Last week the Epproach Communications team attended The 2017 National Multifamily Housing Council Conference & Expo in Tampa, FL from Sept. 25-27. Representing Epproach and manning our exhibition booth were Wink Radford, VP of Sales, Barrett Powell, VP of Business Development, and Dallas Holllingsworth, Business Development Specialist.

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Over 15 panelists participated in multiple sessions, where they covered hot-button industry issues in the areas of both capital markets and operations.

Here are three industry takeaways from the program’s discussions:

Drawing International Eyes

The elevated sophistication of the student housing segment is attracting the attention of the international investment community. Being the largest and fastest growing sector has enabled new investors to continuously enter the market.

Standing the Test of Time

Panelists spent the majority of the second day debating the resiliency of the industry, with the general consensus being that the industry is and will remain strong.

“Student housing has better supply and demand than any other sector,” said Doug Kligman, Chief Investment Officer of Vesper Holdings.

Up We Go

Overall, the tone of the conference was optimistic, forecasting a strong fourth quarter to round out the year.

Our Takeaways (courtesy of Dallas Hollingsworth, Business Development Associate):

  1. The primary focus of the conference is not the expo itself, but rather the networking opportunities that present themselves throughout the course of the event.

“We always look forward to The NMHC Student Housing Expo as an opportunity for us to catch up with some of our past and present partners, such as PayLease and the Preiss Company, and to meet new people in the industry,” Dallas Hollingsworth, Business Development Associate at Epproach Communications said. ” In today’s digital climate, we appreciate that these events allow us to see some of our partners and prospective partners face-to-face, and to continue to foster those relationships.”

2. Bulk, managed wifi is becoming a must-have amenity for most student housing apartment complexes.

3. ‘Smart Home‘ is definitely the buzzword right now. Although many companies are throwing the term around, very few actually have the technology. Of those, even less companies have proof of its abilities.

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