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Build-to-Rent Planning and Entitlements: How to Avoid Challenges

The build-to-rent (BTR) property type has gained significant traction in the commercial real estate market due to increasing interest from tenants, investors and developers. Developers moving into the BTR market before 2020 originally focused on this sector as an “in between” product for future home buyers who weren’t ready to commit to a single location but wanted additional space and amenities. The pandemic fueled tenants’ desires for more privacy and space without the long-term …

Student Housing is Growing on Institutional Investors’ Radars, Say InterFace Panelists

By Taylor WilliamsAs a subcategory of multifamily that is currently experiencing record rent growth, student housing is increasingly becoming a sought-after commodity in the world of institutional investment, according to a panel of industry experts.More institutional love for student housing is also arriving at a time in which concerns about COVID-19’s impact on enrollment and on-campus learning at the nation’s colleges and universities are largely being laid to rest. The verdict …

Retail Real Estate is All About Creating the ‘Place to Be’

By Greg Lyon, Chairman and Principal, Nadel ArchitectsThe appearance of retail is always evolving in terms of space and function. Today, however, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure a shopping center is the “place to be” in a community to achieve long-term success. This strategy allows developers to consistently deliver retail projects that attract crowds, encourage increased length of stay and repeat visits, and set the bar for the next evolution of retail.But …

SIOR: Minimal Availability, Rising Construction Costs Dampen Industrial Brokers’ Confidence

By Taylor Williams The combination of dwindling vacancies and skyrocketing construction costs is beginning to have a marginally negative impact on the confidence that industrial brokers across major U.S. markets have in their chosen property type, according to the latest sentiment report from the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR).For the first time in the report’s history, the average sentiment of industrial brokers that carry the designation, while still very …

Investment in Student Housing Remains Robust Despite Volatility in Debt, Equity Markets, Says InterFace Panel

AUSTIN, TEXAS — As we move toward the start of a new academic year, the outlook in the student housing industry keeps getting brighter, according to experts within the industry. All signs point to further movement out of the COVID-19 pandemic — a testament to which was seen at the 14th annual InterFace Student Housing conference in Austin, where over 1,300 attendees gathered last week at the JW Marriott downtown.The sector’s resilience during the pandemic was once again a major topic …

Four Ways Technology Can Keep Onsite Multifamily Staff Happier During the Great Resignation

The Great Resignation. The Big Quit. Call it what you will. The widespread trend of employees leaving their jobs in 2021 and 2022 has placed a burden on onsite property management staff at multifamily communities.Like other industries nationwide, the multifamily industry has been hit hard by this period where record numbers of employees are leaving their current positions.According to the National Apartment Association (NAA), rental owners and operators have reported up to 70 percent of …

Speed to Market is ‘Almost the Only Priority’ for Multifamily Developers Looking to Avoid Cost Risks, Say InterFace Panelists

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Multifamily developers are pushing their chips in and aggressively looking for new development deals, especially for sites in and around high-growth markets in the Southeast. Michael Tubridy, senior managing director of Crescent Communities, said his firm isn’t leaving anything to chance and is looking to move quickly on development opportunities.“We’re trying to get as many units on the ground today as possible, because tomorrow will be more expensive,” said …

Yardi: Student Housing Shows Healthy Rent Growth, Preleasing Levels for Fall 2022

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. — The student housing industry continued to show strong fundamentals in the first quarter of this year, with preleasing levels off to a robust start and annual rent growth exceeding pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest installment of Yardi’s National Student Housing Report.As of March, preleasing for fall 2022 was reported at 63.8 percent — a number that is 13.5 percent higher than the same time last year and 9.9 percent higher than March 2019 — and the …

As Affordability Crisis Deepens, Policies and Market Shift to Assist the Underserved

By Omar Eltorai, Arbor Realty TrustTo understand the affordable housing market in spring 2022, one needs to first assess how this sector weathered the pandemic and then assess the current state of housing affordability across the country. In-depth findings on these trends are included in the Arbor Realty Trust-Chandan Economics Affordable Housing Trends Report, from which this article is excerpted. Weathering the Pandemic When it comes to the pandemic response, federal policymakers proved …

Multifamily Operators Battle Fraud, Labor Shortages on the Front Lines, Say InterFace Panelists

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Property managers are navigating a minefield of issues in today’s apartment market. Analyzing renter applications for fraud, collecting overdue rent and turning over units from freeloading tenants are all in a day’s work for savvy apartment operators.Amanda Kitts, senior vice president of property management at Northwood Ravin, a multifamily owner and operator based in North Carolina, said that part of the role of an operations professional today entails poring over …




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