Innovative, Tech-Savvy Retailers Better Equipped to Survive, says Texas Panel

Brick-and-mortar retailers in Texas that have found creative ways to develop new income streams and to leverage technology to directly engage their customer bases have proven most resilient in battling the financial headwinds the sector faces as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. A panel of retail real estate professionals in Dallas and Austin spoke to this trend and others during the Texas Retail Reboot webinar, which was held on Thursday, May 7. Shopping Center Business and Texas Real …

LightBox Survey: Longevity of Pandemic, Unemployment Are Top Concerns for CRE Professionals

It’s not the outright fear or negativity surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak that most concerns those in the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. Rather, it’s the uncertainty. That’s according to a market confidence survey polling those in the broker, appraisal, lending, investing and environmental consulting/engineering sectors on how they have been impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting recession. LightBox, a real estate technology firm, conducted the poll from mid-April through the …

Cresting Wave of Job Losses Upends Miami Multifamily Sector

How will the COVID-19 fallout impact the Miami multifamily market? Although many investors are approaching markets known for leisure travel and cruise industries with caution these days, RED Mortgage Capital research posted last week indicates Fort Lauderdale/Broward County may offer a more attractive risk and reward profile than is commonly understood in the intermediate term, even under severe recessionary stress. Can the same be said of Miami as many of the same arguments apply? Let us …

M&M Panel: Aggressive Government Response to COVID-19, Strong Fundamentals Will Limit Severity of Canada’s Downturn

TORONTO — Investment demand for commercial real estate assets in Canada will be adversely impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, but the market’s strong real estate fundamentals heading into the crisis and extensive forms of government aid should work in tandem to offset the damage and fuel a strong recovery. Such was the consensus of a panel of investment sales brokers and executives from Marcus & Millichap’s various Canadian offices, who convened on April 21 for a teleconference …

Student Housing CEOs Expect Lower International Enrollment, Changes to On-Campus Living for Fall Semester

With summer break fast approaching, many universities are beginning to turn their attention to the upcoming academic year. The question lingering on the minds of many is: What will fall semester look like during a pandemic? Will international students return? Will enrollment numbers fall? And will campuses even host in-person classes? The answer to each of these questions begets an impact on student housing, both on and off campus.  On Friday, April 17, Student Housing Business (SHB) …

Fort Lauderdale Multifamily Sector Offers Investors Shelter from the Viral Storm

Many multifamily real estate investors have moved to the sidelines until price transparency returns and the trajectory of property performance becomes clearer. It is a prudent strategy. Indeed, this period of forced inactivity is, perhaps, better used to reflect on the future and consider which U.S. apartment markets will offer the most attractive opportunities when the moment arrives to test the waters again. Conventional wisdom holds that markets with significant reliance on leisure travel …

Walker & Dunlop: Rent, Lenders, Tech in the Midst of Coronavirus

In recent weeks, the ability of commercial real estate owners to access debt and equity has come into question as the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on the economy. While some deals in the pipeline are still getting done, the debt markets took a pause as the pandemic took hold. Debt markets were waiting for clarity on how various sectors would react, according to Mark Strauss, managing director of capital markets, and Rob Quarton, director of capital markets, with Walker & Dunlop’s …

NMHC Survey: Multifamily Construction Slows Significantly Due to Coronavirus Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 56 percent of apartment developers reported construction delays, according to a survey by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). Of those reporting delays, 70 percent said they were experiencing delays in construction starts, an 11 percent increase from a NMHC survey conducted the end of March. NMHC’s construction survey gauges the magnitude of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak on multifamily construction. …

Student Housing CEOs Provide Insight on April Rent Collections, Pre-Leasing, Upcoming Academic Year

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt across every facet of the student housing industry. On  and off campus, owners and operators have grappled with the cancellation of in-person classes and administrative orders by universities for students to vacate campus entirely in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus. As the situation continues to escalate, many in the industry are wondering what the virus’ impact will be on the months ahead and on the upcoming academic year. …

Orlando Multifamily Could Suffer Multiyear COVID-19 Recession Contraction

Since the end of the Great Recession, Orlando has been among the country’s fastest-growing economies and strongest multifamily markets. After 2014, metro payroll employment increased at a 3.7 percent compound annual rate, 120 percent faster than the national average. Only Austin surpassed Orlando for payroll growth among the peer group of 50 large metropolitan markets, according to The RED 50, a proprietary econometric model developed by RED Capital Research. Personal income grew about …

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