Raleigh’s Potent Economic, Demographic Growth Rewards Multifamily Investors

Raleigh checks all the boxes: a youthful, highly educated population, top research universities, a thriving large cap research and tech sector, plus clement weather. It’s Austin with more first-rate college basketball teams and less traffic. Despite its conspicuous lack of entry barriers, multifamily investors and developers have placed enormous bets on Raleigh’s continuing success. Since 2017, apartment properties valued at nearly $8 billion have exchanged hands and over 15,000 …

Charlotte Surges into the First Rank of U.S. Growth Markets

Charlotte is America’s second-largest commercial banking center, home to one of the country’s biggest financial institutions, Bank of America; soon the headquarters site of another when BB&T and SunTrust merge; and host to more employees of Wells Fargo than call its San Francisco base home. It would be hard to exaggerate the economic benefits the local market secures from this status. One growing but not widely appreciated benefit is the Queen City’s emergence as one of the …

Underappreciated Multifamily Markets: Maryland Edition

Although attractive multifamily investment opportunities may still be available in gateway cities, investors increasingly are sourcing deals in secondary markets where land and asset prices are lower, cap rates a bit more generous and an unpicked gem of value-add fruit can still be found on the vine by intrepid late-cycle buyers. Parties looking to replicate past successes may not have to look too far afield as Maryland markets — overshadowed of late by Washington and Philadelphia — offer …

Washington’s Tech Boom Changes the Multifamily Investment Calculus

Washington and Northern Virginia are among the nation’s most expensive places to rent an apartment, which in part explains the billions of dollars being spent on apartment construction there. But Capital Area asset returns in the post-recession era haven’t clearly supported these decisions. From 2013 to 2018, rents in Washington and NoVA increased at respective compound annual rates of 3.2 percent and 2.6 percent, tabulating Reis data, materially slower than the 4.7 percent average growth …

Philadelphia’s New Brand Identity in Commercial Real Estate

Interest in Philadelphia among commercial real estate investors has been on the rise for years. But the Eastern Pennsylvania market managed to maintain a relatively low profile in the public consciousness, overshadowed by its larger East Coast primary market rivals, each with its own clear brand identity. But this is largely a thing of the past. Philadelphia has emerged lately as a leader in cutting-edge biotech and life science innovation. The city is a magnet for gene and cell-level …

Expanded Rent Stabilization Law Freezes NYC Stabilized Multifamily Property Market, Generates Buying Opportunities for Intrepid Investors

New York state authorities last year passed legislation designed to maintain rental affordability and housing stability in the Empire State. Mandated changes for units not currently subject to stabilization were mostly technical in nature — relating to rent increase notification periods, evictions and security deposits — but the impact on the New York City’s nearly 1 million regulated units was significant. Previously, an owner’s ability to raise stabilized unit rents was limited by a …

RED Mortgage Capital: Strong Economy Boosts Boston Multifamily Performance, but Looming Supply Likely to Hinder Returns

The country’s largest commercial real estate services firm recently selected Boston as its choice for strongest U.S. gateway multifamily market performer for 2020, and with good reason. The Eastern Massachusetts economy gained momentum in 2019, propelled by its world class “Eds and Meds” cluster and resurgent high tech, R&D and financial management communities. Income growth and job creation ran ahead of national averages and apartment markets remained tight and rent growth robust …

Red Mortgage Arranges $22M Loan for Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing Portfolio in Texas

TEXAS — Red Mortgage Capital, a division of ORIX Real Estate Capital LLC, has arranged a $22 million loan for the rehabilitation of 14 affordable housing properties totaling 556 units located across 12 rural Texas communities. Existing debt on the properties was also restructured as part of the deal. The borrower was a joint venture between Related Affordable, a division of Related Cos., and the Texas Housing Foundation (THF). The United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) provided the loan …

RED Arranges Acquisition Financing for $60M Apartment Portfolio in Union City, New Jersey

UNION CITY, N.J. — RED Mortgage Capital, the lending arm of ORIX Real Estate Capital, has arranged acquisition financing for a $60 million portfolio of apartment properties in Jersey City, located across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. The portfolio comprises 18 properties and includes 481 units of affordable housing product. John Darrow, Jim Martin and Harris O’Connell of RED, along with Brad Domenico of Progress Capital, arranged the financing through Freddie Mac’s small balance …

RED Mortgage Capital: Intermountain Region Generates Strong Apartment Performance and Value Creation

West Coast markets garner more press clippings and public attention. But the Intermountain States — Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — are posting impressive numbers that belie their station in the American consciousness. Offering Americans the sunshine and outdoor recreational opportunities they crave and the lower operating costs businesses seek, the region is in the nation’s sweet spot and taking full advantage of its position. Population, …

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