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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Dupre & Scott Video Report: DIGGING UP SUBMARKET SALE TRENDS

DIGGING UP SUBMARKET SALE TRENDS We talk about Seattle trends in these videos a lot. That’s because there are more sales in Seattle making it easier to spot trends. But there are some interesting sales trends in other submarkets, so we dug around in the cellar archives to find some trends to discuss today. Let’s take a quick look at them.

Fri
23
May
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Portland: Multifamily Housing Update 4Q13 April 2014

4Q13 Payroll Trends and Forecast

Thu
22
May
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: WHO GETS QUANTITY DISCOUNTS?

A couple of weeks ago we looked at rent trends for smaller properties compared to larger properties and found some interesting trends that surprised a lot of people. If you want to check it out, the video is called "Sometimes mom-and-pop's pop." But that video also generated more questions, particularly about sales performance. So here's a look at sales trends based on property size.

Wed
21
May
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Seattle: Market Strengthens; 46,755 Units in the Pipeline

Seattle - Latest quarterly Apartment Insights survey shows rents up 1.6%, vacancies down .25%, and 46,755 units in the new construction pipeline according to Tom Cain of Apartment Insights. The data are from his Seattle firm’s 1st quarter statistics and trends on 50+ unit properties in the King/Snohomish market. VACANCY: 4.38% The vacancy rate for our nonrandom survey of conventional, stabilized 50u+ properties in the King/Snohomish market is 4.38%. This is virtually the same rate of six months ago, and an improvement from the 4.63% in the fourth quarter. A year ago it stood at 4.58%. The overall vacancy rate which includes properties in lease-up and out-of-service increased from 6.15% to 6.24%. King County has a vacancy rate of 4.38%, the same as the overall rate. Snohomish County is at 4.35%. This is a tad lower than the overall rate, but not low enough to affect it because only about 20% of the properties are in Snohomish County.

Wed
21
May
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Colorado: 1st Quarter 2014 Apartment Sales Report

Commonwealth’s 1st Quarter 2014 Apartment Sales Report By: Ron Spraggins, CCIM Founder & CEO of Commonwealth Colorado’s Oldest Apartment Firm Commonwealth, Colorado’s Oldest Apartment firm, recently released their 1st Quarter 2014 Apart-ment Sales Report for Colorado Springs. The report includes all sales of complexes above 30 units from January thru March plus sales data from 1990 thru present. There were only two sales above 30 units during the first quarter of 2014 compared to 4 sales during the same period in 2013. Sales Volume: Total sales volume for the 1st Quarter of 2014 was $9,520,000. Sales volume in 2013 for the same pe-riod was $8,982,000. There were 136 total units closed for the quarter compared to 248 units closed in this period in 2013. There were 20 total market sales in 2013, 2012 had 19 sales compared to 11 sales for 2011 and 8 total sales in 2010. There were 19 total sales in 2008 and 22 sales in 2007. Class A: No sales.

Wed
21
May
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: QUALITY OF LIFE VS. STICKER SHOCK

QUALITY OF LIFE VS. STICKER SHOCK Year-to-date migration into the region is up almost 20% this year compared to last year. A total of just over 33,000 people moved here between January and April. Even if half as many moved out, that still means there are 16,500 more people lining up at Starbucks every morning.

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04
May
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Sometimes mom-and-pops pop!

Sometimes mom-and-pop’s pop We get a lot of questions about how property size or type might affect rent trends. Some investors think that rent performance in single-family, multiplexes, small apartments and on up to very large complexes trends differently. We just finished our spring research on rents for all of these property types, so let’s take a look.

Mon
28
Apr
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: WHAT ARE SALES SAYING?

Let's take a look at apartment sales activity in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties to see what it can tell us about the health of our market right now and investor attitudes. We've got the first quarter under our belt now, so recent trends should be pretty informative.

Thu
17
Apr
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: IS NEW FOR YOU & OLD IS THROUGH?

IS NEW FOR YOU & OLD IS THROUGH? New construction has been the hot topic for everyone in the Puget Sound region lately. And for good reason. And we’ve talked a lot about it. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore another important part of the market, properties built in the 1980s and 1990s. That time period frames the last huge building boom we’ve had in our region. And just because new is exciting, doesn’t mean old can’t be exciting too. If you need proof, just look at Elizabeth here, a 1913 model T. She is old. But she is a gem.

Wed
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Apr
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: SIT DOWN & HOLD ON

We were very disappointed by the Academy of Country Music Awards show last Sunday. What a whipsaw year so far. First we were thrilled when four of the nine movies nominated for best picture at the Oscars were specifically about apartment trends in the Puget Sound region. But it was a huge letdown when we saw that none of the country music nominations had anything to do with apartments. Even worse, Toby Keith wasn’t even nominated for his brilliant discussion about Seattle development trends in his song.

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