Three Key Trends to Monitor in Philadelphia’s Multifamily Market

By Christine Beechan, area vice president, Morgan Properties If there’s one certainty about the unusual year that is 2020, it’s that COVID-19 has significantly impacted every industry across the globe. For apartment owners and operators, we’ve entered uncharted territory in terms of changing renter demands, unconventional leasing methods and new operational procedures. Consequently, it’s especially important right now for apartment professionals to understand the complexities of the …

Texas Multifamily Developers, Architects Improvise

By Taylor Williams The sudden merging of a healthy pipeline of multifamily product in Texas with a global pandemic that has caused a drastic increase in working from home is forcing apartment builders and designers to get exceedingly creative with all facets of their projects. Unit interiors and common areas of apartment buildings must now provide makeshift workspaces for adults across a wide range of industries, as well as for the preexisting members of the gig economy and for children who …

Opportunity in the Midwest: Why Indiana Is Gaining Favor with Investors

By Chris Bruzas, Berkadia While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the commercial real estate industry, bright spots have emerged across the multifamily landscape. Nationally, secondary and tertiary markets demonstrate resilience and strong performance, despite challenging circumstances. One of these bright spots is Indiana. Since the start of the year, Berkadia’s investment sales and mortgage banking teams have closed more than $498 million in combined sales and financing …

Texas Lenders Express Optimism for Second Half

By Taylor Williams Decreased acquisition activity across virtually all asset classes is among the most visible impacts that COVID-19 has had on commercial real estate, but capital markets professionals say there’s reason to believe deal volume will rebound sharply toward the end of the year. According to data from Real Capital Analytics (RCA), the total sales volume of commercial properties in the country was approximately $44.7 billion during the second quarter. This figure represents a …

What’s Up Next For San Antonio?

Interviews conducted by Taylor Williams During the 10-year expansionary cycle, San Antonio posted one of the highest rates of population growth in the country, bringing new development of luxury apartment communities, modernized e-commerce facilities, bustling entertainment destinations and a landmark Class A office building. While some short- and long-term pain from COVID-19 is inevitable, there is also some optimism on the horizon. Industrial broker Cody Woodland of NAI Partners, …

McAllen Multifamily Market Shows Positive Rent Growth Amid COVID-19

By Brad Frisby, Associate, NAI Rio Grande Valley The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA’s multifamily market has posted positive rent growth for the first half of 2020, despite the outbreak of COVID-19 causing nationwide job losses and impacting landlords’ ability to push rents during much of that time. The combined effect of a stimulus package for renters and pandemic legislation that bans evicting residents who cannot pay due to COVID-19-related job losses has largely kept occupancy rates …

Texas Multifamily Owners, Investors Turn To Alternative Capital Sources

By Sam Greenblatt, CEO, Electra Capital Today, a growing number of risk-averse financial institutions are pulling back from the multifamily rental market, leaving owners and investors struggling to complete their transactions. Fortunately, however, private firms are stepping into the gap with alternative sources of debt and equity capital. As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the national economy this spring, banks tightened their standards on all types of loans, according to a recent Federal …

El Paso’s Multifamily Market Takes On COVID-19

As a multifamily investment sales brokerage firm, Greysteel has transacted close to 2,000 units in El Paso over the last 12 months. To say the El Paso multifamily market has been hot would be an understatement.  But with a sudden pandemic causing economic chaos, jobs are at risk and multifamily owners are facing ever-increasing pressure. First, let’s talk about how El Paso has recently performed. Demand for multifamily product in El Paso has been particularly strong lately, and we’ve …

How Workforce Housing Owners in Texas Can Help Tenants Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Multifamily developers across the country know that these are unprecedented and uncertain times for nearly everyone due to COVID-19.Houstonians making up our workforce, which many consider “the essential class,” include professionals like teachers, police officers, nurses and firefighters who invest in other peoples’ betterment every day. These are the people who are working day in and day out to provide us with various fundamental needs during this time of mandated …

How Can Minnesota Apartment Developers Access Capital While Minimizing Risk? Structured Finance

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul continue to be a very attractive marketplace for multifamily investing due to an average vacancy across the metro of 3.1 percent, as well as average 2019 rent growth of 5.8 percent, according to a recent report issued by Marquette Advisors. The Twin Cities currently has nearly 30,000 multifamily units in the development pipeline that are expected to be delivered between 2020 and 2022. With all of this development activity and an abundance of local …

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