This week’s multifamily roundup features insights on the top U.S. markets for rent increases, trends in the small balance multifamily investment market, and wellness-focused multifamily communities. First, Houston Chronicle notes that West Texas’ oil boom has resulted in skyrocketing rents for multifamily properties. Then, NREI explains why real estate remains a safe haven for investors, supported by strong fundamentals and economic growth. Arbor’s Chatter blog features a new report produced with Chandan Economics on the performance of small balance multifamily loans in the second quarter of 2018. Next, Mortgage Bankers Association reports that low interest rates and ample financing support second-quarter commercial and multifamily delinquencies staying at low levels. Finally, Multifamily Executive examines renters’ increasing preference for communities that make health and wellness a top priority.


Midland, Odessa Top U.S. for Rent Increases

Houston Chronicle – September 5, 2018

“The two cities, which primarily serve the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin, had the largest year-over-year changes in the nation, according to RENTCafe, an apartment search website.”

Despite Rising Interest Rates, Real Estate Offers Opportunity to Investors

NREI – September 4, 2018

“Long-term trends can—and will—affect real estate positively or negatively, but despite raucous political and economic news, real estate just continues to offer a safe harbor for clients.”

Q2 2018 Small Balance Multifamily Investment Trends Report

Arbor Chatter – September 6, 2018

“Strong economic growth, rising interest rates, and exceptionally tight labor markets contributed to small balance lending volume reaching an annualized rate of $47.0 billion through the first half of 2018.”

Second Quarter Commercial/Multifamily Delinquencies Remain at Low Levels

Mortgage Bankers Association – September 4, 2018

“Strong property fundamentals and values, coupled with low interest rates and ample financing options, all continue to support commercial real estate owners and their abilities to repay their mortgages.”

Wellness-Focused Communities Take Resident Health to Next Level

Multifamily Executive – September 4, 2018

“Renters want their apartment to provide more than a shelter they escape to in between work and play: It must make their all-around well-being its top priority.”