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Multifamily Embraces Modular Construction
Modular construction, in which buildings are created in a factory, transported on the back of a truck to the site and assembled like giant Lego blocks, has become an increasingly common construction method for apartment developers.
Will Congress Act on Multifamily Legislation? CRE Industry Still Hopes So
There’s still a sliver of a chance that Congress will take action this year on matters important to the apartment business, but the odds of action get longer all the time.
More Amenities for Student Housing 1
Students are opting for the amenities and services offered at new student housing properties, encouraging developers to add more and more amenities and services to their plans. The latest data on pre-leasing for the fall 2015 school year shows that the newest properties are leasing quickly—and at high rents.
Declining Geographic Mobility Means Lower Turnover for U.S. Multifamily
Apartment renters are becoming more likely to renew their leases, and less likely to move out—partly because people in the U.S. are less mobile than in previous years.
Chinese Investors Bet on U.S. Apartment Development
International investors, especially from China, continue to pour money into U.S. real estate—favoring apartment development.
In Single-Family Rental Housing, the Tenant Is King
To earn the best rents from single-family homes, property managers are investing in the properties upfront.
Latest Wave of New Apartments Shows Good Absorption
With so many new apartments being built across the country, the cities that have had the most new construction over the past five years show how the next wave of new apartments now under construction might be absorbed.
Rent Grows in Cities of All Sizes
Many secondary and tertiary markets now benefit from the economic recovery that started in the top six or seven apartment markets, but is no longer limited to those largest U.S. cities.
More Demand, Less Supply for Student Housing in 2015
The student housing business faced declining college enrollment in 2014. At the same time, developers finished more purpose-built student housing properties than ever before. But these new student housing communities leased up very quickly anyway.
California Offers Energy Efficiency Financing for Multifamily
Thousands of California multifamily properties may soon become more energy efficient, thanks to new plans there to make Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing available to affordable housing properties.
Leverage on CMBS Multifamily Loans Gets Higher
CMBS lenders now offer higher and higher levels of leverage to make deals—especially as prices for apartment properties rise compared to rents.
Tricky Transition for Investment Homes
Investors are buying fewer single-family homes, according to data firm RealtyTrac’s 2014 U.S. Institutional Investor & Cash Sales Report. However, many investors continue to buy and seem committed to the business of renting out their portfolios of single-family homes.
Apartment REITs Grow Stronger
More renters meant more profits for multifamily REITs, which provided tremendous returns to their investors over the last year. The outlook for REITs is also good, with demand expected to stay strong for the foreseeable future, according to NAREIT, improving demand from investors.
Record Sales Volume and High Prices for Apartments in 2014
Prices for apartment properties rose again in 2014 as investors bought a larger volume of properties than they did even in 2007—the biggest year of the last real estate boom for apartments.
Freddie Mac Ramps Up Small Loans
This January, Steven and Silvia West took out a $4 million, non-recourse loan through Freddie Mac’s new Small Balance Loan initiative, which provides small loans to apartment properties.
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