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Lots of Loans Available for CRE Borrowers
Borrowers have lots of choices as lenders make more and more capital available for commercial real estate, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), an industry organization.
Freddie Mac Launches Small Loan Program
Freddie Mac has a new program to provide small loans to apartment properties—the Small Balance Loan program will help apartment owners consistently get the small balance financing they need.
Many New Apartments, Many New Renters in the Third Quarter 
Top analysts expect there to be a few more vacant apartments by the end of 2014, but strong demand will keep the percentage of vacant apartments compared to overall stock very low for a very long time.
Indices Show Strong Price Gains, Multifamily Leads Way 
Buyers continued to bid up commercial property prices this spring and summer, according to the latest round of commercial property price indices. But not every property type is gaining value in the same way. Many investors are broadening their horizons, looking beyond the most expensive properties and the safest core property markets as they hunt for higher yields.
How to Get the Energy Star Plaque in Multifamily Buildings 
Apartment buildings have a new way to show off how energy efficient they are: an Energy Star score from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If the score is high enough, a building can even get an Energy Star plaque to go next to its front door.
Fannie Mae Survey Says: Multifamily, Go Green 
When it comes to multifamily properties, it pays to go green, according to the latest research from Fannie Mae. The government-sponsored enterprise’s new report found a huge difference between the spending on utilities at the most efficient apartment buildings compared to the least efficient.
CRE Investors Focus on New Markets, Asset Classes 
Real estate executives are following higher yields to tertiary markets and class-B and class-C properties.
Conduit Lenders Threaten Life Companies' Love for CRE 
Life insurance companies love commercial real estate—but competition from conduit lenders could cut into their lending volume.
Apartment Developers Overbuild a Few Markets  6
Even supercharged demand is unlikely to rescue a few metro areas where the supply of new apartments is growing especially quickly. Most of these construction-crazy metros have something desirable to draw developers, such as strong projected job growth.
Construction Lenders Look for Opportunities Beyond Multifamily Projects  1
The construction boom is spreading to office buildings, industrial projects and even residential condominium projects as top lenders look to add more variety to their balance sheets.
Demand for Apartments Proves Stronger Than Thought, Driven by Millennials 
Good news for multifamily housing—demand for space is likely to be even stronger than experts estimated, helping the sector keep ahead of new construction for the immediate future, according to the Mid-Year Outlook 2104 from Freddie Mac Multifamily Research.
Banks, Conduits Lead Lending Activity for CRE  1
It’s shaping up to be another big year for commercial and multifamily lending—especially for banks and conduit lenders, according to the latest figures from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), an industry trade group.
Government Officials Need to Figure out TRIA Details as Expiration Approaches 
The delay is probably already causing headaches for some real estate professionals while lawmakers continue to argue about how to proceed.
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.
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