Manufactured Housing Communities Garner Investor Interest

  Interest in affordable paths to homeownership and the growing popularity of lower density living are raising the profile of the manufactured housing option among American households and investors. At the same time, the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are making concerted efforts to better serve this historically underfinanced market at both the individual homeowner and community levels.The combination of robust cash flow growth …

InterFace Panel: Supply Chain Issues Continue to Challenge Multifamily Developers

By Taylor WilliamsFacing extended construction timelines and elevated costs of materials due to COVID-19’s disruption of global, national and local supply chains, multifamily developers are being forced to pivot, improvise and forge new relationships with suppliers in order to manage overall risk levels within their projects.Even before the pandemic, real estate developers and users across all asset classes understood how crucial competent supply chain management was to their budgets. …

Pandemic Drives Demand for More Business Automation in Real Estate

By Brian Thayer, vice president of real estate, AvidXchangeOver the past 18 months, the real estate industry has encountered unprecedented challenges, radical demand fluctuations and workplace shifts in which employees conduct business virtually more than ever before. And now, because of all this, the industry has made necessary adaptations to maintain the status quo.Technology changes, particularly back-office automation, have been a big part of this newly coalescing industry. How …

Does Your Property Tax Assessment Reflect COVID-19’s Long-Term Challenges?

Countless companies have seen their top and bottom lines decimated by COVID-19-related shutdowns, travel restrictions and changing consumer preferences since the start of the pandemic. Yet for many taxpayers, property tax values have changed little or even increased.Many of these taxpayers have been surprised to receive property tax bills that do not reflect the real and lingering economic challenges that the retail, hospitality, office and other industries have, are and will continue to …

Contractors Face Uncertain Materials Costs, Lull in Student Housing Activity Due to COVID-19

Rising construction materials costs have been one of the biggest stories of the pandemic era. When COVID hit, many factories ramped down production. In addition, some raw materials industries had challenges like tariffs, natural disasters and COVID-related slowdowns. When construction continued during the pandemic, supply suffered and pricing rose dramatically. This has been especially true for lumber and steel, but natural disasters in areas like Texas have even hampered the manufacturing of …

Now is the Time for Regional Mall Redevelopments

By Glenn Brill, managing director, FTI Consulting Inc.Despite the growth of e-commerce as consumer expenditures and retailers adapt to omni-channel sales, digital marketing strategies and shifts in consumer behaviors resulting from COVID-19, most shoppers still go to stores.Eighty-six percent of consumer sales take place in a brick-and-mortar store environment, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's second-quarter e-commerce retail sales report. Still, upscale retailers are …

Select Assets Can Present Strong Opportunities for Hotel Investors

By David Vincent, investment products specialist, CadreAsset selection in the hospitality investment market will be critical through the remainder of 2021, as particular hotels in select locations could thrive from new sources of growth and revenue, while others may sit on the wrong side of shifting demand.But investors shouldn’t completely write off the sector. Instead, they should keep their eyes wide open about specific opportunities with solid information that could support a …

After 18 Months, Seniors Housing Operators More Adept at Handling COVID-19 Crisis, Says InterFace Panel

ATLANTA — Seniors housing operators have been grappling the past 18 months with how to maintain their properties and keep occupancy high while also protecting their staff and residents, who are the most vulnerable population for infections and death from the COVID-19 outbreak. With the rise of the Delta variant in recent weeks, owners and operators are having to make tough decisions to care for their residents, although now they have built some muscle memory on how to operate effectively amid …

CBRE Survey: Cap Rates to Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels for Industrial, Office and Suburban Multifamily Properties

DALLAS — Industry professionals believe the commercial real estate values for industrial, office and suburban multifamily properties across the United States are expected to return to pre-pandemic levels or remain stable, hinting at a potential full recovery for the rest of 2021, according to a CBRE Group Inc. survey released on Aug. 31.CBRE’s survey looked at capitalization rates for stabilized assets and investment sentiment on market conditions. Capitalization rates measure a …

How Multifamily Landlords Can Step Up Their Business Performance in Uncertain Times

By Jordan Cooper, director of verticals, XeroIt’s difficult to guess anything about the housing and rental property markets of tomorrow given the conditions of today. Month after month of fluctuating prices, demand and availability have made renting a delicate dance for landlords and tenants alike.A recent IBISWorld report also pointed to an expected decrease in revenue for the larger apartment rental industry through 2021, but it’s not time to hit the panic button just yet. There …

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