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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Mon
18
Nov
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: APARTMENT SALES TRENDS

APARTMENT SALES TRENDS We need to finish our conversation about why apartment sales volume is lower than expected. But to make that discussion as useful as possible, let’s first take a look at monthly investment trends over the past couple of years.

Sun
10
Nov
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US Homebuyer Demand Improves In October

Declining Competition and Low Mortgage Rates Draw Late-Season Homebuyers into the Market, Bucking Typical Seasonal Decline

SEATTLE, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage, today issued its Real-Time Demand Pulse, the only report in the industry that analyzes housing market demand based on home tour and offer data. October home tours and offers by Redfin clients were more robust than expected, compared to typical seasonal declines and following September's sharp drop in demand.
Redfin's data in October suggests that the U.S. government shutdown did impact buyer behavior. Some homebuyers paused their search during the government shutdown, but jumped back into the market immediately after it reopened.

Sun
10
Nov
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U.S. COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY REACHES INFLECTION POINT IN 2014 WITH INVESTORS RETURNING TO SECONDARY MARKETS. SAN FRANCISCO TOPS OVERALL LIST.

U.S. COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY REACHES INFLECTION POINT IN 2014 WITH INVESTORS RETURNING TO SECONDARY MARKETS, ACCORDING TO PwC US AND URBAN LAND INSTITUTE’S EMERGING TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE® FORECAST

San Francisco Once Again Top Ranked City for 2014; Industrial Sector Becomes Investor Favored Property Type; Report Highlights Potential “Best Bets” for Investors in 2014

CHICAGO, November, 7 2013 – The U.S. real estate recovery is set to continue into 2014, with investors increasingly looking beyond some of the traditionally popular markets to secondary markets in search of higher yields, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2014, co-published by PwC US and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Thu
07
Nov
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New Report From ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance Shows Continued Progress in Reducing Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report published by the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance suggests that the global real estate industry continues to make progress in improving the environmental performance of existing buildings.

Volume 4 of the Greenprint Performance Report™, which measures and tracks the performance of 3,232 buildings owned by Greenprint's members, demonstrates a year-over-year reduction of 3.2 percent in energy consumption and 3.4 percent in carbon emissions. The report finds that the reduction in carbon emissions equates to nearly 268,400 barrels of oil not consumed, 24,044 cars taken off the road, and over 2.9 million trees planted in the past 12 months. The report also found a 21.4-percent increase in recycling, and only a modest 0.5-percent increase in water consumption.   

Thu
07
Nov
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Commercial Real Estate Mending Amid Ongoing Economic, Political Uncertainty

Q3 Roundtable Survey Shows Fundamentals, Property Values Improving, But Vulnerable to Rising Interest Rates, Economic Headwinds, Looming Policy Decisions
WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Commercial real estate markets continue their gradual, uneven recovery — with investment capital beginning to flow beyond "gateway" and multifamily markets — yet industry executives remain wary about the future amid lackluster job creation; uncertainty over monetary, fiscal and terrorism insurance policy; and rising interest rates, which could lead to deceleration in the pace of property value gains, The Real Estate Roundtable's Q3 Sentiment Survey showed today.

Thu
07
Nov
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New Income and Expense Data on Federally Assisted Apartments Reported in Just-Released IREM® Benchmarking Study

Survey Includes Utility and Maintenance Costs and Other Operating Data
Operating expenses in 2012 vs. 2011 were up within a range of $.47 to $1.26 per square foot of rentable area for all types of Section 221(d)3 federally subsidized properties. In contrast, Section 8 Elderly/Handicapped housing experienced operating expense declines ranging from $0.14 to $0.99 per square foot. Depending upon building type, operating expenses for Section 202 properties as well as those in the Section 236 and Section 8 Family categories either were up (within a range of $0.30 to $2.28 per square foot) or down (within a range of $0.12 to $1.22 per square foot).

Thu
07
Nov
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Apartment and Condominium Market Gains Momentum in Second Quarter

August 29, 2013 - Production of apartments and condominiums gained momentum in the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The index increased nine points to 61, which is the highest reading since its inception in 2003.
The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condominium market on a scale of 0 to 100. The index and all of its components are scaled so that any number over 50 indicates that more respondents report conditions are improving than report conditions are getting worse.

Thu
07
Nov
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Seattle Washington Market Overview - Multifamily Housing Update 2Q13 September 2013 by RED CAPITAL GROUP®

2Q13 Payroll Trends and Forecast
Payroll job growth moderated during the spring quarter as Seattle concerns hired at a 32,900-job, 2.3% pace, down from 1Q13’s vigorous 40,900- job, 2.9% advance. The slowdown was largely attributable to weaker trends in the business service and construction sectors, which expanded at a combined 6,400-job, 2.3% rate after posting a 12,500-job, 4.7% growth surge during 1Q13.
Preliminary data for the third quarter suggest the labor market regained momentum over the summer. July and August payroll aggregates reflected 47,3000-job and 40,500-job 12-month gains, the July statistic representing the largest y-o-y advance recorded since 2007. Seasonally-adjusted data were consistent, showing a 7,300-job net increase in June and a 13,400-job gain in July.

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.

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