Guest Columns

From one professional to another, our guest columnists offer their opinions and their take on the latest trends and issues facing the commercial real estate sector.

Turning the page on a challenging year for New Jersey’s apartment industry

David Brogan is the executive director of the New Jersey Apartment Association — Photo by Mary Iuvone for Real Estate NJ By David Brogan Like everyone else, we expected 2021 to be better and easier. At the beginning of the…

Proptech is a door to opportunity for real estate firms

At Wiss, we are very pleased to partner on this very first feature on proptech and innovation in the premier real estate publication and website in New Jersey. Not only is real estate one of the core industries we serve, it’s an industry that’s ripe for technological evolution. And we are keen about helping those in the real estate and property sector see how proptech can help them thrive.

The economic value of the multifamily industry

In the weeks since the start of this crisis, the primary focus was on the health impacts of COVID-19, and rightfully so. And while the economic impact never left our minds, recent data has now put the financial health of our country and our state on the front burner.

The domino effect: Without rental assistance, who’s left holding the bag?

When COVID-19 hit the United States, most Americans never imagined the impact it would have on daily life. As the virus spread, states like New Jersey started to implement policies to promote social distancing and to help those impacted by the economic fallout of the crisis, including policies such as an eviction moratorium. While such a policy addresses one specific immediate-term problem, it does not address the systemic need for rent revenue that supports an entire multifamily ecosystem, which is a critical component of New Jersey’s economy and significantly supports the State and municipalities through taxes. Without rental assistance and an understanding that rent is still due, multifamily jobs will be lost, private-sector financial obligations may not be met, utilities will not be paid and municipalities might see shortfalls due to the inability to pay property taxes. That is why we need a rental assistance program immediately.

Addressing affordable housing: Government leaders must adapt

After multiple Supreme Court decisions over 50 years, the creation of the Council on Affordable Housing and its subsequent power stripping by the Supreme Court in 2015, over 60,000 units of affordable housing have been created. So, does that mean that the battle over affordable housing in New Jersey is over? Nothing could be further from the truth.

How to read an insurance certificate

By Paul V. Profeta We all have work done on our buildings. Many of us require that the Contractor provide proof of insurance in order to protect us from any liability that could occur due to their negligence or imperfections…

Rent control is not a solution to our affordable housing crisis

Among the many issues facing our nation, the availability of affordable housing, or lack thereof, is a problem that lawmakers have been trying to address for decades. Federal programs that either support the development of affordable housing or provide assistance to renters through vouchers have been woefully underfunded, and state and local elected officials are looking for solutions. Unfortunately, some have turned to rent control as an answer. But the reality is that rent control will not only fail to solve our affordable housing crisis, it will actually make it worse. 

The next chapter in affordable housing in New Jersey

Since 2015, more than 280 towns in New Jersey have signed settlement agreements for their affordable housing obligations, while a judge has determined the statewide need to be about 155,000 units and experts project that about 50,000 of those will be created by 2025. Frankly, the court process is way too far down the road to try and move it back to the Council on Affordable Housing or another state agency. But that is not to say there are not some issues worth discussing as we move forward.

The changing landscape of stormwater management: New rule will require innovative techniques

On Dec. 3, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection published amendments to the state’s Stormwater Management Rule (NJAC 7.8) that, when adopted, will change fundamentally the way stormwater management systems are designed in New Jersey. The key amendment will replace the existing requirement, which asks developers to incorporate so-called non-structural strategies “to the maximum extent practicable,” with a firm requirement to use a technique known as green infrastructure in new development.

Remediation is now everyone’s business

Throughout the state, New Jersey is cleaning contaminated sites and turning them into productive, attractive new uses that are safe for the population and the environment. The state’s LSRPs are proud to be part of this success.