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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: www.multihousingnews.com

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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: www.multihousingnews.com

    Nancy Ruddy on Commercial-to-Residential Conversions

    Nancy Ruddy on Commercial-to-Residential Conversions

    MHN Senior Editor Laura Calugar and CetraRuddy Co-Founder Nancy Ruddy discuss the commercial-to-residential conversions trend and the impact of the health crisis on multifamily design. Toward the end of the conversation, Ruddy reflects on her work, as CetraRuddy celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

    Here’s what you’ll hear about in this episode:


    How to approach commercial to residential conversions (0:50)
    Most common challenges (4:40)
    Mixed-use developments (10:35)
    Adaptive-reuse projects (13:15)
    Pandemic-induced multifamily design trends (16:10)
    Adaptive reuse in New York City (24:00)
    CetraRuddy 35th anniversary (28:10)
    Why choose a career in architecture (31:10)

    • 34 min
    Riaz Taplin on the Big Idea Behind Microliving

    Riaz Taplin on the Big Idea Behind Microliving

    MHN Executive Editor Therese Fitzgerald spoke with Taplin about his company’s unique formula for addressing the affordability crisis in San Francisco. Here’s a sample of the topics Taplin covered with MHN:


    The Microliving Strategy (2:54)
    Riaz Capitals Latest Project in Oakland, Calif. (8:56)
    Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds and Microliving (12:16)
    Solar Energy in California (14:54)
    Improving Conditions for Development (16:34)

    • 20 min
    Women in Multifamily Construction: Building a Career

    Women in Multifamily Construction: Building a Career

    James McHugh Construction Co. Project Manager Melissa Tompkins is proud to be among the few women in the construction workforce. 

    Here’s what you can learn more about in this episode:

    What's it like to work in the construction industry (0:53)

    Obstacles women in construction face (6:36)

    Building credibility and increasing authority (8:02)

    Women at work—the St. Regis project (11:48)

    Gender diversity on construction sites (17:19)

    • 19 min
    How Boots on the Ground Build True Community

    How Boots on the Ground Build True Community

    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)

    • 19 min
    Is Student Housing Really Recession-Proof?

    Is Student Housing Really Recession-Proof?

    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)

    • 20 min
    Michele Evans on Fannie Mae's Resilience

    Michele Evans on Fannie Mae's Resilience

    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 

    • 25 min

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