CCA), a multifamily developer from Detroit, Michigan, recently finalized plans for their second Kansas City community. The firm chose a block in the Crossroads Arts District, a neighborhood just south of downtown that is undergoing a renaissance of development and...
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Multifamily Developers and the Future of Transportation

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Transportation and real estate are inextricably linked. We live, work, and play in buildings connected by vehicles, roads, rails, and sidewalks. Together, this infrastructure makes up the vast majority of our built environment. For any multifamily developer seriously considering the future, how we move is just as important as how we live. Which begs the question: What does the future...
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