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US Multifamily Originations to Decline 20 to 41 Percent in 2020, Says Freddie Mac

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its midyear multifamily outlook report, Freddie Mac predicts U.S. multifamily loan originations will drop severely for all of 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the big blow the virus has dealt the U.S. economy. The gross domestic product from April to June plunged 32.9 percent on an annualized basis, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.The government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) is projecting that loan volume will decrease 20 to 41 percent across the …

Walker Webcast: Steady Apartment Rent Collections Buoyed by Unemployment Benefits

BETHESDA, MD. — Several industry professionals are predicting that a second stimulus bill will be a $1.75 trillion package approved by Aug. 15.The comments came on a “Walker Webcast” webinar, entitled “All Eyes on Washington: What Will the Next Stimulus Bill Do for CRE?” that took place on Wednesday, July 29. Commercial real estate finance firm Walker & Dunlop hosts the webinar series.Willy Walker, chairman and CEO of Bethesda, Md.-based Walker & Dunlop, spoke with Bob …

Webinar: South Florida Retail Outlook: What is the Impact of COVID-19 on South Florida’s Retail Sector?

Last week, Shopping Center Business and Southeast Real Estate Business hosted "South Florida Retail Outlook: What is the Impact of COVID-19 on South Florida’s Retail Sector?" Listen as a panel of retail experts discusses their gameplans: working with tenants and their employees as the industry seeks to adapt. Hear about attitudes towards loans, rent reductions, property value, next steps and more.See a list of some topics covered and their timestamps below: (07:00): How are …

First Inning: South Florida Retail Market Resets as COVID-19 Throws a Curveball, Says SCB Webinar

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had an outsized impact on South Florida. According to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the region’s three primary counties rank in the top 20 of confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, July 22. At 92,345 cases, Miami-Dade County is No. 4 on the list. Broward County comes in at No. 9 with 43,747 cases, and Palm Beach County is No. 20 with 27,506 cases.The surge in cases has had a pronounced effect on the area’s retailers as citizens have resumed …

Three Months of Forbearance? Better Think Twice

By Chad Thomas Hagwood, Hunt Real Estate CapitalThanks to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), forbearance is now one of the biggest buzzwords in multifamily finance. When the FHFA announced at the end of March that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would offer mortgage forbearance to multifamily properties facing hardship as a result of COVID-19, many multifamily owners adopted a wait-and-see attitude.That was the right decision. As April went on, the NMHC Rent Payment Tracker steadily …

Retail Reboot Webinar: Wave of Second-Generation Restaurant Space to Hit Atlanta Market

As many as 150,000 to 200,000 restaurants nationwide may never fully reopen again after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, according to estimates from the National Restaurant Association. This represents 15 to 20 percent of all U.S. restaurants.Though the metro Atlanta area’s restaurants have been allowed to reopen their dining rooms for a full two weeks following Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s directives in late April, early indications are that a large swath of operators are choosing to keep …

JLL: Coronavirus Is Impacting Retail Supply Chains

With the stock market dropping to lows unprecedented since the Great Recession on Monday and the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, concerns are now rising regarding coronavirus’ long-term impact on domestic investments.But will the disease have any impact on brick-and-mortar retail? According to a research report from JLL, while retail supply chains have already been affected, the health of retail as whole depends heavily on how long the …

Property Tax Planning Delivers Major Savings

When it comes to property taxes, what you don’t know can hurt you. Whether it is failing to meet a valuation protest deadline, ignorance of available exemptions or perhaps missing an error in the assessment records, an oversight can cost a taxpayer dearly. Understanding common mistakes — and consulting with local property tax professionals — can help owners avoid the pain of unnecessarily high property tax bills.Think ahead on property taxes Many owners ignore property taxes until a …

MBA Forecasts U.S. Economy to Slow in 2020 as Job Market Weakens

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. economy is likely to take a hit this year from the effects of geopolitical uncertainty and a global recession in the manufacturing sector, according to Michael Fratantoni, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).His forecast calls for U.S. GDP growth of 1.2 percent in 2020, down from 2.2 percent in 2019, and for job growth to dip from a monthly average of 175,000 last year to 150,000 this year. The unemployment rate, which currently stands at 3.6 …

Egbert Perry and Affordable Housing: How One Man’s Vision Launched a National Movement

When picturing the rebirth of downtown Atlanta, one of the first images to come to mind is the skyline — the iconic high-rises. Another, often overlooked, part of this picture includes Atlanta’s skywalks. In the early days of redevelopment, these walkways connected luxury buildings above urban neighborhoods that many had abandoned, and effectively furthered the separation of the “haves” from the “have-nots.”Iconic Atlanta developer Egbert Perry was driven to challenge …

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