Owners, Start Your New Firms

Owners, Start Your New Firms

I spent last week in Texas, ultimately at the Texas Multifamily Summit in Austin.  It was a great experience.  As I moderated the panel, it was surprising how fast the trend of multifamily property owners creating their own firms was spreading.  The panel included Richard Fishman, founder of ValCap Group in Dallas and Jason Cohen […]

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Sisters Serena, left, and Venus Williams shake hands after a match in 1991 in Compton, Calif.
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It’s Only A Crazy Dream Until You Do It.

Serena Williams is now just a few matches away from potentially winning her seventh U.S. Open.  She is an extremely talented athlete who has trained from her youth with the goal to play professional tennis. Last week, I saw this video featuring Serena and loved it. Nike released the video last week at the start of […]

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ULI New Geography of Urban Neighborhoods

Urban Population Reaches Parity with the Suburbs

New research from the Urban Land Institute shows that the population of urban neighborhoods in many metropolitan areas is growing as quickly or nearly as quickly as that of suburban neighborhoods, reflecting ongoing consumer demand – particularly among younger households — for living environments that are convenient to jobs, transit, and urban amenities, and which are highly […]

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HBR Learning From Mistakes

What We Can Learn from Solo, The First Star Wars Failure

For science fiction movie fans, Star Wars is a franchise that seemed like it could never fail. But Solo: A Star Wars Story has shown that the historic franchise can produce a flop, and provides several lessons that developers and apartment owners can learn from. Solo: A Star Wars Story has “only” garnered $210 million at the domestic box […]

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Vegas Golden Knights

Ascent Loves Our Vegas Golden Knights

More than a year ago, our hockey team didn’t exist.   There were no players under contract but the team’s leadership had a plan. Apparently what’s supposed to happen for any professional expansion team is that it takes years to groom talent. Years of miserable seasons as established teams of veterans run roughshod over them. […]

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New Research on Rent Control Confirms Negative Impacts

Rent control policies are laws that limit or cap rents and are usually implemented for the purpose of improving housing affordability.  Like many other instances where government leaders try to manipulate economic principles, these laws do just the opposite.  The National Multihousing Council (NMHC) just published an in-depth review of academic research on the issue […]

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