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    The Next Generation

    Passionate about affordable housing, innovative, and enterprising are all fitting descriptions for AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE's 2009 Young Leaders.

     
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    Boosting Revenue With Change Orders

    Clearly, change orders are a vital piece of our business model, and they don’t just happen by accident. We lay the groundwork for changes by keeping clients happy and informed throughout the job process. Dissatisfied customers, we know, are unlikely to authorize additional work.

     
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    Setting Up a Storefront

    Setting up a storefront

     
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    In the News

    Sealed crawlspace testing sheds new light on energy performance ; Advanta shuts down its credit cards; students win clean-energy prize for rice-husk insulation panels; more

     
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    Web Sites For Rookies

    If you don’t have an online presence yet, now’s a good time to start.

     
  • Above and Beyond

    Citi Community Capital tops AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE's list of top lenders, originating about $1.8 billion in debt in 2007, or more than $400 million more than it posted in last year's survey.

     
  • People

    Richard L. McQuady has been named CEO of Kentucky Housing Corp.

     
  • Open for Business

    Freddie Mac was still providing competitively priced permanent debt for 9 percent low-income housing tax credit deals and actively quoting variable-rate bond credit enhancements in mid-December 2008.

     
  • Business as Usual, Mostly

    Fannie Mae is still providing debt financing for affordable housing, despite a capital markets meltdown and its placement in a conservatorship in early September.

     
  • People

    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has named Dan Bartholomay as commissioner of Minnesota Housing, the state housing agency.

     
  • MuniMae to Sell LIHTC Business

    Municipal Mortgage & Equity, LLC, (MuniMae) has agreed to sell substantially all of its low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) business to an affiliate of JEN Partners, LLC, a New York-based private equity real estate firm.

     
  • Edward Mazria Receives Hanley Award for Visionand Leadership in Sustainable Housing

    Washington, D.C.—Santa Fe, N.M., architect and champion of building energy efficiency Edward Mazria, AIA, was named this year’s winner of The 2009 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing

     
  • Boston Capital Asset Management Picked to Work with Arizona DOH

    Boston Capital Asset Management (BCAM) has been selected to provide asset management services to the Arizona Department of Housing

     
  • Goldman Sachs’ Fannie Bid Blocked

    The Obama administration has blocked Goldman Sachs’ bid to buy a significant amount of low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) from struggling Fannie Mae, according to several sources.

     
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    Virtual Filing Cabinets

    While the promise of a truly paperless office is still many years away, affordable housing companies are getting one step closer through document management applications.

     
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    Track Your Business With a Dashboard

    Even companies with good systems can get into trouble if they don’t manage their growth. To avoid this fate, Jim Kabel created a “dashboard” — a set of fundamental numbers that shows the monthly trends in their sales and production pipeline: leads, close rates, job profits, and customer...

     
  • Weathering the Downturn

    Small construction companies are relying on diverse strengths to survive in a dismal economic climate.

     
  • Surviving the Recession

    We’re in the midst of unprecedented uncertainty in the financial markets, and consumer confidence is the lowest it’s been in a long time. It seems that no one really knows what’s going to happen.

     
  • Defining Your Niche Can Help in Downtimes

    I specialize in custom decks. I switched to this niche last winter, when my backlog of general remodeling work dried up and I had no jobs on the horizon. The suburbs of New York City — where my business is located — were hit hard by the economic downturn; many GCs I knew were going out of business.

     
  • Employee Drinking on the Job

    Suppose your lead carpenter calls and says there has been an accident: One of your employees cut his finger off — and by the way, he had alcohol on his breath when it happened. What do you do? If you’re like most contractors, you fire the employee and then say to yourself, “Whew! I’m glad that’s...

     
 
 
 
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