News & Trends

This department of Rental Housing Journal is dedicating to keeping apartment owners, multifamily executives, real estate investors, landlords and other real estate professionals up to date with the latest trends in real estate, property management and more. Here you will find trends in rents, real estate sales, apartment development, the economy at large and property management and investing industry matters.

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Thu
07
Nov
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The Multifamily Footprint in The United States in 2013

By: by John Wilhoit Jr.

Thu
31
Oct
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: DEAD OR ALIVE

DEAD OR ALIVE Sales activity is lower this year in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Some market areas seem dead, relatively speaking. But other areas are alive; alive with more sales activity than normal. Let’s take a look.

Tue
22
Oct
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Apartment Markets Retreat in Third Quarter NMHC Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C.—All four indexes of the National Multi Housing Council’s (NMHC) October Survey of Apartment Market Conditions dipped below 50 for the first time since July 2009. Market Tightness (46), Sales Volume (46), Equity Financing (39) and Debt Financing (41) all indicated declining conditions from the previous quarter.

“After four years of almost continuous improvement across all indicators, apartment markets have taken a small step back,” said Mark Obrinsky, NMHC’s Vice President of Research and Chief Economist. “Conditions cannot continue to improve indefinitely and new development is at least somewhat constrained by available capital—though more on the equity than the debt side. Even so, both the Market Tightness and Sales Volume Index are within hailing distance of the breakeven level and the Debt Financing Index rose despite some rise in interest rates. This bodes well for the apartment industry going forward.”

Key findings include:

Thu
17
Oct
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: THE TRUTH ABOUT APARTMENT RENTS

There are two things to pay careful attention to when looking at rent trends if you don’t want to be misled. One is the impact of new construction on rent trends. With so much new construction scheduled to open in the next three years, this will have a bigger impact on trends than we've seen in decades. The other issue is, well you'll have to watch the video to find out.

Wed
02
Oct
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: WHAT’S DRIVING APARTMENT PRICE HIGHER? PART 2

Last week we discussed how falling mortgage rates helped push capitalization rates lower and how that change accounted for a lot of the price increase investors have enjoyed over the past dozen years. But we also ended that video/article saying that cap rate movement does not only depend on changes in mortgage rates. So let's look at another important factor influencing cap rates right after we do a quick recap.

Wed
18
Sep
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New Third Quarter Data Predicts Home Prices and Rents to Increase Rapidly as Local Economies Improve

- Top Ten list favors the South and Southwest, includes two Midwest markets and offers up no markets from New England. - Markets in the Top Ten listing had strong job growth and home appreciation price, yet still undervalued by at least 15 percent. DALLAS, September 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeVestors, also known as the "We Buy Ugly Houses®"company, and Local Market Monitor , the national real estate forecaster, today released a ranking of U.S. markets for the third quarter of 2013 that projects that investing in single family homes as rental properties remains a good bet, even as home prices continue to rise. Since 2011, HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor (LMM) have been providing quarterly rankings for 300 U.S. markets based on the level of risk each market presents to real estate investors. The ratings concentrate on factors that affect the demand for housing and therefore affect home prices.

Wed
18
Sep
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: IN-MIGRATION FUELS DEMAND

In-migration appears to be accelerating in the Puget Sound region this year. That matters because more people moving here creates more demand for housing, particularly apartments. Here’s a quick look at monthly trends in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Thurston counties.

Fri
06
Sep
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Improving Markets List Includes 247 Metros in August

A total of 247 metropolitan areas across 49 states and the District of Columbia qualified for inclusion on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for August, released today. While this is eight metros shy of the number listed on the IMI in July, it is approximately three times the number of metros that qualified for the list in August of 2012.

The IMI identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. Three new markets were added to the list and 11 dropped from it in August. Newly added metros this month include Kankakee, Ill., along with Atlantic City and Ocean City, N.J.

Tue
03
Sep
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Development Trends

DEVELOPMENT TRENDS The party has been going on for almost a year and there are no signs it's stopping anytime soon. We have updated information this week on more than 200 apartment projects that are under construction or in the planning phase, so we wanted to share some preliminary results.

Sun
07
Jul
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Honey, I Shrunk The Apartment

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE APARTMENT

Apartments are getting smaller again. The average unit size increased
dramatically in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. But developers are modifying design
ideas from the 1920s and 1950s to make smaller apartments work once again.
Costs to consumers as well as developers may be driving this trend. But
other factors are at work right now to make this trend work better than it
ever did.

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