Carlton Inaugurates Auction Web Site

Carlton Group has launched an online auction site www.carltonauctions.com for the sale of commercial real estate assets. According to company officials, the Web site will allow investors to bid on properties in real time, and will allow worldwide access to the auctions.

Bidders will receive notices about upcoming auctions based on their buying interests, and will be able to conduct due-diligence online.

Carlton, based in New York, has been in the auction business since the early 1990s and has sold more than $12 billion in loan and REO assets via the Web, including more than $2 billion in loan and REO asset sales within the last 18 months.

Apartment Group Creates Online Pandemic Flu Resource Center

The National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) based in Washington, D.C. has created a Web-based pandemic flu resource center to help apartment companies plan for any possible emergency related to a flu outbreak.

Information is available for NMHC members at www.nmhc.org/goto/flu. The online resource outlines apartment owner preparations for a pandemic and links to useful sites such as the Centers for Disease Control and Ready.gov, as well as state pandemic planning sites.

A special pandemic flu listserve e-mail exchange restricted to NMHC members also allows firms to discuss their preparations. That includes the status of any cases in their apartment communities, the quality of information received from local officials, and other aspects of planning.