Real Estate Investing Insights

Exclusive Research: Investor Outlook Remains Stable for the Office Sector

Despite the overall consensus that commercial real estate is in the late stages of its current cycle, investors in the office sector continue to see strength in the sector. Expectations for rents and occupancies remain bullish. And while there is a general sense that cap rates will rise, respondents overall remain optimistic about the prospects […]

Retail’s Ruinous Run

Retail real estate’s troubles in recent years have been well-documented. Online sales continue to eat away at brick-and-mortar activity. Many chains are struggling, forced to scale back on stores or go out of business entirely. The results from NREI’s fourth retail real estate survey reveal that the outlook from retail operators, investors and developers continues […]

How Lease Agreements Can Protect Against Risk in Single-Tenant Office Assets

Single-tenant office buildings present a greater risk for loan default than multitenant assets because the sole income stream is dependent on one tenant. But there’s advice experts can offer borrowers on structuring leases to help protect their interests if something goes wrong. In recent years, there has been a rush by investors to acquire single-tenant […]

Value-Add Multifamily Investors Benefit from GSE Green Financing

Apartment investors have been taking advantage of low interest loans through the “green financing” programs offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “About 40 percent of our Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac business is green,” says Kyle Draeger senior managing director in the multifamily division of real estate services firm CBRE. The loans have proven […]

Marketing to Multiple Generations

Millennials, Millennials, Millennials. Peruse some industry trades or attend a multifamily conference, and you might get the impression that the renting population consists entirely of this generation. The focus on Millennials in multifamily is certainly understandable. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2015 Millennials became the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. Furthermore, they […]

Overcoming Common Rezoning Roadblocks in Tampa Bay

Development in the Tampa Bay region is still booming. Local governments are struggling to keep pace with the influx of development activity. Land inventory is low and market demand is high. This is causing a renewed interest in rezoning property of all types, across the spectrum of uses throughout the region. In the urban areas […]

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Continue to Dominate Apartment Lending

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae lenders are providing the overwhelming majority of permanent loans to apartment properties. “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are probably still the premiere lenders for leveraged apartment buyers,” says Mark Isaacson, co-founder of Redwood Capital Group, a real estate investment management firm focused on the multifamily sector. “Both are very competitive […]

Apartment Occupancy Rate Remains Strong, Though Down from its Peak

Developers opened a tremendous number of new apartment units in 2017. But the percentage of apartments that are occupied has barely shifted, despite competition for potential residents. Rents continue to grow in most markets. That’s good news as multifamily developers look forward to another busy year in 2018 with even more new apartment properties scheduled […]

Demand, Supply Still Sky High in Miami

The city’s multifamily market displays solid fundamentals and a diverse economic profile, although it remains challenged by a substantial amount of new supply. Miami’s multifamily market is heading into a healthy 2018. It displays solid fundamentals and a diverse economic profile, although it remains challenged by a substantial amount of new supply. While rent growth […]

Economy Watch: Most Metros Enjoying Lower Unemployment Than a Year Ago

Unemployment rates were lower in February than a year earlier in 319 of the 388 U.S. metro areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly concurrent with the national employment report released late last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that unemployment rates were lower in February than a year earlier in […]

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