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InterFace Panel: Fickle Nature of Renter Tastes Creates Challenges for Multifamily Architects, Contractors

DALLAS — Multifamily projects are becoming more costly and time-consuming to complete, and the need to cultivate a unique amenity package that differentiates a property from the competition is contributing to inflated budgets and lengthier timelines. As noted by a panel of multifamily architects and construction managers at the InterFace Multifamily Texas on Sept. 5, the definition of what constitutes an ideal amenity package is in a constant state of flux. The event, held at the Westin …

Memory Care is Down But Not Out, Say Investors

ATLANTA — Seniors housing investors are pumping the brakes on acquiring memory care facilities as the property type’s fundamentals and high turnover have proven to be worrisome. That’s according to an investment panel during the annual InterFace Seniors Housing Southeast conference. Held on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, the one-day conference attracted more than 430 seniors housing professionals from all over the Southeast. Memory care is a subsector …

InterFace Panel: DFW Multifamily Developers Must Stand Out from the Crowd

DALLAS — When developing multifamily product in a market that has added more than 20,000 new units in each of the past three years, distinguishing a community from its peers isn’t just important — it’s essential. According to data from CoStar Group, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex added approximately 70,000 multifamily units between 2016 and 2018. The market has also absorbed more than 25,000 units over the last 12 months, a period in which only about 23,000 apartments were …

Tariffs, Election Impact Deal Velocity in DFW Industrial Market, Says InterFace Panel

DALLAS — The 2020 presidential election as well as tariffs, the primary economic weapon of the incumbent candidate, are weighing heavily on the decisions of industrial users and investors in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), according to a panel of experienced leasing and capital markets professionals at the InterFace DFW Industrial conference. Moderated by Coni Hennersdorf, principal of CODA Consulting Group, the event was held Sept. 4 at the Westin Galleria Hotel and attended by more than 200 …

InterFace Panel: Dallas Industrial Market Poised to Withstand Recession

DALLAS — The Dallas industrial market is on fire, as a number of industry professionals repeatedly pointed out during the InterFace DFW Industrial conference. Held on Sept. 4 at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, the event drew more than 200 people in its inaugural year. Demand for industrial real estate from tenants, investors and lenders is strong enough to insulate the Dallas market from capitulation, even if the U.S. economy enters a recession, which some economists think may still …

InterFace Panelists Predict More Variety, Less Food for Future Mixed-Use Projects

ATLANTA — Traditionally, mixed-use developments are multifamily-based with ground-floor retail or dining and a few floors of offices in between or adjacent. That combination still works, but changing demographics demand more variety from the popular model, according to panelists of InterFace Mixed-Use Southeast on Aug. 22 at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta. Projects like The Battery Atlanta and the upcoming Revel development in nearby Duluth are anchored by popular entertainment sites — …

Community Involvement is Necessary for Successful Mixed-Use Projects, Says InterFace Panel

It’s not just a good idea for real estate developers to engage the surrounding community as part of their due diligence: It’s essential. While on stage at the close of the InterFace Southeast Mixed-Use conference, some of the Southeast’s most prolific mixed-use developers and owners say community involvement can be the difference between success and failure. “Nowadays, if you want a successful mixed-use project, you have to get in deep with the community and all the stakeholders …

Executive Directors Take on Heightened Importance in Evolving Seniors Housing Industry, Says InterFace Power Panel

CHICAGO — Operators in the senior living space universally agree that the executive director holds the single most important position at their communities and that the job is a daily grind. These frontline administrators are not only tasked with providing the best care possible for residents, but they must also demonstrate strong financial acumen. They are frequently thrust into the role of crisis manager, all the while they are expected to be strategic thinkers. Rather than simply give …

Medical Office Sales Active in Southeast Despite Slowdown Nationally, Say InterFace Panelists

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Medical office buildings (MOBs) were trading at steady increases year over year from 2011 to 2017, says P.J. Camp, principal and co-founder of Atlanta-based healthcare real estate investment firm Hammond Hanlon Camp. In 2018, however, MOB transactions started to dip, a trend that bled into the first part of this year. There were $14 billion worth of MOB transactions in 2017 but $12 billion worth in 2018. The first quarter of 2019 saw $1.7 billion worth of transactions in …

InterFace Seniors Midwest: Brookdale CEO Sees ‘Bright Future’ Following Major Turnaround Initiative

CHICAGO — A lot has happened at Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) over the last few years in what can only be described as a tumultuous period. Operating 844 communities as of March 31, the company is still the largest owner and operator of seniors housing in the country. However, Brookdale’s stock price has struggled mightily in recent years. While trading at nearly $40 per share as recently as 2015, the company’s stock price has not gone above $10 per share since late 2017. (The stock …

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