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.”