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Pillow Talk - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

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Pillow Talk - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Queen Elizabeth II’s death and the instantaneous transfer of sovereignty to King Charles III provide a historic opportunity for Americans to reflect upon the unique blessing of liberty in our nation’s 246-year self-government experiment. Monarchy produces pomp and ceremony, divine... Continue Reading

by Perry Pillow
09/30/2022


Redbook Blues - Per Your Request

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Redbook Blues - Per Your Request

The REDBOOK contains a wealth of legal information for multifamily housing owners and operators. You probably consult your REDBOOK when you have a question about the TAA Lease and addendums or if you have a fair housing or tricky eviction case. However, the REDBOOK is way more than legalese. In... Continue Reading

by Nicole Zaitoon
09/30/2022


Dimensions Online - Redbook Blues: Room for Improvement

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Dimensions Online - Redbook Blues: Room for Improvement

As multifamily housing owners/operators and our residents adjust to the current turbulent economic and social environment, I am reminded of the tremendous resources available to us as AATC members. Whether it is a fair housing class or the Business Exchange, AATC offers the tools we need to... Continue Reading

by Nicole Zaitoon
09/6/2022


Dimensions Online - Pillow Talk - Perceiver in Chief

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Dimensions Online - Pillow Talk - Perceiver in Chief

In politics, the perception of power is power. If your opponents believe you are a formidable force, then you are, regardless of the limits of your actual authority. More than “fake it till you make it” or mere “mind games,” the ability to harness this opinion makes... Continue Reading

by Perry Pillow
08/10/2022


Dimensions Online - Redbook Blues: Supplier Contracts

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Dimensions Online - Redbook Blues: Supplier Contracts

We are all learning to navigate the new business reality forced upon us by supply chain challenges, inflation, and post-pandemic market demand. Our industry would not have been able to survive, much less thrive, during the past two years without the dedication and support of our supplier... Continue Reading

by Nicole Zaitoon
08/10/2022


Redbook Blues: The "I" Word

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Redbook Blues: The "I" Word

The cost of essential consumer goods continues to rise, gas prices are up, and food prices continue to climb. Inflation is real. As our companies, industry, and residents slowly begin to emerge from the personal and economic impacts of the COVID pandemic, supply and demand rental-housing market... Continue Reading

by Nicole Zaitoon
07/1/2022


Pillow Talk: It's Official

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Pillow Talk: It's Official

The Texas State Library and Archive Commission maintain all the official Texas state symbols. From the bluebonnet (state flower) to the mockingbird (state bird) and pecan (state tree) to 42 (state domino game), more than seventy-five (75) state symbols have been officially designated by the... Continue Reading

by Perry Pillow
07/1/2022


The Bankruptcy Game

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The Bankruptcy Game

Like many of you, my first rental property portfolio was risky. As the sole proprietor, I carefully managed my acquisitions and deposition, paid cash for deals, and occasionally did partnership deals. Since there were no mortgages on the properties and my expenses were extremely low, I could... Continue Reading

by Nicole Zaitoon
06/10/2022


Pillow Talk – Your Special

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Pillow Talk – Your Special

Pop quiz: what Texas governmental entities (cities, counties, special districts, etc.) are the most common? Surprisingly, special district governments are the most numerous. There are more than 3,250 special districts (including more than 1,100 independent school districts) in Texas but only... Continue Reading

by Perry Pillow
06/9/2022


Pillow Talk - County Line

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Pillow Talk - County Line

Until recently, aside from registering your vehicles and paying property taxes to the tax assessor’s office, few urban Texans knew what county government was or did. The COVID-19 pandemic and claims of election irregularities brought a renewed emphasis on the power, function, and... Continue Reading

by Perry Pillow
05/10/2022


Pillow Talk - All Advocacy is Local

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Pillow Talk - All Advocacy is Local

This year, we take an in-depth look at advocacy basics. Last month, we finished our series on the basics of people, policy, and politics by exploring the AATC Political Action Committee (AATC PAC). AATC PAC provides an opportunity for individuals vested in the multi-housing industry to... Continue Reading

by Perry Pillow
04/8/2022


REDBOOK Blues – Know Relets

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REDBOOK Blues – Know Relets

Have you ever read the entire TAA Lease contract? Frankly, most AATC members have not. Let us be honest; it is a legal document, a contract; it is boring and tedious; that is its best quality! The TAA Lease and lease forms are the operational foundation for our industry in Texas; therefore, it... Continue Reading

by Nicole Zaitoon
04/8/2022