Find the freight trains in your life and get on them instead of in front of them.- Barry Sternlicht Video via @Michael_MBA

Great advice from Barry Sternlicht plus much, much more on real estate, investment, capital, leadership, opportunity, Europe, China while speaking at the Schack real estate conference. He is one very smart guy while being personable and humble, a  rare but valuable combination. Reminds me a bit of my virtual mentor Tom Barrack, and not just because of the haircut! Barry even mentions wanting to learn how to surf, something Tom could definitely help with.

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Multifamily rental construction definitely the brightest sector in housing market.

See the Housing Wire piece here:

DC Multifamily sales surge to $4.7B in 2011, up 1.1B from 2010.

By Daniel J. Sernovitz Staff Reporter – Washington Business Journal

I believe this quote from the article reflects an important trend in multifamily, indeed all residential development, re-development and infill: “People are paying a premium to be within a one-block radius of a Metro station, and properties within walking distance of Metro stations continue to be a strong lure for investors,”…

One thing the article doesn’t cover is where prices are vis-a-vis replacement cost… makes me wonder where they are in their apartment market cycle-

See the whole article here: DC Multifamily Sales Surge in 2011

Fannie, Freddie expected to remain dominant Multifamily lenders over next 2-5 years. Video

… and other apartment market predictions for 2012 from industry leaders. See video here: Fannie, Freddie to remain dominant Multifamily lenders next 2-5 years

Renters want to be green, Multifamily developers respond.

Composting food waste is an eco-conscious activity typically associated with single-family home neighborhoods rather than apartment complexes. But composting will be easy for residents of the green-centric apartment complex being built in Minneapolis, which will open later this year.See more at http://bit.ly/wJjcGI