Imagining Possibilities: The Importance of Inclusion and Diversity in Real Estate

AUTHORED BY COLE STERR Inclusion and diversity efforts are becoming increasingly important in organizations and businesses across the U.S. The importance of these efforts may seem clear-cut: a workplace can be enriched with broader ideas, cultural backgrounds can be recognized, employees may feel more valued, and an organization can outperform others within an industry. That Read more…

Strengthening Communities: The Impact of Repurposed Materials

AUTHORED BY COLE STERR Innovation has always been at the forefront of UP’s agenda. Whether we’re developing a new property or giving back to the community, strengthening communities and exercising a forward-thinking dynamic to the industry sets us apart. One unique example of channeling innovation is UP’s interest in repurposing materials when developing or repositioning Read more…

Creating Deep Roots: Nusrat Chowdhury’s International Student Experience in Minneapolis, MN

AUTHORED BY COLE STERR Asset Management and Analyst Intern Nusrat Chowdhury came to Minnesota in the fall of 2016. Her mother, who disapproved of her moving across the world from Bangladesh, told her not to tell anyone that she was a practicing Muslim. Never feeling uncomfortable to disclose her religion, Chowdhury embraced her new life Read more…

Leaving Lasting Legacies: How CFO Eric Skalland Started Beads of Courage Program at North Memorial Health Hospital

AUTHORED BY COLE STERR United Properties’ CFO Eric Skalland and his wife Amanda spent 80 days in the NICU at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN after their daughter, Elin, was born 12 weeks premature. Those 80 days spent in the hospital were filled with uncertainty, worry, and apprehension. “The whole time you’re in Read more…

Strengthening Communities: Meet Teri, a Thrifty Karaoke Singer with Deep Roots in Mounds View

AUTHORED BY COLE STERR On Thursday, May 24, United Properties employees volunteered for Habitat for Humanity’s Age in Place Program – a program designed to support older low-income homeowners who wish to age peacefully in the comfort of their own homes. The Age in Place program provides services such as seasonal chores, yardwork, and other Read more…