The Lease-Up

Multi-Housing News

The Lease-Up is a podcast series that explores issues within the multifamily housing industry, including trends, legislation impacting the market and insights from leading industry figures. Find more at our website:

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Cityview Vice President of Asset Management Melissa Delgado talks about her company’s approach to property management. Tune in to discover another powerful female leader!   Here are a few of the topics discussed: Opportunity zones (1:30) Working in multifamily (3:58) Challenges of the past 2 years (7:17) Diversity, equity and inclusion (10:44) Plans for the company (14:45)

Nov 22

19 min 37 sec

In our latest quarterly podcast with the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), MHN Senior Editor Holly Dutton spoke with the organization's student housing leads—Dave Borsos and Matthew Berger—who elaborated on the current state of the industry, including trends, challenges, and takeaways from NMHC's annual student housing conference last month. Here’s a sample of the topics discussed: State of the industry (0:47) How the sales market has fared (4:07) Takeaways from NMHC's student housing conference (9:05) The latest trends in amenities (13:22) Is student housing still recession-proof? (16:25)

Nov 9

20 min 22 sec

Michele Evans is executive vice president and head of Multifamily at Fannie Mae. She took the reigns last August after Jeff Hayward was promoted to executive vice president and chief administrative officer. MHN Executive Editor Therese Fitzgerald spoke to Evans about how Fannie Mae has remained a stabilizing force in the housing business during this tumultuous period and how the organization is planning to maneuver through the challenges that lie ahead for multifamily borrowers and residents. (2:25) - Fannie Mae’s digital transformation  (4:38) - Pandemic relief programs  (8:44) - Increased LIHTC investment  (11:43) - Affordable housing goals  (13:55) - New leadership at FHFA  (18:54) - Green financing 

Oct 26

25 min 7 sec

NAA’s Paula Munger reveals the extent of the health crisis’ impact across most income and expense categories. 

Oct 26

12 min 1 sec

Are developers building larger floorplans? If so, where? United Properties’ Brenda Studt answers these questions and more in the latest MHN podcast. 

Oct 19

20 min 29 sec

“We need a more efficient and coordinated system of providing subsidies and funding,” NHP Foundation’s Mecky Adnani told MHN in the September episode of the "Mission Success: Women in Multifamily" podcast series.  

Sep 22

27 min 16 sec

MCA Founder Mary Cook reveals part of her professional secrets in the August episode of our “Mission Success: Women in Multifamily” podcast series.

Aug 23

21 min 9 sec

In our latest episode of Multifamily’s Top Marketers, industry veteran Tamela Coval pushes multifamily marketers to keep learning and be ready to adjust to an everchanging landscape.

Jul 13

26 min 32 sec

RMK Management’s Diana Pittro is yet another multifamily leader who speaks passionately about her achievements, her team and her mission. Press play for a fresh episode of our monthly “Mission Success: Women in Multifamily” podcast series!

Jul 13

32 min 34 sec

NMHC's Paula Cino discusses the latest eviction moratorium extension, whether more rent relief will be needed nationwide, and how soaring construction costs have impacted multifamily development.

Jul 2

14 min 41 sec

As the youngest generation enters the rental market, they have a clear picture of how and where they want to live. NAA’s Paula Munger reveals the findings of the association’s most recent research.  

Jun 29

16 min 39 sec

In the June episode of our Mission Success: Women in Multifamily podcast series, Dunn reflects upon her career and talks about changes she would like to see in the industry. 

Jun 11

17 min 14 sec

In the latest episode of our Multifamily’s Top Marketers podcast, Lindsay Brown, Campus Advantage's senior vice president of leasing and marketing, discusses what’s next for student communities as campuses come back to life.

Jun 10

20 min 32 sec

Cuningham Associate Principal Amy Cheever weighs in on conceiving spaces that reflect the communities and residents she serves. Press play to hear more about the powerful impact women are making in the architecture field!

May 25

19 min 25 sec

In the latest episode of our Multifamily’s Top Marketers podcast, Morgan Properties' Jillian Fikkert outlines how to effectively gauge your strategy’s effectiveness and how an interconnected team can make all the difference.

May 5

24 min 31 sec

After a year of economic volatility, your motivation level could be so low that it’s hard to keep your team’s spirits up. Here’s what you can do, according to leadership coach Maria Pietroforte. In this episode of our monthly Mission Success: Women in Multifamily podcast series, Senior Associate Editor Laura Calugar and her guest talk about how to push teams forward, considering we’re more than a year into the pandemic and many real estate leaders are tired. Motivating teams has become a challenge, even for some of the most optimistic of them. Coach Pietroforte explained that taking communication to a new level, being more empathetic and giving genuine employee recognition are just a few ways multifamily leaders can keep their team’s spirits up. 

Apr 20

29 min 17 sec

In the latest episode of our Multifamily’s Top Marketers podcast, The Relationship Difference’s Rommel Anacan dives into how people are the key to success in attracting—and retaining—residents at your property.

Apr 6

27 min 45 sec

She got into real estate by accident, but worked her way up to the executive suite. Lela Cirjakovic is now on Waterton’s leadership and investment committees, heading the company’s property management division. As an executive vice president of operations, she oversees a multifamily portfolio of roughly 50 multifamily assets throughout the U.S. In the latest episode of our Mission Success: Women in Multifamily podcast series, Cirjakovic talked about the importance of being authentic and transparent going forward, and how professional trade organizations can support multifamily operators’ needs. 

Mar 17

28 min 40 sec

National Apartment Association’s Paula Munger takes the pulse of the industry, one year into the pandemic. Tune in for a conversation on facts, trends and how to get support!

Mar 16

16 min 45 sec

In the latest episode of our Multifamily’s Top Marketers podcast, Fogelman Properties’ Jeremy Lawson discusses how keeping your finger on your portfolio’s online pulse can make a tangible impact on your bottom line.

Mar 3

22 min 28 sec

COO Melanie Gersper shares Asia Capital Real Estate’s strategy to remain fair, firm and consistent in difficult circumstances. In the second episode of our "Mission Success: Women in Multifamily" podcast series, she talks about how to work with residents and not against them as a property manager. Toward the end of the conversation with Senior Associate Editor Laura Calugar, she also reveals the best ways to stay ahead of the management game in 2021.

Feb 22

24 min 24 sec

In our first episode of the "Multifamily's Top Marketers" series, the former White House appointee builds off years in the affordable housing sector to give practical steps on how to tailor your property’s experience to its audience.

Feb 3

29 min 51 sec

In this first episode of our “Mission Success: Women in Multifamily” podcast series, Realty ONE Group Chief Marketing Office Cory Vasquez talks about the top five real estate lessons she’s learned throughout her extensive career in marketing and communication. In a fun and skillful way, she discloses some of her secrets and provides tips for an effective communication strategy with residents and prospects. Additionally, Vasquez talks about her mentors and sources of inspiration.

Jan 18

26 min 4 sec

How was 2020 for the multifamily industry? Fragmented, according to Paula Munger, the expert leading the National Apartment Association’s research efforts. In the last podcast of the year, Munger and Multi-Housing News Senior Associate Editor Laura Calugar discuss key takeaways from this atypical year and take a look at what 2021 might look like.

Dec 2020

21 min 3 sec

National Multifamily Housing Council President Doug Bibby, who has led the influential industry organization for the last two decades, looks back on the unprecedented events of 2020 and how they impacted the multifamily sector. In conversation with MHN Senior Associate Editor Holly Dutton, Bibby talks about why he decided to postpone his planned exit from the organization this year, the latest efforts in the push for federal rent relief, where things stand with rent collections and the worries over growing renter debt, and why he’s optimistic about multifamily’s future.

Dec 2020

26 min 2 sec

A hotly contested ballot measure on rent control in California will be decided in the general election Nov. 3, and it has major implications for the rental housing industry. MHN's Holly Dutton speaks with Tom Bannon, CEO of the California Apartment Association, about what exactly Prop. 21 entails, how previous legislation led to its creation, and what it’s passage could mean for the industry. 

Oct 2020

13 min 13 sec

Although the housing market is a bright spot in the economy, owners and operators worry about what’s next. In our new podcast, NAA’s Paula Munger shares the findings of the association’s latest surveys.

Aug 2020

20 min 57 sec

In this episode of our quarterly series, NAA's Paula Munger reveals the association’s most recent findings about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on its members’ portfolios.

May 2020

18 min 19 sec

In a recent study, the NAA examined the impact of a 7 percent annual cap on apartment rents in Chicago, Denver, Seattle and Portland by 2030. Tune in for the eyebrow-raising results.

Feb 2020

15 min 9 sec

Merchants Capital President Mike Dury discusses mortgage lending activities for the affordable housing market. Tune in to hear his take on what's ahead.

Nov 2019

14 min 7 sec