Bendix Anderson

More International Investors Hunt for Properties in the U.S. 
The U.S. leads global rankings for planned real estate acquisitions in 2014. Nearly half of all international investors (48 percent) project modest growth in their U.S. portfolios in 2014.
10 Disrupters: Living Large in Tiny Spaces  1
Microapartments—living spaces of less than 500 sq. ft.—are already popular in gateway cities like New York and Boston, but haven’t quite caught on yet in secondary markets. Developers like Evan Granoff are trying to change that. Granoff has brought new apartments of less than 300 sq. ft. to his native Providence, R.I. And residents are paying top dollar to rent them.
10 Disrupters: Individuals Who are Charting the Future of Commercial Real Estate
When people talk about commercial real estate, they often think of it as a steady business dominated by the “five major food groups”: multifamily, office, retail, industrial and hospitality. It’s supposedly a simple, straightforward sector. It’s an asset class that delivers income and some appreciation in property values. And it’s an overall safe investment. Yet beneath the surface, the industry is transforming in many ways. Players rise and fall. New tactics emerge. The use of technology can affect funding and financing. In other words, there are always disruptions taking place. Here we profile 10 disrupters (actually 11, since one profile is of the two principals of one firm).hese disrupters include some familiar names and some new ones. They underscore key trends—urbanization of retail, crowdfunding, microapartments and the reemergence of CMBS, to name a few.
Apartments Faring Well in Northeast’s Secondary Markets 
Apartments are in high demand in small cities across the Northeast.
Strong Quarter, Strong Outlook for Apartments  1
Life is good for apartment investors: Rents are high, vacancies are low and the outlook for the future looks very, very strong, according to second quarter reports from real estate research firms.
Construction Ramps Up—Again 
Cold weather earlier this year didn’t put a brake on new construction for long. Developers are starting more new commercial and multifamily projects than experts anticipated, even before the long, cold winter.
Commercial Property Price Indices Approach New Highs  1
Commercial property prices are approaching the levels seen during the last boom, according to leading price indices.
Competition Cuts into Fannie Mae’s Business 
Banks are willing to make permanent loans to apartment properties at rock bottom interest rates. To compete, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lenders are offering the lowest rates they can, plus faster service.
CMBS Lenders Fight Back  2
Multifamily borrowers can now get more loan proceeds and longer interest-only periods from conduit lenders that originate loans that end up in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).
Secondary Markets to Experience Accelerated Rent Growth in 2014 
Apartment rents will grow faster in many secondary markets than in the top primary markets like New York City and Los Angeles, according to 2014 projections from data firms Reis Inc. and Pierce Eislen.
Few Cities Have Condo Conversions 
Developers are buying hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of properties to convert to for-sale condominium housing, but only in a handful of cities.
Conventional and Affordable Apartments Get Green With Fannie Mae 
The federal government keeps expanding its suite of loan products that encourage energy efficiency.
Slow Household Formation a Concern Amid Recovery 
The new head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, recently had some chilling worlds for the housing business, complaining about very slow rates of new household formation.
REITs Binge on Multifamily 
Despite high prices for apartment properties, REITs are on a buying binge. They are finding value in mergers that offer them efficiencies that put a strong hold on their markets. They are also looking at market and regions where property prices aren’t so high compared to the income from the properties.
Fannie and Freddie’s Fate Becomes Clearer 
Congress may actually pass legislation this spring to break up mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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