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Close Ties to Mexico Enable Stability in El Paso’s Multifamily Market

Long-time El Paso residents frequently hear people talking about the good things happening in our city. To be sure, El Paso is an enigma and a contradiction — a big small town with its own identity. Cultural, economic, social and ethnic differences are comfortably accommodated in a “mi casa es tu casa” openness. Contrary to our “wild west” reputation, El Paso ranks as one of America’s safest cities by size. The closest major city to El Paso is Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.5..

September 29, 2017

Essex Apartment Homes Acquires 24-Story Mixed-Use Property in San Jose

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — An affiliate of Essex Apartment Homes (NYSE: ESS) has purchased 360 Residences, a 24-story, mixed-use residential and retail tower in downtown San Jose. The purchase price was $133.5 million, according to Silicon Valley Business Journal. The mixed-use asset is located at 360 Market St., situated one mile from Google’s proposed office campus as well as the future downtown San Jose and Diridon BART stations. The transit-oriented property also provides access to..

September 27, 2017

Fortis Property Group Obtains $297M Construction Loan for 325,000 SF Mixed-Use Project in Brooklyn

NEW YORK CITY — Fortis Property Group has received a $297 million construction loan to develop River Park, a three-building mixed-use project in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. The 325,000-square-foot project will feature 172 luxury condominium units, 66,900 square feet of community space and 328 parking spaces. Fortis acquired 18 buildings on three adjacent sites that formerly housed the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) medical campus. The company purchased LICH in 2015 for..

September 13, 2017

The Middle Ground: The Next Great Opportunity for Chicago Multifamily

Like other metros, Chicago is in the midst of an apartment boom where the hum of multifamily construction has become commonplace. In fact, approximately 8,000 new rental units are slated to deliver by the end of next year, according to Appraisal Research Counselors. Nearly 4,000 units are expected to deliver in 2019. The majority of this multifamily construction is concentrated on Class A rental high-rises. SixForty (640 N. Wells St.) by JDL Development and 8 E. Huron by CA Ventures — both..

September 7, 2017

Independence Realty Trust to Acquire Nine-Property Multifamily Portfolio for $228.1M

PHILADELPHIA — Independence Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: IRT) has agreed to acquire a nine-property multifamily portfolio for $228.1 million. The portfolio contains 2,353 units across the U.S. The seller was not disclosed. This acquisition will allow IRT to further develop its presence in core markets like Atlanta, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio. It will also allow the REIT to enter two new markets, though further information regarding the assets’ locations was not disclosed. IRT..

September 6, 2017

Regional Job Growth Reinvigorates Charlotte’s Multifamily Market

The Charlotte economy has created jobs at a faster rate than the national average throughout this cycle. With 34,900 new jobs over the last 12 months and more than 110,000 over the last three years, the regional job market has created a new demand for the luxury multifamily inventory throughout infill and select suburban submarkets. Four of the MSA’s top five employers — Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health — each have a combined 1,000-plus job..

August 28, 2017

RGV’S Multifamily Market Attracts More Diverse Pool of Buyers

These days, first-time investors in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) multifamily market are in for a bit of education. Misconceptions about the RGV are common due to the market’s actual proximity to the Mexican border and lack of proximity to other major metros, as well as the Trump administration’s dicey relationship with our neighbor to the south. In reality, the area is an attractive, stand-alone market filled with growth potential. Education, healthcare, retail, international trade,..

August 25, 2017

Apartment Values Continue to Climb in Orange County

Orange County’s well-diversified and growing economy, coupled with its high quality of life, attract residents nationally and internationally to the region. Prohibitive home pricing also intensifies the high barrier to home ownership, further supporting overall apartment fundamentals in the Orange County market. Developers are targeting urban centers where they can transform the areas with Class A rentals. Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle, the Disney Resort, Convention Center Complex and..

August 22, 2017

Miami Multifamily Market Remains Strong, But Where are the Deals?

The multifamily market in South Florida is gaining strength but not sales velocity due to converging market and demographic forces. Sales topped $400 million for the third year in a row in 2016, largely because the average price per unit jumped 13 percent to $185,300 per unit. The vacancy rate fell below 4 percent at the end of last year, and rents climbed almost 4 percent on all types of units to an effective rate of $1,351 per month. It’s clear the current upcycle will continue beyond..

August 14, 2017

Rockpoint Group Buys 365-Unit Town City Center Apartments Near Miami for $87M

PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. — Rockpoint Group has purchased the 365-unit Town City Center apartment complex in the Miami suburb of Pembroke Pines for $87 million. The Class A community is located at 10700 S.W. City Center Blvd. in Broward County’s master-planned Pembroke Pines City Center development. The seller was The Related Group. Town City Center was built in 2016. It is situated on 11 acres near upscale shopping centers, golf courses, restaurants and nightlife, with Miami and Fort..

August 9, 2017