This week’s collection of top multifamily news features a good mix of stats and trends pertinent to smart apartment investing. To start, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports that commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations increased 21% from a year ago, and by 8% from the second quarter. Next, Property Manager Insider investigates the simplistic amenities that renters continue to rank above all else. Arbor’s ALEX Chatter delves into why more renters are opting out of driving, and the new commute trends that are predicted to replace cars. National Multifamily Housing Council uncovers the new innovation shifts entering the multifamily landscape and how apartment firms can best prepare for the impending changes. Finally, Fannie Mae discloses how their unique products and financing techniques allow them to remain a leader in the Senior Housing sector.

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Commercial/Multifamily Borrowing Up 8% from 2Q, 21% from Year Ago

Mortgage Bankers Association – Nov. 9

“The MBA Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations said a rise in originations for hotel and health care properties led the overall increase in commercial/multifamily lending volumes.”

NMHC/Kingsley Report: Renters Prefer the Basics in Amenities

Property Management Insider – Nov. 6

“The 2017 National Multifamily Housing Council/Kingsley Renter Preference Report unveiled in October suggests apartment residents around the country have some very distinct favorites that don’t necessarily jive with where they live.”

Renter Commute Trends: Growth in Cycling, Walking Outpace Driving

ALEX Chatter – Nov. 06

“Autonomous vehicle (AV) and ride-share technology have the potential to fundamentally alter the relationship between work and housing locations. But what does today’s commute look like for apartment renters?”

Innovation Shifts into High Gear in Multifamily

NMHC – Nov. 2

“Think machine learning, virtual reality, blockchain and much more. According to participants at the Innovation Town Hall at the 2017 NMHC OPTECH Conference & Exposition, “watch out” sums up the operating environment for the next 18 to 24 months.”

Fannie Mae Finances Record Volume of Nearly $4 Billion in Multifamily Seniors Housing through Third Quarter of 2017

Fannie Mae – Nov. 7

“The unique DUS risk-sharing platform has provided pricing transparency and risk alignment to borrowers, lenders, and investors for nearly 30 years.”