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 …

Amid Increased Demand, Many Multifamily Owners Turn to Third-Party Operators

In 2020, the multifamily marketplace took an unprecedented hit thanks to the global pandemic. Unemployment and layoffs were rife, rent moratoriums were put in place to safeguard against mass evictions, and multifamily investment and new builds took a nosedive. However, as the country has started to emerge from the throes of COVID-19, the marketplace has entered a banner period of growth with forecasts indicating that the number of apartments nationwide will grow by an additional 4.5 million by …

Retail Concepts Have to Reinvent Themselves to Stand Out, Say EEE Panelists

LOS ANGELES — After a two-year slog through COVID-19, consumer demand for shopping, dining and entertainment experiences has become a cresting tidal wave ready to descend upon the shore.The term “pent-up” is frequently used to describe this mentality, but industry professionals know that cliché doesn’t really do justice to the degree of concentrated demand for just about any form of dining out, barhopping, gaming and fraternizing. To this end, the National Retail Federation (NRF) …

Lee & Associates’ First-Quarter 2022 Economic Rundown by Sector

Lee & Associates’ newly released Q1 2022 North America Market Report scrutinizes first-quarter 2022 industrial, office, retail and multifamily outlooks throughout the United States. This class-by-class review of commercial real estate trends for the first quarter of the year focuses on how real estate is adjusting to long-term post-COVID attitudes.Lee & Associates has made the full market report available here (with further breakdowns of factors like vacancy rates, market …

Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Powers Real Estate Activity Along I-85 Industrial Corridor, Say InterFace Panelists

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Southeast has long been home to automotive giants such as Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, as well as their large network of suppliers. In 2021, BMW led the nation in automotive exports by value, the eighth consecutive year the German automaker held that distinction.BMW produced and exported $10.1 billion worth of cars and SUVs from its mega campus in Spartanburg, S.C., last year, and the company recently announced two new facilities — one on its campus …

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