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Forbes, July 12: Diminutive Domiciles Surging In Cities

A study by the Urban Land Institute Multifamily Housing Council found the majority of micro-unit dwellers are professionals 30 or younger, with most of these under the age of 27. Micro units are more popular with males than females. Residents are most often first-time renters who haven’t acquired loads of furnishings and clothing and don’t need as much living space and/or closets. Micro-unit residents often see their bitsy abodes as launch pads for their new careers, as well as for lives spent out in bistros and other gathering spots rather than home. Most transition within two years to larger units.

Bisnow, July 12: How To Build More Housing In Upper Northwest? Change Policies, Minds

A panel of eight nationwide housing experts convened by the Urban Land Institute presented a report Friday morning with a series of recommendations for increasing the housing supply in the area west of Rock Creek Park by changing a host of city policies and altering public attitudes.

Bloomberg Environment, July 15: INSIGHT: Real Estate Investors Need to Prepare for Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

If investors, owners, and developers don’t act to mitigate the risks that climate change poses to their portfolios, they could suffer significant losses. That’s the conclusion of Climate Risk and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making, a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and global real estate investment firm Heitman. The report found that investors worldwide aren’t waiting to see where the next disaster strikes. They’re reviewing their assets before it’s too late.

The Real Deal, June 7: How can Miami cope with two extra feet of water by 2060? ULI experts weigh in

To cope with rising seas, Miami may have to update zoning and building codes, increase seawall heights, re-write the city’s master plan for downtown with resilience in mind and maybe even transform the FEC slip into a living shoreline pilot project.


Those were some of the recommendations from a panel of 10 experts from the Urban Land Institute, presented to a packed house at the city of Miami’s commission chambers on Friday.

Commercial Property Executive, June 18: ULI White Paper Guides Sustainability Over Entire Property Cycle

The Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance has released “Embedding Sustainability in Real Estate Transactions,” a new white paper and toolkit that highlights 11 actionable steps encompassing the entire property cycle: acquisition due diligence (first two steps), acquisition financing (steps three and four), the hold period (steps five through eight) and preparing for disposition (the last three steps). What’s at stake, the report states, can be significant, in some cases a 50 percent–plus increase in asset value over the lifetime of an investment.

Bankrate, June 17: Despite rising home prices, experts pop bubble fears

Consider that 15 years ago, nearly 55 percent of new homes were priced under $200,000, but today that number has dropped to almost 13 percent, according to a recent report from the Urban Land Institute. Similarly, homes priced under $400,000 have slid from 91 percent 15 years ago to just 67 percent of new-home sales today.

National Real Estate Investor, June 3: 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today

A new report, Attainable Housing: Challenges, Perceptions and Solutions, by the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing and real estate consulting firm RCLCO explores the shortage of housing affordable to moderate-income home buyers, including first-time buyers, and offers solutions to increase the supply. For the purpose of the report, attainable housing is defined as non-subsidized, for-sale housing that is affordable to households with incomes between 80 and 120 percent of the area median income.

SF Chronicle, June 6: Avoiding extremes, Berkeley architect extols “missing middle” housing

The Urban Land Institute, a think tank for developers, has singled out this approach as a fresh way to fit modest, relatively affordable new homes into established communities.

“That missing-middle term has taken on a life of its own,” said Christopher Ptomey, executive director of ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing. “It allows you to talk about the deeper housing crisis in a way that’s more accessible.”

Fox News, June 10: Ben Carson takes aim at red tape blamed for soaring housing costs

“California is the top of the list in regulations,” said Ed McMahon, the Charles E. Fraser chair on sustainable development and environmental policy at the Urban Land Institute, a research group for the real estate and land use industry that include realtors, architects and lawyers.

Forbes, June 24: The Future Of Real Estate Investment: Smart And Climate-Resilient Buildings

The Urban Land Institute reports that some real estate investors involved in markets with extreme heat focus on improving the cooling capacity of their properties while ensuring outdoor spaces remain welcoming and sheltered from intense sun exposure. Other real estate pros use features like the use of native plants to absorb high heat and reduce air-conditioning costs.

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