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What are Smart Apartments and Why They’re the Future of Living

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Smart Apartments go well beyond devices, they’re a new approach to the entire multifamily experience. What does the future of living look like to you? High-tech appliances might come to mind, like robo-maids, holographic TVs, or flying cars that fold up into suitcases. But if current trends are any indication of what’s to come, the future of living will revolve…

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Top Apartment Amenities: Smart is the New Luxury

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In the words of Bob Dylan, “Times they are a-changin’”. This is especially true for apartments. Top apartment amenities are going through a massive shift. A recent study found that renters today prefer smart home amenities to traditional amenities like swimming pools. Why do renters prefer smart apartments? In short, smart apartments make our lives easier, more convenient, and frankly,…

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On the Move, Millennials are Bringing City Life to the Suburbs

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As we approach nearly two decades of historic urban revival, some have claimed that the cities are stalling and the suburbs are back. Whether you believe that’s true or not, it’s hard to refute that suburban living is on the rebound. “Since mid-2014, suburban multifamily properties have risen in value by 48.4% on a per-unit basis,” said Matthew Rothstein of…

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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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