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Ivan Kaufman’s Real Estate Blog

Weekly Roundup | July 07, 2017

This week’s review of the top multifamily news stories starts off with a look at the rise of amenities aimed at making everyday life easier for older renters seeking to age in place. As covered in a recent Arbor webinar on senior housing trends, ride sharing services and grocery deliveries are enabling older renters to remain comfortable in an independent living setting longer than ever before. We’ll also examine the Top 10 markets for rent growth year-over-year as of May courtesy of Yardi Matrix data, learn about the relationship between small apartments and workforce housing affordability, and get a view of a future with human-free, drone-operated construction sites.


Rise of Aging-in-Place Amenities in Multifamily

via Property Management Insider – July 6, 2017

“While apartment designers have splashed on the amenities to attract younger renters, home builders and remodelers are placing more emphasis on simple functionality so older residents can get around their habitats easier for years to come.”

Top 10 Markets for Rent Growth

via Multi-Housing News – June 29, 2017

“Here are the 10 markets that, despite the nationwide trend of deceleration, have had the greatest year-over-year rent growth as of May 2017.”

The Role of Small Apartment Properties in Workforce Housing Affordability

via ALEX Chatter – July 7, 2017

“The growing lack of affordability within U.S. rental housing has led to the creation of new loan programs aimed at strengthening and preserving the existing stock of multifamily that’s affordable for the workforce. It turns that a large portion of housing suitable for the workforce is found in smaller apartment properties.”

Expect Human-Free Drone-Operated Construction Sites by 2050

via Bisnow – July 6, 2017

“Unlike industrial automation, where machines do the work for humans — resulting in the elimination of jobs — smart tech and remote-operated machinery will still require human operators behind-the-scenes to teach the tech the nuances of construction work.”

3 Strategies for Maximizing Resident Satisfaction

via Multifamily Executive – July 6, 2017

“To stay competitive, owner–operators must have a strategy for constantly incorporating new amenities, providing top-of-the-line service, and maintaining a strong sense of community for their residents.”

Weekly Roundup | June 09, 2017

In this week’s top multifamily reads, we see that foreign investors are still interested in U.S. commercial real estate — in fact, the asset class captured 31% of 2016’s global capital investments, according to Real Capital Analytics. We also learn why Florida and Texas are two of the top markets for those foreign investments. Additionally, a recent article from Commercial Real Estate Direct explores the demand characteristics supporting long-term growth in the Class B/C sector, which is proving to be a growing target for foreign capital.  


10 US cities where everyone wants to live right now

via Business Insider – June 6, 2017

“Austin is so hot right now — and no, we’re not talking about the rising temperatures.”


Foreign Investors Will Continue to Favor U.S. Assets

via National Real Estate Investor – June 9, 2017

“In the wake of international events like Brexit, investors are flocking to the U.S. in droves, and global interest in assets here continues to proliferate.”


Florida, Texas top foreign buyers property purchase list

via The Dallas Morning News – June 7, 2017

“Florida, Texas and California were the most popular markets for offshore buyers acquiring small properties for either investment or use, the Realtors found in their annual commercial real estate survey.”


Investor Demand for Senior Housing Continues to Grow in U.S.

via World Property Journal – June 7, 2017

“Despite investors’ expectations for rising interest rates, nearly 60% of respondents expect to increase the size of their portfolios in 2017 compared with 47% a year ago.”


The Multifamily Sector: A Tale of Two Classes

via Commercial Real Estate Direct – June 5, 2017

“Luxury apartments have been the darlings of the multifamily sector’s building boom since the Great Recession. However, a number of shifting dynamics are putting pressure on the asset class, while mid-range class-B properties remain underserved by developers and investors, despite strong fundamentals.”

Weekly Roundup | June 02, 2017

As we enter what is historically peak multifamily leasing season, this week’s roundup of top apartment reads will get you prepped on how to make the most of the busy time. While potential residents are out hitting the ground searching for their next home, apartment investors searching for their next opportunity can take a look at the nation’s most walkable cities for ideas. Always popular with younger high-earners, it is no surprise that a number of the most walkable cities match up with the top markets for STEAM-employed renters — think STEM plus Arts and Finance — which are outlined in a recent ALEX Chatter research post.

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First Quarter Commercial/Multifamily Delinquencies Remain Low

via Mortgage Bankers Association – June 1, 2017

“Delinquency rates for commercial and multifamily mortgages remained at or near record lows for most capital sources during the first quarter.”


Commercial Real Estate Lending Growth Remains Strong Despite Fed Rate Hikes

via Forbes – May 31, 2017

“While this trend is most visible for the commercial and industrial loan category, commercial real estate lending activity has bucked this trend to grow at a faster rate than any other loan category.”


High Skilled Workers are Moving to Secondary Markets

via ALEX Chatter – May 31, 2017

“While Gateway markets like New York and San Francisco still dominate, the STEAM job market (think STEM plus arts) is increasingly moving to Secondary markets.”


These Are the 10 Most Walkable Cities of 2017

via Redfin – May 31, 2017

“New York, San Francisco and Boston remain the most walkable large cities in the U.S., according to the latest annual ranking by Walk Score®.”


How Multifamily Owners Can Maximize Revenue before Peak Leasing Season

via National Real Estate Investor – May 30, 2017

“Before peak leasing season is in full swing, there are several steps that multifamily property owners and managers must take to ensure that they make the most out of the busy time.”