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Survey: Investor Confidence in Seniors Housing Still High Despite Occupancy Challenges, Slower Transaction Volume

CHICAGO — Investors are still cautiously optimistic about the seniors housing market even after the sector experienced a slight dip in transaction volume in 2018, according to the results of JLL’s Spring 2019 Seniors Housing Survey. The Chicago-based commercial real estate services firm surveyed more than 1,000 specialists in the seniors housing and care space. The results point to generally positive sentiment around the market, and notes that while transaction volume reached just over …

Current Economic Expansion Could Become Longest Yet, Says Nadji

LAS VEGAS — The reinvention of the retail sector now underway is getting a boost from a U.S. economic expansion that is nearly a decade old but which still has legs, says Hessam Nadji, president and CEO of brokerage services firm Marcus & Millichap. Meanwhile, demographic shifts have altered the retail landscape in profound ways and will continue to do so, Nadji believes. Every day, 10,000 Americans turn age 65. An even greater number, 12,000, reach the age of 21 on a daily basis. …

As Healthcare Trends Toward Value and Efficiency, Buildings Follow Suit

Digital connectivity and rising costs are rapidly transforming industries across the country, and healthcare is certainly no exception. Digital health solutions and the material realities of the economy, along with a changing regulatory landscape, are reshaping the way providers deliver care. For example, the increased uses of telehealth, artificial intelligence (AI) and more community-based facilities (such as urgent care centers) are changing the spaces providers need. This activity is in …

The Case for the Continued Strength of the Multifamily Sector in 2019

Capital One’s survey conducted at the National Multifamily Housing Council’s annual conference earlier this year offered a lot of food for thought regarding the outlook for the multifamily sector in 2019. The vast majority of respondents — 70 percent — believe that we’re nearing the end of the current economic cycle. But despite that notion and despite the 70 percent who are concerned about either rising costs or interest rates, plenty of optimism remains. To this point, 37 percent …

103 Consecutive Months of Job Growth and Counting: Gains Total 263,000 in April

Beating expectations, the U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), marking 103 consecutive months of employment gains. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked down two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.6 percent, the lowest level since 1969. Some observers are calling the latest BLS report “an April surprise” since the consensus forecast among economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal called for total nonfarm payroll employment to …

Designing and Developing Student Housing for Gen Z

Gen Z is one of the most fiscally responsible generations we’ve seen in a long time, prompting student housing companies to find creative ways of satisfying both cost and quality of life for students, especially within the off-campus luxury housing market. The following are important features to consider when designing and developing a student housing community geared towards this demographic: Innovated Tech Experiences One thing we know about Gen Z is that they are hyper-connected and …

Vegas Multifamily Renters Want Higher End Properties, Need More Affordable Options, Say InterFace Panelists

The Las Vegas Valley’s multifamily market is at an interesting crossroads, according to panelists at InterFace Las Vegas Multifamily. Hosted by InterFace Conference Group and Western Real Estate Business, the half-day conference was held April 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. The metro area’s population is growing at a rapid pace, with a net migration of 45,000 new residents in 2018, according to research from Marcus & Millichap. This is the largest annual total for Las …

‘Mature’ Las Vegas Industrial Market a Safe Bet for Investors, Say InterFace Panelists

A stable economy, lower unemployment rate and diversification of industries are bringing more overall investment activity to Southern Nevada’s industrial real estate scene, noted panelists at InterFace Las Vegas Industrial. Hosted by InterFace Conference Group and Western Real Estate Business, the half-day conference was held April 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Using the terms “investment” and “Las Vegas” in the same sentence can cause many veteran decision-makers to …

Low Interest Rates, Favorable Demographics Set Real Estate Industry Up to Win, Says Nadji

What is the economic outlook for the year, and what does that mean for the student housing industry? Hessam Nadji, president and CEO of Marcus & Millichap/Institutional Property Advisors, answered just that in the keynote speech that kicked off the 2019 InterFace Student Housing Conference, which was held in Austin earlier this month and drew approximately 1,400 attendees. Nadji began by laying out the basics on where the industry is today economically in comparison to before and during …

Nothing New About the Old ‘Dark Store Theory’

Assessors and their minions frequently take the position that an occupied store is more valuable than an unoccupied store, a conclusion commonly referred to as the “dark store theory.” Owners of big-box retail properties and their tax advisers bristle at this erroneous contention because real property taxes are just that  — a tax on the value of the real estate. It is the assessor’s function to value the property’s real estate components, which consist primarily of land, bricks …

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