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InterFace Panel: Multifamily Remains Smart Investment, But Good Deals are Harder to Find

ATLANTA — Strong fundamentals have propelled the U.S. multifamily market forward in 2017 and leave it poised for a healthy 2018, but good deals are harder to come by in today’s market for investors, according to panelists at the eighth annual InterFace Multifamily Southeast. The average cap rate for the multifamily sector in the third quarter registered at 4.3 percent, 12 basis points lower than the same period in 2016, and 15 basis points lower than 2015, according to JLL. “Of the..

December 1, 2017

Growing Smartly is a City’s Biggest Challenge, Says InterFace Keynote Speaker

ATLANTA — Tim Keane, City of Atlanta’s planning commissioner, is tasked with a monumental challenge facing many planners: how to practically design the future for a city on the cusp of a population boom. Citing the Atlanta Regional Commission, Keane said that the Atlanta metro area is on track to add 2.5 million people over the next 25 years, the equivalent of adding the entire metro Charlotte population. [caption id="attachment_192276" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tim Keane is a..

November 30, 2017

Middle-Class Affordability Is ‘Single Biggest Issue’ Facing Seniors Housing Industry, Says HJ Sims’ Landreville

NEW ORLEANS — Many seniors housing developers, owners and operators are already looking forward to the “silver tsunami” of Baby Boomers reaching the proper age to enter seniors housing. However, if current trends continue, many of those seniors won’t be able to afford seniors housing anyway, according to panelists at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo. The panel, titled “Understanding the Economics & Financing Structures of Moderately Priced Life Plan Communities,” took..

November 16, 2017

ICSC Panelists Say Government Involvement is Key in Thwarting ‘Retail Apocalypse’

ATLANTA — Tim Keane, commissioner of planning and community with the City of Atlanta, didn’t mince words when it came to his thoughts on the government’s role with new retail development. “Everyone in this room should have higher expectations for their cities and towns,” says Keane, addressing the crowd during the ICSC Southeast Conference & Deal Making event held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta in mid-October. The panel discussion, dubbed “Debunking the Retail..

November 2, 2017

City of Atlanta Addressing Stormwater Runoff, Tree Ordinance on Path to ‘Resilience’

ATLANTA — While speaking at the Oct. 5 luncheon hosted by the Atlanta chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Atlanta), Emory University law professor Mindy Goldstein addressed some of the environmental issues facing Atlanta, namely the City of Atlanta Tree Ordinance and stormwater runoff in the metro area. “Stormwater runoff is a huge problem in Atlanta,” says Goldstein, who serves as director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law. The clinic..

October 10, 2017

Labor Issues, Growing Competition Are Top Seniors Housing Concerns, Say InterFace Panelists

ATLANTA — Pressures for seniors housing owners come from many sources, but the top two are labor issues and increasing numbers of communities in a market, according to panelists at InterFace Seniors Housing Southeast. The comments were made during the “State of the Industry” panel at the event, which was held in late summer at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta and drew more than 400 industry professionals. Katie Davis, chief strategy officer for Sherpa, moderated the panel,..

October 5, 2017

Industry Growth Highlighted at NMHC Student Housing Conference

TAMPA, FLA. — The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Student Housing Conference wrapped up Sept. 27 at the Marriott Waterside hotel, highlighting the industry’s productivity and progress in the second and third quarters, and providing a forecast for a strong fourth quarter. The tone of the conference was bolstered by Monday’s news that American Campus Communities (ACC), the industry’s largest owner, had purchased a 3,776-bed portfolio from Core Spaces and DRW Real..

September 28, 2017

Stability, Yield Drive Healthcare Real Estate Investment Activity, Say InterFace Panelists

DALLAS — Investor demand for healthcare properties throughout the country is soaring, driven by the recession-resistant nature of the asset class and its ability to consistently generate strong returns. Confidence in the property type also stems from the prevailing realization that legislation opposing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has thus far been unsuccessful. After multiple failed attempts to repeal and revise the law, the Republican Party introduced a bill today that aims to cut..

September 19, 2017

Combination of Multifamily, Office Space is Hot Concept in Texas, Say InterFace Panelists

DALLAS — Say the words “mixed-use” in commercial real estate circles today and generally the first thought that comes to mind is a property featuring a combination of multifamily and retail space. But there’s no written rule that says what property classes can or can’t be included in mixed-use. As such, a number of multifamily developers in Texas are redefining the term’s scope and application by bringing together apartment living and an office component in newer projects. As..

September 15, 2017

Attracting Workers to ‘Non-Sexy’ Industry Is Challenge Seniors Housing Leaders Face

ATLANTA — By offering paid internships, educational programs, community events and flexible hours, seniors housing leaders hope to combat the well-documented labor shortage and entice younger workers. There simply aren’t enough employees to keep up with the pace of development, and the industry is plagued by high turnover rates as well. That’s according to speakers during an operations update at InterFace Seniors Housing Southeast on Aug. 23 in Atlanta. The conference, held at the..

September 8, 2017