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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.”

Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2018

This week’s selection of multifamily news pieces reveal the expected performance outlook of the 2018 multifamily market as well as the amenities that matter most to renters. First, Mortgage Bankers Association identifies that the strength and stability of the CRE market will likely be sustained due to factors like increasing asking rents. Next, Axiometrics explores the dynamics that are causing small metro markets to outperform their counterparts. Alex Chatter discusses the significance of offering residents high speed connectivity and access to evolving technologies. Then, NREI predicts that 2018 will be another strong year for multifamily with an elevated level of transaction volume, low cap rates and a continued focus on secondary and tertiary markets. Lastly, The Wall Street Journal discovers that while nearly all residents say they care about having an on-site fitness center, less than half take advantage of the facilities they have.


3Q Commercial/Multifamily DataBook Reports ‘Strong, Steady’ Markets

MBA – Jan. 4

“Commercial real estate and finance markets were strong and steady during the third quarter, with fundamentals holding tight, prices still climbing, finance activity growing and loan performance extremely strong.”

Smaller Metro Apartment Markets Often Outperform Larger Neighbors

Axiometrics – Jan. 4

“What might be causing the discrepancy in market performance between these marquee-name markets and their lesser-known neighbors? There are a few potential explanations.”

Need for Higher Speeds: An Updated Look at Internet Use in Small Apartment Buildings

ALEX Chatter – Jan. 2

“While Internet access makes steady inroads in small apartment buildings, renter preference for faster connectivity is shifting access to newer technologies.”

Investors Expect 2018 to be Another Solid Year for Apartment Sales

NREI – Jan. 2

“Investors bought a lot of properties as 2017 came to a close, partially making up for the year’s slow start.”

Renters Love the Gym—but Only in Theory

The Wall Street Journal – Jan. 3

“82% of respondents say an on-site fitness center is important in apartment buildings, but 42% note they rarely or never use those facilities.”


ALEX Chatter’s Top 10 Posts from 2017

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.