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Weekly Roundup: February 2nd, 2018

This week’s collection of industry trends is marked by rising demand for apartments, how renters are finding multifamily spaces and how rethinking the suburbs could be part of the solution to housing affordability. First, CityLab suggests that replacing single family homes with small apartment buildings can be a natural way to start improving housing stock and density. Then, Trepp reveals how the lending market is responding to growing levels of demand. Arbor’s Chatter blog uncovers the most popular search modes for finding new apartments. Next, Urban Institute notes that due to factors like the difficulty of obtaining a mortgage, lack of entry-level inventory and costs of building a home, homeownership is no longer a realistic goal for everyone. Finally, National Real Estate Investor examines how increasing home prices are impacting would-be first-time buyers — many are turning to renting as a more affordable option. 

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Density’s Next Frontier: The Suburbs

CityLab – Feb. 1

“America’s real housing problem—and a big part of the solution to it—lie in closer-in single-family-home neighborhoods that were built up during the great suburban boom of the last century, and that have seen little or no new housing construction since they were initially developed.”

Can Multifamily Sector Keep up with Rising Demand?

Trepp – Jan. 31

“Multifamily demand has risen to its highest level in more than 25 years (which roughly equates to the duration of one generation) thanks to demographic trends, population growth, and changing consumer preferences.”

How do Small Building Renters Find their Apartments

Chatter Blog – Jan. 25

“Traditional word of mouth referrals and Internet searches are most popular among renters seeking small building rentals. But search modes vary with the end purpose of the move.”

Homeownership and the American Dream

Urban Institute – Jan. 31

“The pendulum seems to have swung too far the other way, and many now may have too little faith in homeownership as part of the American Dream.”

Apartment Renters Continue to Dominate Many of the Nation’s Cities

NREI – Jan. 30

“Renter households now make up the majority in 42 of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., according to RENTCafé. That’s up from 20 cities where renters dominated within city limits in 2006.”

Weekly Roundup: January 19, 2018

This week’s industry highlights consist of an outlook of multifamily in 2018, a growing trend among Baby Boomers to rent and how advancements in technology will continue to disrupt the traditional apartment sector. First, Freddie Mac’s David Brickman tells Commercial Observer how he manages to keep an emphasis on affordability without sacrificing overall profits. Then, a NAREIT’s panel with five leading economists reveals that although 2018 may not see big gains in prices, job growth and strong fundamentals will keep the market promising. The Washington Post then uncovers that some Baby Boomers are choosing to rent apartments for reasons such as not being responsible for repairs and the flexibility to move as frequently as they would like. Next, NMHC creates a redefined view of multifamily with innovations that will focus on meeting the needs of human experiences, changing employment developments, e-commerce, and health/wellness. Lastly, National Real Estate Investor concludes that although multifamily will mainly remain stable in 2018, Class A assets will continue to see competition, rents may continue to rise and markets like Houston will continue to develop and show potential.

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Freddie Mac’s David Brickman on GSEs’ Special Role and the Outlook for Multifamily

Commercial Observer – Jan. 18

“A year shy of his 20th anniversary with the agency lender, David Brickman answers to an intricate pair of overlapping mandates: earn a sensible economic return from loan activities while assertively promoting liquidity and affordable housing even during economic crises.”

Economists See Strong U.S. Fundamentals Boding Well for Real Estate

NAREIT – Jan. 18

“NAREIT’s panel also expounded on trends, structural shifts, sectors and cap rates in the coming year.”

Downsizing Baby Boomers Face a Key Decision: Is it Better to Rent or to Buy?

The Washington Post – Jan. 18

“The rent-or-buy decision is more commonly thought of as a dilemma for young professionals establishing their households, not people approaching retirement.”

NMHC Multifamily Disruption Report

NMHC – Jan. 18

“Eight major trends will be game changers for apartments moving forward. These tectonic shifts are poised to radically reshape our customers’ experiences as well our industry’s approach to designing, developing and operating our communities.”

Seven Predictions for the Multifamily Sector in 2018

NREI – Jan. 18

“‘Stable.’ That’s the one word that encapsulates the anticipated state of the multifamily sector this year — that was also the sentiment expressed by other industry experts as well, when asked for their forecasts for the upcoming year.”

Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018

We start off this week’s collection of top multifamily news items with a look at the growing demand for Class B apartments as investors begin to realize the shortage of workforce housing. Next, we explore where the workforce is growing with a look at 10 booming cities from CNBC.


Turning to tax reform, Urban Institute examines how the new policy will make renting more attractive than owning a home. Multifamily Executive then walks us through the finer points of the relationship between property tax assessments and acquisition price. This week’s round up closes with a look at some often-overlooked cities experiencing revivals.

Class B Apartments in Demand: Investors Look to Capitalize on Workforce Housing Shortage

CoStar – Jan. 8

“Apartment investors will be hunting for Class B properties this year – not as the value-added proposition they’ve been seen as recently, but as a way to address the shortage of workforce housing.”

10 Cities with Booming Employment Growth in 2017

CNBC – Jan. 9

“While job creation has actually slowed by 6 percent in 2017, some cities are still experiencing tremendous employment growth.”

For Many, Tax Reform Will Make Renting More Attractive Than Owning A Home

Urban Institute – Jan. 9

“The increased standard deduction means fewer taxpayers will itemize. The reduction in tax rates also suggests less of a benefit for those who do itemize.”

Look Beyond Acquisition Price to Reduce Property Tax Assessments

Multifamily Executive – Jan. 10

“Many jurisdictions have specific assessment statutes that result in taxable values well below the property’s purchase price or the value indicated under the income approach.”

The U.S. Cities Left Behind Now Get Their Turn

Bloomberg – Jan. 8

“The current recovery brings a chance for places like Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Riverside, California, to reinvent themselves.”