This week’s multifamily roundup features insights on how developers can attract Gen Z renters, the role of apartments in Millennial students’ housing decisions, and why the small-balance multifamily market is showing signs of resilience. First, HousingWire discusses a new Yardi report showing that multifamily rents are still rising nationwide, despite a continuing wave of new supply. Then, Multifamily Executive explores strategies that multifamily developers should consider to prepare for the up-and-coming Gen Z renters. Arbor’s Chatter blog takes a look at why small multifamily assets are critical to Millennial students examining their housing options. Next, CNBC explains why investors are becoming more confident in the single-family rental sector. Finally, Mortgage Bankers Association notes that valuations on properties securing small-balance multifamily loans have shown clear resilience, despite rising interest rates.


Yardi: Multifamily Rent Growth Shows No Signs of Tiring

HousingWire – September 12, 2018

“Rents are still on their way up nationwide. The industry just posted the seventh consecutive month with an all-time high average rent.”

How to Attract Gen Z Renters

Multifamily Executive – September 10, 2018

“As the country’s largest generation, millennials currently dominate the rental market. But the cohort behind them will soon begin to make up a significant portion of those looking for an apartment.”

For Millennial Students, Small Apartment Shares Provide First Step to Independent Living

Arbor Chatter – September 12, 2018

“While an overwhelming share of Millennials enrolled in degree programs continue to live with their families, living off-campus in apartment building shares can provide a smoother path toward independent living.”

Investors Finally Embrace Big Single-Family Rental Companies a Decade after the Financial Crisis

CNBC – September 11, 2018

“The single-family rental market is very healthy right now. The demand versus supply balance and the operating outlook for revenue growth over these coming years is more favorable versus most property types.”

Small-Balance Market Shows Resilience

Mortgage Bankers Association – September 10, 2018

“As the macroeconomic and real estate cycles lengthen, the [small-balance] multifamily sector is generally expected to outperform other property types, both in terms of liquidity and the stability of operating fundamentals.”