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When Will Building New Units Make Sense Again? Apartment Developers Remain Uncertain
News 2 weeks ago
When Will Building New Units Make Sense Again? Apartment Developers Remain Uncertain

Developers will likely delay starting new apartment projects until they see strong employment growth. Some lucky multifamily developers will start...

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Moving Across Country During a Pandemic
News 3 weeks ago
Moving Across Country During a Pandemic

One of our contributing writers had to take a trip across the country in early June. Here are the changes she witnessed at hotels, stores and...

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As They Scour Acquisition Opportunities, Which Assets Are High-Net-Worth Investors Favoring?
News 4 weeks ago
As They Scour Acquisition Opportunities, Which Assets Are High-Net-Worth Investors Favoring?

Warehouses are definitely in demand among family offices and HNWIs. But some other property sectors also look promising. As high-net-worth...

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Affordable Housing Developers Remain Eager to Build New Projects
News 1 month ago
Affordable Housing Developers Remain Eager to Build New Projects

Affordable housing projects continued to move forward in many areas in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, although some obstacles have emerged. The...

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Seven CRE Economists Offer Their Advice and Predictions for the Sector
News 1 month ago
Seven CRE Economists Offer Their Advice and Predictions for the Sector

While there are still a lot of unknowns about how the pandemic will play out, we talked to seven commercial real estate economists about their...

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Apartment Investors Wait on the Sidelines
News 1 month ago
Apartment Investors Wait on the Sidelines

Multifamily investors want to buy properties, but are waiting for clarity on price discovery before pulling the trigger on deals. It may be months...

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E-Commerce Deliveries Are More Common Than Ever. How Can Apartment Managers Handle Them Safely and Efficiently?
News 1 month ago
E-Commerce Deliveries Are More Common Than Ever. How Can Apartment Managers Handle Them Safely and Efficiently?

With a massively ramped up volume of online orders, handling package deliveries has become a priority for property managers. One of the biggest...

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Why Multifamily Rents are Holding Up Better than Expected
News 1 month ago
Why Multifamily Rents are Holding Up Better than Expected

A feared collapse in apartment rent collections amid the COVID-19 shutdowns has failed to materialize. But can that streak last? Despite mass...

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Multifamily Owners Go Virtual to Get Leases Signed Amid COVID-19
News 1 month ago
Multifamily Owners Go Virtual to Get Leases Signed Amid COVID-19

New technologies let apartments shoppers to check out potential homes without ever being in the presence of a leasing agent. Virtual and augmented...

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Lease Insurance Could Come into Play Amid COVID Crisis
News 2 months ago
Lease Insurance Could Come into Play Amid COVID Crisis

More than 26 million people have filed for unemployment in the five weeks since cities and state began to order non-essential businesses to close....

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Rental Insurance Could Come into Play Amid COVID Crisis
News 2 months ago
Rental Insurance Could Come into Play Amid COVID Crisis

More than 26 million people have filed for unemployment in the five weeks since cities and state began to order non-essential businesses to close....

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Manhattan Homebuyers Rewriting the Rules on Deals in Virus Era
News 2 months ago
Manhattan Homebuyers Rewriting the Rules on Deals in Virus Era

Potential buyers are making low ball offers and asking for clauses to let them back out of purchases. (Bloomberg)—Manhattan homebuyers were already...

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The Outlook for Class-C Apartments Is Muddied by Tenants' Loss of Income
News 2 months ago
The Outlook for Class-C Apartments Is Muddied by Tenants' Loss of Income

While many tenants were able to pay rent in April, continuing shutdowns mean more federal assistance might be necessary to help workers forced to...

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New Multifamily Projects Struggle to Land Tenants Amid Frozen Economy
News 2 months ago
New Multifamily Projects Struggle to Land Tenants Amid Frozen Economy

The question for developers now is how many of those units will actually come online and how quickly new units will be filled. The economic...

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Mnuchin Offers Reassurances on Stability of Mortgage Market
News 2 months ago
Mnuchin Offers Reassurances on Stability of Mortgage Market

The problems faced by mortgage servicers have been highlighted in recent weeks. (Bloomberg)—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered reassurances...

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Operating Multifamily Properties in a Time of No Evictions
News 2 months ago
Operating Multifamily Properties in a Time of No Evictions

Most property managers are working with tenants on payment plans or other relief measures, but have concerns about abilities to cover costs and pay...

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Mortgage Borrowers Stop Making Payments with Economy Shut
News 2 months ago
Mortgage Borrowers Stop Making Payments with Economy Shut

The percentage of loans in forbearance grew to 2.66 percent as of April 1, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. (Bloomberg)—The number of...

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The COVID-19 Economic Shutdown is Already Hitting Multifamily Rents
News 3 months ago
The COVID-19 Economic Shutdown is Already Hitting Multifamily Rents

March is usually a big month for multifamily rents. This year rent acceleration slowed and experts expect worse metrics in April. The average rents...

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Do Recent Interest Rates Cuts Portend a Refi Windfall? Maybe Not
News 3 months ago
Do Recent Interest Rates Cuts Portend a Refi Windfall? Maybe Not

Banks, life insurance companies and the GSEs are still quoting deals on a selective basis, although spreads are higher and leverage is lower....

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Mortgage Servicers at Risk If Virus Persists, FHFA Chief Says
News 3 months ago
Mortgage Servicers at Risk If Virus Persists, FHFA Chief Says

Unless things improve within the next two months, there will be a lot of stress on non-bank mortgage servicers. (Bloomberg)—Nonbank mortgage...

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FHFA to Offer Multifamily Owners Forbearance to Help Prevent Evictions
News 3 months ago
FHFA to Offer Multifamily Owners Forbearance to Help Prevent Evictions

The eviction suspensions are in place for the entire duration of time that a property owner remains in forbearance. The Federal Housing Finance...

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Coronavirus Fuels Indecision Among Multifamily Investors
News 3 months ago
Coronavirus Fuels Indecision Among Multifamily Investors

If activity in Asia is any guide, expect a short-term dip in volume with a cautious recovery as the rate of infection slows. What a difference a...

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Global Uncertainties Add to Multifamily’s Investment Appeal
News 3 months ago
Global Uncertainties Add to Multifamily’s Investment Appeal

The apartment sector's advantages include stability, flexibility and diversification. Global financial markets are reeling from the drastic steps...

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Looking at HUD’s New Financing Opportunity for Multifamily Investors
News 4 months ago
Looking at HUD’s New Financing Opportunity for Multifamily Investors

HUD has permanently relaxed its three-year rule for Section 223(f) mortgage refinancing applications. On March 2nd, HUD relaxed its three-year rule...

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Amenity-Rich Lobbies are Becoming a Differentiator for Apartment Assets
News 4 months ago
Amenity-Rich Lobbies are Becoming a Differentiator for Apartment Assets

Developers are adding amenities like fitness centers and restaurant spaces in attempts to lure tenants. The first floors of many new apartment...

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Six Steps to Protect Your Multifamily Assets from Pet Liability
News 4 months ago
Six Steps to Protect Your Multifamily Assets from Pet Liability

More and more apartment renters have pets. Here’s what this means for property managers. As I’m sure you know, pets are a big business in the...

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