Arlan Hurwitz credits the Internet for saving his 112-unit apartment building in Anaheim.
With vacancy rates as high as 12% and profits down after five years of a real estate recession, the building was a drain. And Hurwitz, who owns the building, couldn't find a way to stem his losses.
"I was in the shower one day and trying to think what else I could do. It's been a tough five years," Hurwitz said. "Then I thought about the Internet. I was doing some work myself on the Internet and thought it might attract others."
Hurwitz paid a local computer firm $5,500 to create a program for tenants that includes four Internet training classes. He entices residents with 10 free hours of surfing on the Internet each month.