Bendix Anderson

International Development Booms, According to PwC 
A worldwide boom in development is coming—especially in emerging economies, according to Byron Carlock, U.S. real estate practice leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Finding Multifamily Trouble Spots 
All of the markets with large volumes of apartments in the works are relatively healthy now, with vacancy rates under 5 percent.
Fannie, Freddie Still Fighting to Make Loans  1
Federal officials have set tight limits on how much Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac program lenders can lend to multifamily properties—and those limits may drop again this spring.
Apartment REITs Begin to Sell Assets 
REITs can no longer count on apartment building values to rise through the roof because prices have risen so far already. To find yield, apartment REITs are pursuing other strategies.
Commercial Banks Push to Place Permanent Loans on Multifamily Properties 
You might not think of commercial banks as a prime source for longer-term loans—but seven-year terms have become common for commercial mortgages provided from the balance sheets of banks eager to lend, especially on multifamily properties.
Condominium Recovery Begins 
The first new condominium projects in years are beginning to open in markets across the country—and so far, the news is good.
Loans Available Even in Weak Apartment Markets  2
It’s becoming possible to find loans for troubled apartment properties even in weaker markets.
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.
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