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  • Home prices accelerate nationally as owners stay longer

    The pace of rising home prices quickened in September and existing home sales ticked up 1.9 percent.

  • Zumper: U.S. rent price growth slows in December

    In December, the majority of the nation’s rental prices either declined or remained relatively flat during the month, Zumper said in its National Rent Report.

  • Freddie Mac: Here’s what to expect from the housing market in 2020 and beyond

    Just over a year ago, mortgage rates nearly hit 5%, levels that hadn’t been seen since the early part of this decade. But as we get ready to move into a new decade, mortgage rates are more than a full percentage point lower than that, comfortably back in the 3-4% range.

  • The Hottest Rising 18-Hour City? It’s in the Southeast

    In the U.S., 24-hour cities—the cities that essentially are up all night—translate mainly to the coastal gateway cities: Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, 18-hour cities are often the markets with above-average urban population growth, plus a lower cost of living and lower cost of doing business relative to 24-hour cities. The poster children for this emerging class of up-and-comers have been cities like Denver, Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tenn.

  • Apartment Sector Likely to Experience Continued Rent Growth, Albeit at a Slower Pace

    Apartment rents are likely to keep rising, even if the economy continues to slow over the next year, according to industry experts.

  • More than 300,000 new residents are moving to Florida every year

    Florida will continue growing by more than 300,000 people a year and will top 22 million residents in 2022, according to a report posted online this week by state economists.

  • Foreign Investors Ramp Up Multifamily Acquisitions

    Foreign investors continue to spend money on apartment properties in the U.S., even while they may be slowing down on purchases of assets in other sectors. In the second quarter, cross-border investors became net sellers of U.S. commercial real estate overall for the first time in seven years, according to Jim Costello, senior vice president with research firm Real Capital Analytics (RCA).

  • Freddie, Fannie Offer More Competitive Loan Terms After Re-Set Lending Caps

    Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae lenders are once again fighting hard to make deals.

  • RentCafé: Average U.S. rent declines for first time in 2 years

    America’s rental prices declined in September, as RentCafé indicates the nation’s average rent fell by $1 – the first decrease since 2017.

  • U.S. foreclosure rate drops to 20-year low

    The U.S. foreclosure rate fell to the lowest level in two decades in July as a strong labor market made it easier for Americans to pay their bills.

  • U.S. unemployment rate falls to 50-year low of 3.5%

    The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a 50-year low of 3.5% in September as the economy added 136,000 jobs, slowing from August’s upwardly revised 168,000 gain, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Life insurance companies to fuel multifamily surge in 2020

    Life insurance companies are set to create a surge in multifamily lending in 2020, according to a new study from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

  • Multifamily Investors, Spooked by Tougher Laws, Are Pushing Cap Rates Higher in Markets with Rent Control

    Investors are starting to pay less for apartment properties in markets that have some kind of rent regulation laws on the books.

  • There are precious few places in America where the average worker can afford a median-priced home

    Homeownership is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve — and a new report shows that relief isn’t coming any time soon.

  • Foreign Investors Ramp Up Multifamily Acquisitions

    Foreign investors continue to spend money on apartment properties in the U.S., even while they may be slowing down on purchases of assets in other sectors. In the second quarter, cross-border investors became net sellers of U.S. commercial real estate overall for the first time in seven years, according to Jim Costello, senior vice president with research firm Real Capital Analytics (RCA).

  • Zumper National Rent Report: September 2019

    The top 3 markets all saw dips in rent prices last month as New York City fell from its 3 year high and San Francisco continued its downward trend. The rankings for the top 10 saw some movement in the middle and bottom, as Washington D.C moved up to become 6th, pushing Los Angeles down to 7th, and San Diego and Anaheim move into the top cities, both tied as 10th. Oakland also had a large 5.2% monthly one bedroom rental growth rate but remained firmly as 4th.

  • Apartment supply exceeds demand in only 3 U.S. markets

    The nation's 150 major apartment markets have seen approximately 2 million new apartments built since 2010, but there's a problem. The number of renters in those cities have increased by about 2.5 million in that same time period. And with renting an apartment becoming more popular than it has in 20 years, that leads to many markets were demand exceeds supply.

  • Fed almost certain to cut rates in September

    The Federal Reserve is expected to cut rates once again when the Federal Open Markets Committee meets in September.

  • Americans are trying to get Denmark's negative-interest mortgages

    Two weeks ago Jyske Bank, Denmark’s third-largest bank, shocked the world by offering mortgages with a negative interest rate. Put simply, the bank would effectively pay customers to borrow money. It’s a bit more complicated than that, however, as borrowers have to pay fees that offset the savings.

  • Here are the best markets for real estate

    Which cities are the best real estate markets and which are the worst? If you're a real estate agent, real estate investor, homeowner, homebuyer, or considering moving, you'll likely want to know the answer to that question.

  • Apartment construction is slowing down, even as occupancy reaches an all-time high

    Although multifamily occupancy rates keep climbing, with apartment occupancy rates in July reaching the highest level since 2000, multifamily construction is slowing.

  • Is Multifamily Overbuilding?

    This decade, more than 2 million new multifamily units have been added across the US. In terms of raw numbers, this volume hasn’t been seen since the 2.4 million new units introduced in the 1980’s. However, if we consider annual new units as a percent of existing capacity, the annual average of 2% for this decade falls well short of the 5% average from the 1980’s.

  • Construction Labor Shortages Are Forcing Rent Growth at Class-A Apartment Buildings

    Delayed multifamily project completions are putting upward pressure on rent growth at new class-A buildings, according to data from research firm the CoStar Group.

  • America's rental market heats up as its housing market takes a breather

    Although the housing market continues to experience a slowdown in home price appreciation, new data from Zillow suggests the nation’s rental market is thriving.

  • Freddie Mac: It will be another banner year in multifamily

    It looks like the multifamily sector is set to have another strong year thanks to a combination of factors that will fuel demand for rental housing.

  • Main yield curve inverts as 2-year yield tops 10-year rate, triggering recession warning

    The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note broke below the 2-year rate early Wednesday, an odd bond market phenomenon that has been a reliable, albeit early, indicator for economic recessions.

  • Homeowners in these markets are seeing their property values decline

    In the next year, 5% of U.S. markets are predicted to depreciate, with Louisiana holding on to its title as the state with the most depreciating markets, claiming four of the 10 spots on the bottom market list.

  • Fed cuts rate by a quarter point, cities ‘Global Developments,’ ‘Muted Inflation’

    The Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark rate by a quarter point Wednesday as an insurance policy not against what’s wrong with the economy now, but what could go wrong in the future. It was the first rate cut by the central bank in more than a decade.

  • Zumper National Rent Report: July 2019

    San Francisco one bedroom rent hit another peak, up $20 to $3,720, as summer moving demand starts to drive up prices in this city. New York City one bedroom rent, on the other hand, took a slight dip after hitting its 3 year peak in our last rent report. 

  • Apartment rental demand soars as more millennials believe it’s cheaper than owning a home

    In the D.C. suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland, a massive apartment rental and condominium complex is going up, and apparently it can’t happen fast enough. Demand for rental apartments in and near cities across America is soaring, just when most thought it wouldn’t be. The expectation was that rental demand would fall as millennials aged into their homebuying years.

  • Strong job growth is back: Payrolls jump in June well above expectations

    Payroll growth rebounded sharply in June as the U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs, the best gain since January and running contrary to worries that both the employment picture and overall growth picture were beginning to weaken. The unemployment rate edged up to 3.7% as labor force participation rose, according to the Labor Department.

  • Parking it

    REITs and developers following in the footsteps of Sam Zell’s Equity LifeStyle Properties are eager to acquire mobile home parks for their reliable income and development possibilities — but mom-and-pop owners rarely want to part with their holdings.

  • When It Comes to the Nation's Top Markets for Apartment Construction, No One Messes With Texas

    Texas residents will tell you it gets hot temperature wise, but apartment construction activity across the Lone Star State may generating even more heat, thanks to its blistering job growth and competitive cost of living. Particularly, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has been the consistent leader in terms of overall apartment construction volume in the United States.

  • Lower Interest Rates Should Drive More Acquisitions in the Multifamily Sector

    Borrowers have an unexpected second chance to get low-interest financing to buy or re-finance apartment properties, thanks to growing worries about the slowing U.S. economy.

  • Dueling polls on Fed's next move suggest the safe bet is a July rate cut

    Traders in futures markets have signaled a 22.5% probability of a rate cut at the FOMC's June 18-19 meeting and an 86% chance of a cut at or before its July 30-31 meeting, according to CME Group. 

  • Real State Executives continue to feel optimistic about the industry's outlook, New Survey Finds

    A survey conducted by law firm Akerman LLP found 70 percent of respondents felt “more optimistic” about real estate in 2019 than last year.

  • U.S. Occupancy Surges to Highest Level in Nearly Two Decades

    Strong leasing activity in this young summer season has pushed occupancy to a level the nation’s apartment market hasn’t seen since the tail end of the tech boom in the early 2000s.

  • Consumer sentiment in May jumps to 15-year high

    The numbers: The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index in May climbed to a reading of 102.4, a 15-year high, from April’s reading of 97.2. Economists polled by MarketWatch expected a reading of 97.1.

  • Slowdown in U.S. Housing Market Is Helping Landlords Raise Rents

    (Bloomberg)—The U.S. housing slowdown is turning out to be a gift to apartment landlords. After all, those people who aren’t buying still need somewhere to live.

    Data from Zillow released Thursday shows that home-price appreciation continued to slow in April from a year earlier, driven in part by softening West Coast metros like San Jose and Seattle. The company also reported the first nationwide monthly price dip in more than seven years -- albeit just 0.1%. At the same time, rent growth accelerated, climbing by 2.6% on an annual basis, after a lull in 2018.

  • As Southeastern Cities Experience Strong Job Growth, They Are Also Seeing a Rising Demand for New Apartments

    “The Southeast’s major metros have posted terrific apartment sector performance during this cycle,” says Greg Willett, chief economist for RealPage Inc., a provider of property management software and services based in Richardson, Texas. “Investment returns have rivaled the results generated in traditionally favored gateway markets, without the volatility sometimes seen in this part of the country during the past.”

  • This is where Millennials want to live

    A recent report from the National Association of Realtors reveals that Millennial homeownership migration is primarily motivated by market affordability and strong job prospects.  The report analyzed the employment gains, population trends, income levels and housing conditions of 100 of the largest metropolitan statistical areas in the nation.

  • U.S. economy rebounds, exceeding market expectations

    Gross Domestic Product reversed its course in in the first quarter of 2019, according to the advanced estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.Real GDP increased at an annual rate of 3.2% in the first quarter, compared with a gain of 2.2% in the prior three months, according to the advanced estimate.  It was the first acceleration of growth since mid-2018.

  • U.S. home-sale prices experience first annual decrease in 7 years

    In March, the nation’s home-sale prices remained virtually stagnant, inching backward only 0.1% from 2018 levels, according to new data from Redfin.This means U.S. home-sale prices reached a median of $295,000 in March, marking the first year-over-year price decrease on record since February 2012.

  • Demand for Workforce Housing to Remain Strong in 2019

    Experts say the low unemployment rate will drive more housing formation, and create more demand for workforce housing.

  • U.S. Multifamily Inbound Investment Trends

    U.S. Multifamily has not historically been a common investment vehicle for global commercial real estate investors, largely due to the differences in how residential real estate is conducted around the world. 

  • The Cities with the Most Multifamily Rent Growth

    National average apartment rents continued to go up in March, rising by 3.2 percent to $1,430, according to research firm Yardi Matrix.

  • Multifamily real estate just had its best year since 2000

    By just about any way you look at it, 2018 was the best year for multifamily real estate this century: Renters paid more for housing than they ever have before, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae both had banner years, commercial and multifamily debt hit an all-time high, all while delinquencies remained at historic lows.

  • The Top 20 U.S. States People Are Moving To

    Commercial real estate investors need to stay on top of markets with strong population growth to know where their best acquisition bets may be located. 

  • Value-Add Properties Still Have Plenty of Upside to Offer Multifamily Investors

    "There is a vast amount of capital in the multifamily space targeting value-add apartment properties,” says Rick Hurd, chief investment officer for Waterton, a real estate investment and property management firm.

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