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From sea to shining sea

The winners of top honors in the National Association of Home Builders’ 2019 Pillars of the Industry competition are providing new housing for military...

Regaining our power of persuasion

I’m just back from the Balkans. It takes traveling to the genesis of the word balkanize to understand true division. To the naked eye,...

Where have all the apartments gone?

Long time ago. When will they ever learn? The way government regulates and taxes business and transactions directly shapes investment. Good regulation addresses market failures that...

ISAs set to transform the labor market

Income share agreement (ISAs) fund education. Upon completion, learners pay a percentage of their salary for a term. Lenders correlate interest rate and pay-back period...

The vanishing apartment

The affordability crisis is creeping up into middle-income households according to Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies’ 2020 report, America’s Rental Housing. 48% of renter...

Multifamily faces a packed development pipeline

Apartment developers have not been shy about bringing new product to market in recent years. And early indications are that 2020 will be another...

The power of bad

Every so often, you encounter academic research that snaps into place a whole bunch of tensions, issues, and problems that you’ve noticed but haven’t...

Leverage quality leads during high occupancy

With apartment occupancy rates at the highest level in 20 years, averaging more than 96 percent across the country, prospective renters often struggle to...

Renters are richer, older, and have larger households

It’s a perfect storm for raising rental costs: low vacancy rates not seen in decades, an influx of high-income renters, constraints on building new...

Workforce rentals CRE’s ‘darling’

As the U.S. economy continues its longest-ever expansion, the labor market is making history, as well, with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years....

What do updated Opportunity Zone Fund rules mean for investors?

The journey to codify all of the rules around Opportunity Zones has been two years in the making but finally reached its conclusion with...

What keeps MF investment pros up at night?

Berkadia surveys its mortgage banking and investment sales experts every year to see what issues are at the top of their minds. It also...

Unlocking the value of historic buildings

New modern, luxury urban apartment buildings sometimes can have a cookie-cutter feel (at least the ones that aren’t soaring to ever-greater heights). That’s why...

What markets are good bets for multifamily investments in 2020?

As high-net-worth (HNW) investors and family offices mull this year’s opportunities in commercial real estate, they might want to keep the multifamily mantra in...

It pays to be yourself

Whether it’s trying to land a new job or a new deal or client, we often focus on making a good initial impression on...

Demographic shifts in the workforce will make winners and losers

By 2030, approximately 693 million baby boomers will have reached retirement age. Meanwhile, nearly twice as many members of Generation Z—1.3 billion—will join the...

What short-term rental lessons can be learned?

The last decade might well be defined as the sharing economy decade. And, leading the pack are short-term rentals. Houston-based Dunyha founder Tanvir Aman...

Multifamily investment stumbles in NYC in 2019

Low vacancy rate. Burgeoning population. Expensive real estate. The Big Apple’s multifamily market has always been the champion compared to the rest of the...

Multifamily can help the affordability crisis

Freddie Mac’s mission is stability and liquidity for the housing market. As such, it is one of the biggest players in the country, keeping...

Household formation to fuel multifamily in 2020

Apartment production has returned to pre-recession levels and vacancies are low, but more new apartment homes are needed, according to experts participating in a...

Rent control is illegal

New York City recently implemented its far-reaching Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. That law enacted extensive amendments, all plaintiff protective, to...

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