Bendix Anderson

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.
New Investors Rush Into Student Housing
New investors have piled into the market for student housing properties—driving property prices and the volume of deals up and driving capitalization rates down.
Lenders Still Chasing Multifamily Loans, Says MBA
Lenders are still eager to make loans on apartment properties, and grew their multifamily lending business again in the third quarter of 2014.
Lots of Renters Balance Lots of New Apartments
Strong demand for apartments helped keep the percentage of vacant apartments low, even though developers finished many new apartments in 2014, according to Reis Inc.
U.S. Mayors Fight Homelessness
Homeless families with children were turned away from emergency shelters because no beds were available in 73 percent of the cities surveyed for the U.S. Conference of Mayors' 2014 Status Report on Hunger & Homelessness Policies and Programs Addressing Homelessness.
Cities Get Tough on Off-Campus Housing
Housing inspectors are starting to crack down on overcrowded student housing in college towns, starting with Boston and New York City.
How Long Will Renters Keep Renting?
According to “Perceptions of Renting and Homeownership,” a recent survey commissioned by Freddie Mac, a solid majority of renters is clearly tempted by the lure of homeownership.
Without TRIA Renewal, Some Owners Will Face Technical Loan Defaults
We’re finally going to see what happens after the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) expires January 1. For the last year, real estate experts like DeBoer warned of calamity if Congress failed to renew TRIA, which provides a federal backstop to property insurance plans that cover damages from terrorist attacks.
Multifamily Developers Need Young Renters to Fill New Supply
The apartment industry’s hopes for a happy 2015 are pinned on accelerated household formation, in particular, among young people moving into their own apartments.
PREA Members Forecast Improvement for CRE Industry in 2015
The good times for commercial real estate are likely to keep going a little longer, according to experts surveyed for the latest Consensus Forecast survey from the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA).
Multifamily Developers Push the Limits on New Construction
Hang on tight—optimistic projections that apartment markets can absorb high levels of new construction are going to be tested soon. Developers will start construction on 405,000 units of multifamily housing in 2015, according to the 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook.
REITs Struggle to Buy Apartments
Multifamily REITs have lots of money from eager Wall Street investors, but it’s hard to find good opportunities to buy properties in core markets. Apartment REITs have been net sellers overall in 2014, though by a very small margin.
Risk Premium Still High for Apartments
By at least one measure, the yield on investments in apartment properties still hasn’t matched the level of the real estate boom. That’s the “risk premium” that investors demand for apartments compared to Treasury bonds—a supposedly risk-free investment.
Rating Agencies Worry Over Underwriting for CMBS Loans
If lenders make too many risky loans, they might pump a bubble in the property markets when the capital markets need continued stability for the next three years.
Housing’s Long March to Normal
The nation is now running at 90 percent of normal economic and housing activity, according to the latest NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) report.
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