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|Articles - August 2011|
|Wednesday, July 20, 2011|
By Linda Baker
Landlords of Portland, rejoice. Although the city’s residential real estate market remains in the doldrums, the rental market is flourishing.
During the first quarter of 2011, apartment vacancy rates were 3.4%, the lowest in the country and a full point lower than last year. And as supply tightens, rental rates are soaring. Portland ranks fourth in the country for growth in apartment rents, according to AXIOMetrics, a Texas firm that tracks the apartment market. Nationwide, rents increased 1.77% in March compared to a year ago. During that same period, Portland recorded a whopping 9.92% increase in rental rates.
A steady stream of new residents and a limited supply of new projects are driving the Portland market, says Bernard Gehret, principal broker for Portland-based Joseph Bernard Investment Real Estate. In 2010, 737 construction permits were issued for Portland area multi-family developments; typically, there are 4,000, Gehret says. “People are leaving home ownership,” he says. “But there are no new buildings.”
Gehret says these market conditions aren’t expected to change any time soon, giving landlords another reason to celebrate. “We’ll probably see rents go up again in 2012,” he says.
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The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
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Dress for Success Oregon promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.
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How to build a hipster-friendly work environment.
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