NMHC and NAA Laud Administration’s Housing Supply Action Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) have praised the Biden administration on the release of the Housing Supply Action Plan, which aims to alleviate the housing affordability crisis and lower costs for renters. Under the plan, the administration outlined new measures that would produce more housing supply, including more affordable housing units, over the course of the next five years.The plan includes several concepts …

MBA: Commercial, Multifamily Loan Originations Jumped 72 Percent in First Quarter

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations increased 72 percent in the first quarter of 2022 compared with the same period last year, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). In line with seasonality trends, originations during the first three months of 2022 were 39 percent lower than in the fourth quarter of 2021.By property type, loan originations for hotels increased by 359 percent year-over-year, followed by industrial (145 percent), retail …

Boeing Moves Global Headquarters to Arlington, Plans to Build Research Campus

ARLINGTON, VA. — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has chosen Arlington as the site for its new global headquarters due to the city’s proximity to Washington, D.C., and strong client and talent base in the region. The aerospace and defense giant is moving its headquarters from Chicago, where the firm plans to maintain a significant office presence. In addition to the corporate relocation, Boeing plans to develop a research and tech hub in Arlington to support and train Boeing employees in the areas of …

US Economy Adds 428,000 Jobs in April Led by Gains in Leisure and Hospitality

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 428,000 in April, while the 3.6 percent unemployment rate was unchanged from the prior month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Dow Jones economists had projected job gains of 400,000 in April and were expecting the unemployment rate to drop to 3.5 percent, according to CNBC.Once again, the employment sector with the largest gain was leisure and hospitality, which posted 78,000 new jobs last month. The 4.8 …

Joint Venture Breaks Ground on 2 MSF Stacks Mixed-Use Property in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A joint venture between Akridge, National Real Estate Advisors, Blue Coast Capital and Bridge Investment Group has broken ground on the first phase of The Stacks, a 2 million-square-foot mixed-use project in Washington, D.C. Bank OZK is providing a $367 million construction loan for the first phase of the development. William Collins, Bindi Shah, Marshall Scallan and Shaun Weinberg of Cushman & Wakefield arranged the loan. The construction timeline was not …

MBA: Commercial, Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Closed 55 Percent More Loans in 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The total amount of commercial and multifamily loans that mortgage bankers closed in 2021 at $683.2 billion was 55 percent higher than the $441.5 billion reported in 2020, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)’s 2021 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Annual Origination Volume Summation. Multifamily mortgage lending took the lead last year at $376 billion, followed by loans for office buildings, industrial properties, retail, hotel/motel and …

US Economy Added 431,000 Jobs in March, Unemployment Rate Dropped to 3.6 Percent

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 431,000 in March, while the unemployment rate decreased from 3.8 percent in February to 3.6 percent last month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Dow Jones economists predicted approximately 490,000 jobs with a 3.7 percent unemployment rate, according to CNBC. Total employment remains down by 1.6 million from what it was in February 2020, or 1 percent.The BLS also reports that the average hourly earnings for …

Avanath Capital Management Acquires 2M Street Apartments in D.C. for $103.5M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Avanath Capital Management LLC has acquired 2M Street Apartments, a 315-unit multifamily community in Washington, D.C., for $103.5 million. The seller was not disclosed.Built in 2014, 2M Street is an apartment community that offers studio, one- and two-bedroom floorplans. Unit features include fully equipped kitchens, balconies, breakfast nooks, granite countertops and washers and dryers in-unit. Community amenities include a basketball court, onsite maintenance, media …

US Economy Added 678,000 Jobs in February, Wages Changed Little

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 678,000 in February, while the unemployment rate decreased from 4 percent in January to 3.8 percent last month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Still, the total nonfarm employment is down by 2.1 million, or 1.4 percent, from its pre-pandemic level in February 2020.The BLS reports that average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 1 cent in February over the prior month, or …

The Tax Appeal Life Cycle in D.C. Goes Through Three Levels of Review

In the District of Columbia, a prudent taxpayer must observe important steps and deadlines to appeal a real property tax assessment. Strict code provisions, government policies and procedures govern the appeal process, so understanding the typical life cycle of an appeal provides a head start in making sure a property is fairly assessed.Here is a look at what to expect as a case advances:Assessment and Notification Assessors reassess all real property in the District each year using …

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