Student Housing Rounds COVID-19’s Twists and Turns, Light Shines at End of Tunnel

By Kevin Larimer and Brandon Buell, BerkadiaThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, confidence fluctuated around the performance and resilience of student housing properties. Understandably, commercial real estate investors pressed pause at the beginning of last year, as there was no way to know what this global pandemic meant for property performance. However, with steady collections for student housing throughout the year, confidence quickly regained. Towards the end of last year, …

Property Managers in D.C. Can Avoid Unwelcome Property Tax Surprises by Managing Liabilities

By Sydney Bardouil, Esq.After the tumult and disruptions of 2020, the last thing taxpayers need is another surprise. Our society craves predictability more than ever before, and commercial real estate owners want predictability in their property taxes.In the District of Columbia, commercial real estate owners keen to make their future expenses more predictable can start by familiarizing themselves with the full gamut of real property liabilities. In addition to the standard annual …

Student Housing Q&A with Timothy S. Bradley, Founder, TSB Capital Advisors

Student housing demonstrated its resilience in the face of COVID-19 challenges, but what can the industry expect going forward? Timothy S. Bradley, founder, TSB Capital Advisors, and principal, TSB Realty, sat down with Finance Insight to discuss financing and expectations for student housing in the fall of 2021 and beyond. Finance Insight: How was 2020 for TSB? Bradley: We were fortunate. Many observers assumed the student housing industry would be devastated by COVID-19-forced school …

Making the Case for Market-Rate Affordable Rental Housing, an Essential Part of Healthy Communities

By R. Michael Goman, Goman+YorkIn recent years, much of our work has focused on helping our client communities encourage the development of new market-rate affordable housing units. For our purposes, we define market-rate affordable rental housing as housing that is available at rental rates equivalent to 80 percent to 100 percent of 30 percent of the area median income (AMI).It also means that after paying rent, residents still have enough money for food, transportation, health care …

M&T: Positives in Seniors Housing Include Rate Environment, Available Assistance

The seniors housing industry has had a particularly challenging year. But the latest data from NIC MAP shows COVID cases are down in nursing homes and occupancies are expected to rebound from historic lows in the coming months, says Matt Pipitone, seniors housing platform manager with M&T Realty Capital Corp. (MTRCC).It remains to be seen how quickly leasing will ramp up and to what extent rents and incentives will be impacted long term. But in the meantime, Pipitone points to some …

Lenders See Opportunity Amid Adversity, Forecast Survey Reveals

By Matt ValleyDespite a tumultuous 2020, a year in which the country was turned upside down by a deadly pandemic that led to economic upheaval, the commercial real estate lending community overwhelmingly believes brighter days are ahead on the business front.France Media’s 2021 forecast survey of direct lenders and financial intermediaries nationally reveals that 84 percent of respondents expect the total dollar amount of commercial and multifamily loans closed by their firm this year …

Walker & Dunlop: Single-Family Rental and Build-for-Rent in High Demand

A number of factors are driving an increase in demand for single-family rental assets. Declines in home ownership rates, increasing demand/short supply for multifamily options and baby boomer renting preferences have made renting these single-family properties an increasingly popular choice. Meanwhile, COVID-19 spurred increases in teleworking that created a desire for additional space in the home and allowed more people to move to suburban locations — accelerating demand for single-family …

Q&A with Trevor Koskovich, President of Investment Sales for NorthMarq

NorthMarq has added a multifamily investment sales team to its Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., offices. The new team, which consists of Andrea Howard, Jeff Glenn, John Currin, Allan Lynch and Caylor Mark, all formerly of JLL, brings NorthMarq’s investment sales locations to 18.This addition also allows NorthMarq to expand its visibility, Carolinas coverage and service offerings to clients as the firm sets its sights on high-growth markets. Trevor Koskovich, NorthMarq’s president of …

NRF: US Retail Sales to Grow Between 6.5 and 8.2 Percent in 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that U.S. retail sales will grow anywhere from 6.5 percent to 8.2 percent this year, with a total of more than $4.3 trillion in sales. The NRF attributes the expected growth in retail sales to the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines over the course of the year, which will lead to stores to be frequented en masse.Many Americans were homebound in 2020 and so in turn they shifted to a more e-commerce focus. Online sales grew …

Technology Implementation Lies at the Forefront of Multifamily Design

By Michael Procopio, vice president of development, The Procopio Cos.  Undeniably, as we progress through 2021, one of the hottest trends in the field of owning and operating multifamily properties will continue to be technology and automation. According to the 2019 Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report, 43 percent of Gen Z buyers and 35 percent of millennials rated smart home features as “very important.” Although Zillow’s 2019 report shows that older generations are less concerned …

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