National Multifamily Housing Council
December 29, 2017
Best Reads of 2017
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If you’re like us, 2017 flew by. Changing market dynamics, new data and research, emerging industry trends and challenging policy debates all made for a busy year. But before we turned the calendar page on another year, we thought we’d take a quick stroll down memory lane at the most newsworthy moments of the year. Here’s what you counted as your top 10 must-reads of 2017.
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NMHC’s Rick Haughey was spot on in his picks for the top five game changers for multifamily in 2017, published in conjunction with PCBC. Can he get a repeat performance for 2018?
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Several high profile apartment construction fires raised questions about the safety of wood-frame construction as developers lauded the technology for its flexibility, performance and cost-conscious benefits.
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It was all about semantics for some market watchers as vacancy rates hovered around 4.0 percent, reflecting new supply hitting the market, pullbacks in construction lending and slow job growth.
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Amid unsettling signs of creeping vacancy rates and near-term market softness, this article in National Real Estate Investor calmed nerves with a focus on the strong, long-term demand outlook.  
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The apartment industry has hardly been on the leading edge of tech innovation, but this article in Forbes argued that property management may very well be the next frontier for artificial intelligence.
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As a number of states and local jurisdictions considered aggressive rent control policies and new renter protections to address affordability challenges, NMHC’s Doug Bibby reminded folks of the serious failures of rent control in controlling housing costs.
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Finally. A number to quantify the headaches too many in the industry know all too well. Bloomberg featured NMHC/NAA’s new Barriers to Apartment Construction Index, a tool that scores 50 metro areas by the difficulty to build new apartments.
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As the supply of high-end apartment properties in urban markets increased, concerns grew that new development and construction activity could outpace demand.
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It was music to the industry’s ears when NMHC/NAA released new research that showed apartment demand is set to hit 4.6 million units by 2030. Meeting that demand means building more.
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Dodge Data & Analytics scared up some clicks with its estimate that apartment construction spending could retreat 8 percent in the year ahead and have repercussions on the broader economy.
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