This week’s multifamily roundup offers insights on how big data is impacting multifamily, opportunity zone lending and aging Millennials’ renting preferences. First, GlobeSt.com takes a look at the benefits new data platforms can have for multifamily investors and owners, which include better understanding costs and the most popular amenities. Next, Real Capital Analytics analyzes loans originated last year for assets in Qualified Opportunity Zones, including which lender types are most active in these markets. Arbor’s Chatter blog explores how Millennials renting decisions change as they get older, with many moving out on their own or with a partner to start a family. Then, Apartment List reveals that year-over-year rent growth in April totaled 1.3% in April, down from the previous two years, according to its National Rent Report. Finally, Freddie Mac evaluates rental affordability in markets across the U.S. and identifies the cities that are most in need of affordable housing.

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 A Closer Look at the Impact of Big Data in Multifamily

GlobeSt.com – April 4, 2019

“Harnessed correctly, data can positively impact every aspect of multifamily, from acquisition through resident retention.”

Opportunity Zone Lending? Capital Is Already Active

Real Capital Analytics – April 2, 2019

“An analysis of the loans originated in 2018 for assets within QOZs shows that lenders with a broader social mandate do not dominate these areas.”

 As Millennials Age, So Do Their Renting Preferences

Arbor Chatter – April 4

“While a large share of Millennials still lives with roommates, this age group is beginning to move out on their own or starting families as they age.”

 Apartment List National Rent Report

Apartment List – April 1, 2019

“Phoenix and nearby Mesa, AZ, top our list for the nation’s fastest rent growth, with both cities experiencing year-over-year increases of 3.7%.”

Assessing Rental Burden in Metropolitan Areas

Freddie Mac – April 3, 2019

“Supply just hasn’t kept pace with demand in many metros, and that’s pushing affordable rents out of reach for millions of American families.”