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U.S. Multifamily Inbound Investment Trends 2018

Historically, U.S. multifamily investment has not lured a lot of foreign real estate investors. But that is changing according to CBRE, a major player in investment strategies. According to a new study, inbound capital to the U.S. multifamily sector has increased significantly in recent years, with total volume from 2014 to 2018 up by 241% over the previous five-year period. And inbound capital to U.S. multifamily reached nearly $14 billion in 2018. Since 2008, the share of global capital relative to total U.S. multifamily investment volume has nearly tripled, indicating a significant shift in attitude toward investment in this asset class. Because of proximity and familiarity with the U.S.

Baby Boomers are Feasting on Single-Family Rental Homes

The stigma of not owning a home is no longer a stigma, especially for Baby Boomers who want to downsize. Many of them are growing tired of the upkeep needed for their large houses. And builders have taken note. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the number of newly built, single-family rentals was up from 37,000 in 2017 to 43,000 in 2018. And the expectation is that single-family construction will rise 6% this year. Rick Palacios Jr., director of research at John Burns Real Estate Consulting says that most of the new construction is happening in the suburbs of Southern states, stretching from Arizona through Texas and into Florida “The stigma of renting has gone away,” s

Could Rent Control Measures Be in Chicago’s Future?

Rent control is a very hot topic in Chicago. Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker wants to repeal the statewide ban on rent control, while Lori Lightfoot, the newly-elected mayor of Chicago seems to be in favor of some kind of relief for the city’s renters. The issue really took off after Oregon became the first state to enact statewide rent control. But that doesn’t mean rents were frozen in place. The law enables landlords to raise rents up to 7% (plus inflation) per year. So, if you were paying $1,000 for a single-family rental in 2019, you could be paying approximately $1,100 next year. Advocates of rent control argue that it is the most efficient way to protect poorer and working-class famil

Lack of Workers May Be Slowing U.S. Housing Construction

According to the Commerce Department, U.S. home construction slipped 0.3% in March. Even though the unemployment rate keeps dropping and consumer confidence is edging up, homebuilders are pulling back from construction of single-family houses and apartments. Why? Because, despite decreasing mortgage rates, the slow growth of income puts potential homebuyers at a disadvantage as home prices continue to climb. That fact may contribute to stalling construction starts. But the primary reason why the construction market is floundering is the lack of skilled construction workers; a problem with no answers. Read on HERE: Harold Willig is the Manager of SpringView Investment Management, LLC, which h

7 Reasons Why You Should Invest In Single-Family Rentals Now

According to the website Think Realty, now is a very good time to diversify your investment portfolio by looking into the single-family home rental market. One reason is that single-family rentals have grown steadily since the Great Recession; and this upward trend is expected to continue. Another reason? Returns on single-family rental investments are on par with the stock market, with none of the volatility. They’ve also outperformed the bond market. Reason #3: The cost of owning a home has outpaced the cost of renting. The cost of renting is far less than owning a home. Buying a residence was cheaper than renting in just 35% of the nation’s counties. The reasons are numerous; the opportun

Pending Home Sales Indicate Stronger U.S. Housing Market

Spring buying season is here and, despite some conflicting reports, it looks like the U.S. housing market is shaking off the doldrums. Pending homes sales are on the rise due, in large measure, to lower mortgage interest rates; according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, notes that “Pending home sales are a real-time barometer of the market, and what that report shows is a housing market that’s on the mend at a key time.” (You may not know this, but more than half of U.S. home sales take place between March and June/July in any given year.) According to Chris Low of FTN Financial in NYC, “The most important thing to under

Slowing Growth Plagues Chicago Home Prices

2019 is looking to be a tough year for home values in Chicago. According to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, Chicago home prices grew by a sluggish 2.2% in February; the slowest rate of growth in three years. Chicago is not alone. David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee says that nationally, "the pace of increases for home prices continues to slow.” But of the 20 metro areas surveyed, Chicago’s rate of growth only eclipsed three other cities: San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. According to the index, Chicago home values in February were 15.6% below what they were during the Great Recession. Read on HERE: Consider investing in a professionally man

Real Estate Gurus Urge Investors to Rethink Rental Housing Strategies

On a recent podcast from John Burns Real Estate Consulting, Lesley Deutch and Ken Perlman, two principals at the firm, tell real estate investors that it’s time to “reboot” their strategies. Their clarion call is based on radical changes happening in the housing rental sector. Renters today are now shifting their focus from square footage and amenities to affordability and they’re much more concerned with cost than commuting distances. More and more renters in urban areas want to move to suburban areas, either to rent or to buy. If they have kids, they are lured to the suburbs because of better schools. Couple that with a new flood of money in BFRs (Build for Rent units) and you can underst

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