ALEX Chatter recapped their top posts from 2017. In 2017, they covered many topics from the fastest growing metro markets and the factors that determine rent growth to tech solutions and the future of amenity offerings. They served as the go to source for multifamily news and information. An expansive array of topics have been covered in 2017, but below are the top 10 articles that we believe will keep you up to date on the latest industry trends and ahead of the competition.

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Here are the Fastest Growing Multifamily Markets for Small Properties
Chandan Economics – March 1, 2017
Small asset growth rates across the Top 20 US metro areas by size varied widely, with metros in the US Southeast (Orlando, Atlanta and Miami) growing the fastest.

Is Job Growth a Good Predictor for Rent Growth?
Barbara Denham – March 31, 2017
The recent success of the apartment market has shown that two key variables have driven apartment demand – job growth and tech-related job growth.

6 Tech Solutions Every Multifamily Investor Should Know
Michael Beckerman – April 5, 2017
Choosing the right tool could mean the difference between closing in days or weeks, tenant retention or high turnover, and a low or high NOI.

The Numbers Behind the Dallas Multifamily Boom
Matt Maison – April 18, 2017
Rent growth accelerated as vacancy reached historic lows, strong employment growth continued to drive new development, and investment activity reached record highs.

High Skilled Workers are Moving to Secondary Markets
Chandan Economics – May 30, 2017
Workers in higher wage STEAM occupations help stabilize small asset apartment demand in the Gateway markets, while fueling growth in regional and secondary markets.

Video: A Conversation of Small Multifamily Loans
Ivan Kaufman – June 26, 2017
Ivan Kaufman, Chairman, President & CEO of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc., sits down with Steve Johnson, Vice President of the Small Loan Business at Freddie Mac Multifamily, for a discussion on how the Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan program has expanded liquidity to underserved markets.

How Does Property Age Impact Multifamily Asking Rents?
Chandan Economics – September 6, 2017
Recently released Census data shows that certain older structures – especially those representing specific design epochs – command higher rents.

Q&A: Trends in Commercial Real Estate with the MBA’s Jamie Woodwell
Chatter Staff – October 26, 2017
Commercial real estate has always been heavily data dependent, and that naturally leads one to technology. The amount of information available to investors and lenders has expanded tremendously, making it more accessible and actionable.

Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Multifamily Parking
Chatter Staff – November 27, 2017
With the introduction of autonomous cars, transit-oriented development and the rise of ride-sharing companies, it seems inevitable that parking will take somewhat of a back seat.

Chicago Multifamily Market Update: Deal Volume Up as Investors Chase Yield
Matt Maison – November 27, 2017
Rents in the Chicago multifamily market continue to rise as corporate relocations and an emerging technology sector continue to drive demand.