More Multifamily Housing Needed to Combat Affordability Crisis, Bernanke Tells Marcus & Millichap CEO

The affordability of housing in the United States is currently under extreme duress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recession. Since March, approximately 53 percent of all households earning $25,000 to $49,999 reported lost income, according to a recent report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University entitled “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2020.”One net effect of less discretionary income is that monthly rent is becoming a heavier …

Lenders Bearish on Retail Sector Except for ‘Prime’ Assets, Says Expert Panel

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, retail and restaurant space has been severely impacted by government-mandated shutdowns. While some stay-at-home orders have been lifted, the sector has struggled to return to its pre-pandemic norms. As a result, lenders have shied away from retail, whether it be construction, refinancing or acquisition loans, according to an expert panel assembled by France Media, Inc.Retail has “lost a lot of favor” with lenders, said Pierce Mayson, managing …

Cleveland, Milwaukee & St. Louis Multifamily Forecasts Indicate Case for Caution

In earlier research, we found that investors may find advantageous risk and reward tradeoffs during the pandemic in often overlooked Midwest secondary markets. For the most part, average rent and occupancy metrics in these markets continued to rise throughout the summer, recession notwithstanding. Together, their inviting cap rates, rising NOI and low historic income volatility form a fairly compelling investment predicate.We also found that positive performance attributes were not limited …

E-Commerce Poised to Anchor Future of Industrial Real Estate

By Marc Betesh, founder and CEO of Visual LeaseWhile the commercial real estate industry has experienced many uncertainties during the pandemic, the industrial and logistics market continues to thrive. With the rapid acceleration of e-commerce in the wake of COVID-19, major online retailers are picking up large warehousing and manufacturing spaces to keep up with the surge in demand, which is ultimately responsible for industrial real estate experiencing vacancies at historic lows in …

Affordable Housing Sector is a Seller’s Market as New Buyers Enter the Fray, Says Exclusive Webinar Panel

Like many industries, the U.S. affordable housing sector has undergone a sea change stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Processes and protocols have changed for affordable housing professionals, some perhaps permanently. Closings are conducted virtually and some of the front-end work such as appraisals and subsidy applications look completely different than a year ago.The “new normal” that industry professionals are navigating has had a few stops and starts since March, but the sector …

Forecast Survey: What’s Your Take on Commercial Real Estate in 2021?

The editors of are conducting a brief online survey to gauge market conditions in 2021, and we welcome your participation. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete.Questions range from property sectors that you are most bullish on heading into 2021 to trends in deal volume to your outlook for interest rates.The results of our 10th annual survey will be collated and published in the January issues of our regional magazines. Conducting these surveys is …

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: The Case for Multifamily in Cincinnati and Detroit

Investors favor multifamily markets with brisk population growth and meaningful barriers to entry. But can a case be made in turbulent times for slow-growth Midwest cities characterized by weak entry barriers?View higher resolution version of chart above here.Midwest metro areas with relatively healthy demographic growth — Columbus, Indianapolis and Kansas City come to mind — have posted constructive performance trends during the pandemic recession so far, particularly with respect …

InterFace Roundtable: Capital for Active Adult Investment is Available, but ‘Fickle’

While the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly made life tougher for active adult investors, there is still capital available. It has just become harder to get.“The equity is pretty rational right now. It’s the TINA phenomenon — there is no alternative,” said Mark Marasciullo, chief investment officer with The United Group of Companies, which develops active adult properties. “There is, institutionally speaking, more and more equity piling up on the sidelines. …

Secondary Midwest Markets: Investor Refuge or Flavor of the Month?

More than a few column inches in multifamily media this year were dedicated to the implications of coronavirus on the housing preferences of renter households. Many theorize that the pandemic is leading householders to reexamine their attachment to urban life and consider suburban alternatives that offer larger floor plans, better schools, free parking and unit access without an elevator ride.Available data suggest there is something to this notion. Occupancy and rent in core urban …

What Defines A Sound Multifamily Investment Strategy?

By Yuriy Gelfman, principal at Olive Tree HoldingsReal estate investing is best viewed through the relatable lens of child rearing. An investment enters life with two parents — a limited partner (LP) and a general partner (GP).The parents really want their little investment to do well in life. The investment’s journey through life is full of obstacles and potential dangers, but through this metaphor, we can breathe life into a topic that can be dry on paper.Pre-Birth …

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