Out to Put a Dent in the Multifamily Universe

Place I Live

Could this be the crazy cool cousin to Walk Score?

Place I Live could become yet another measure of community attractiveness.

In the same respect, it could be the bane of a community. If the Place I Live is not Tony, Hip or Cool then I will trade at a discount. Maybe more than I wished for.

In any event, we are marching toward relevancy being a key driver to the success of your business. Walk Scores, Place I Live and Your Network will matter more than Ratings and Reviews.

Your constantly thinking about the NOW and how it impacts the THEN Multifamily Maniac,



Want to Grow Your Multifamily Business

Scaling Up 2.0

One of the easiest ways to grow your business is to stop focusing on growing your business. Instead work on your business. Mills Properties is choosing to work on the business this year. After growing from 4,000 units in 2007 to just over 13,000 … [Continue reading]

Human Capital Expenses

Capital Expenses are likely some of the largest cost line items in our operating budgets each year. Tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars invested to keep up the assets that house our customers. Employee Expenses save payroll … [Continue reading]

Whose Job is it Anyway?

How many times have you walked into a place of business only to be turned away because the guy/gal in charge of this or that was not in at the moment? It's Everybody's Job – All of the Time When scaling up a business it is absolutely critical to … [Continue reading]

Scaling Up Keystone

Location, Location, Location - real estate types know this aphorism better than most. It's the key to any good transaction. Always buy property with your exit strategy in mind and location for certain is part of that thought process. But don't forget … [Continue reading]

People Only Care When You Care

Standing in the checkout line last night at the grocery store; I overheard a conversation that caused me to think about the word - care. A young man was giving direction to someone twice his age. His direction went something like this "when … [Continue reading]

A Decade From Now

Beginning with the end in mind was popularized by the late Steven Covey in his wildly popular book - The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The principle is extremely useful when it comes to setting goals both personally and … [Continue reading]

It’s a New Year

It's been a while. I took the better part of six months off from writing. The chief reason; time. Mills Properties, the company I work with, is emerging from some deep and excruciating growing pains. Pains that caused me to take time away from … [Continue reading]

Complexity in times of Adversity

Over the course of my career in the Multifamily space I have dealt with my fair share of complexity and adversity. Be it missing expectations, getting a property back on the rails or exercising triage during a fire. No matter the nature, there are a … [Continue reading]

I Love Meetings; I Hate Meetings


It's late and I'm winding down my work day. Or so I thought. For some reason my mind is shifting to the topic of meetings. The Good I think it meetings are good for getting people together and discussing topics that are necessary to move your … [Continue reading]