Bendix Anderson

Don’t Cut Apartment Rents Too Soon 
Apartment managers should not rush to cut rents, even if a flood of new apartments are expected and the construction cranes loom over their properties. If vacancies are still low, there still may be time to raise rents before competition for tenants force existing apartments to trim their rental rates.
Flood of Debt, Opportunity Hits CRE 
The first wave of short-term loans passed by in the early years of the recovery without causing as much damage as feared. Now the second wave of long-term loans is nearing, starting in 2015.
Tax Reform Proposals Carry Harrowing Implications for CRE  6
If you're the kind of person who calls your Congressman, it might be a good time to pick up the phone.
“Hipster” Towns Offer Healthy Multifamily Rent Returns  1
Multifamily investors looking for acquisition opportunities might do well to follow a trail of coffee shops to hip, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods full of young renters.
Chinese Investors Go Big on U.S. CRE 
Commercial estate real estate investors from China are pouring money into the U.S.—spending much more than they invested in 2012 and focusing on giant properties in the nation’s largest city.
Affordable Housing Draws Investors 
Investors are seeking higher yielding investments, looking far beyond conventional, class-A apartment properties in prime markets. A growing number are bidding for government subsidized affordable housing properties.
Student Housing Pros: Watch Your Backs 
The long-term outlook for student housing may be positive, but investors and managers should be on the lookout for competition from new construction.
Advocates Push Congress to Act on FIRPTA Reform 
After years of work, there’s finally some momentum in Congress to repeal or reform the tax foreign investors have to pay on U.S. real estate.
Investors Continue to Broaden Appetite for Property Types, Markets 
Investors continue to broaden their scope beyond stabilized apartment properties in core markets to increase the yield on their commercial real estate investments.
Lending Volumes Remained Strong in the Third Quarter 
Lending to commercial and multifamily properties made another strong showing in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations released last week by the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Investors Begin to Cash In on Single-Family Bets  1
Some investors that built up pools of single-family homes are already beginning to cash in through IPOs, securitizations and portfolio sales.
Student Housing Still Strong, Say NMHC Leaders 
Despite declining stock prices for student housing REITs, the fundamentals of the student housing business are still strong, according to Jim Arbury, Vice President for Student Housing with the National Multi-Housing Council.
Fannie/Freddie Reform Rolls Forward 
As the first shutdown of the federal government since the 1990s continues, the Banking Committee of the U.S. Senate held a hearing on the reform of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that focused on multifamily lending.
FHA Deals Delayed by Shutdown  1
If you’re waiting to close a Federal Housing Administration loan, the shutdown of the federal government that began October 1 is adding weeks or even months of uncertainty. The number of FHA borrowers affected by the shutdown grows every day.
Time Running Out for Green Building Incentive 
Owners and managers might not have much time. In just three months, one of the strongest incentives to make buildings more energy efficient will expire. Commercial real estate owners and managers are hurrying to place energy-saving improvements in service by New Year's Eve in order to claim a $1.80-per-sq.-ft. tax deduction under the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction, Sec. 179d of the tax code. Meanwhile advocates for the commercial real estate advocates are pressing Congress to renew the tax benefit and even expand it to apply more easily to companies like real estate investment trusts.
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