Friday, March 16, 2018

February Rent Growth Hits Record Low via Multi-Housing News Online

U.S. multifamily rents barely changed within the last 30 days, according to Yardi Matrix’s monthly survey of 121 markets. Rents rose $1 to $1,364, an increase of 2.7 percent year-over-year through February. Down 10 basis points from the previous month, February’s growth was the weakest seasonal gain since the recovery started. According to the report, its been seven years since rents had increased any less than the current amount.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

U.S. Has Gap of Over 7.2 Million Affordable and Available Rental Homes via Housing Finance Magazine

The nation has a staggering shortage of 7.2 million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income (ELI) renter households, those with incomes at or below the poverty level or 30% of their area median income, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).

The organization’s new report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, calls for expanding investments in affordable housing programs that serve those with the lowest incomes.

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Uncertainty is Taking a Toll on the EB-5 Program via National Real Estate Investor

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor program is approaching yet another critical extension deadline. If Congress sticks to its recent pattern, it is likely to make an 11th hour move to approve a short-term extension while it continues to negotiate reforms to the program. Yet that strategy of kicking the can down the road may be putting the program in jeopardy.

“Over the last few years, the EB-5 program has been plagued by these very short-term renewals,” says Jim Butler, chairman, global hospitality group, at the law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP in Los Angeles. “That creates a lot of uncertainty and makes it very difficult for all the players in the industry to know what’s a sound move,” he adds.

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Apartment Occupancy Rate Remains Strong, Though Down from its Peak via National Real Estate Investor

Developers opened a tremendous number of new apartment units in 2017. But the percentage of apartments that are occupied has barely shifted, despite competition for potential residents. Rents continue to grow in most markets.

“Occupancy is hovering around 95 percent, and that’s a healthy rate, especially with lots of product moving through initial lease-up,” says Greg Willett, chief economist with RealPage Inc., a provider of property management and software services.

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Preparing Multifamily Assets for Possible Market Correction via National Real Estate Investor

As the cycle matures, savvy multifamily investors are taking a look at the reality: a market correction could occur at any time. In advance of any downward movement, the best owners and managers are examining what can be done proactively to recession-proof properties.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Texas Employment Forecast 3/9/2018 via Dallas Fed

Incorporating January employment growth of 2.5 percent and leading index data, the Texas Employment Forecast suggests jobs will grow 3.3 percent this year (December/December), with an 80 percent confidence band of 1.8 to 4.8 percent. This is up from the previous estimate of 2.8 percent. Based on the forecast, 407,900 jobs will be added in the state this year, and employment in December 2018 will be 12.8 million (Chart 1).

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

More Apartment Landlords Offer Free Rent to Lure Tenants via National Real Estate Investor

As the percentage of vacant apartments creeps higher in cities and towns across the country, more property managers are offering months of free rent to potential residents to get them to sign leases.

Not all segments of the market are afflicted equally, however. Managers of apartments at newly constructed properties and those that compete with new construction for renters are the most likely to have to offer something extra to close the deal.

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Austin Metro Report: March 2018 via Zumper

The Zumper Austin Metro Report analyzed active listings in February across 13 metro cities to show the most and least expensive cities and cities with the fastest growing rents. The Texas state median rent was $921 last month.

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Eleventh District Beige Book 3/7/18 via Dallas Fed

The Eleventh District economy expanded at a moderate pace over the past six weeks. The manufacturing sector continued to expand robustly, energy activity increased, and home sales continued to rise. Growth slowed slightly in financial and nonfinancial services, while retail sales declined modestly. Hiring was strong across most sectors. Widespread reports of labor market tightness and difficulty finding qualified workers continued, and more firms responded by raising wages than in prior reporting periods. Price pressures remained elevated, and in some cases intensified. Outlooks remained broadly optimistic, although some uncertainty persisted.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Austin Economic Indicators 3-2-18 via Dallas Fed

Austin economic growth remained robust in January. According to revised data, employment grew 4.2 percent in 2017, the fastest rate among Texas’ large metro areas. Third-quarter data show high-tech services employment accelerated sharply and likely finished the year at a pace well above overall job growth. Housing affordability was steady in the fourth quarter, while survey data suggest manufacturing activity has flattened out in recent months.

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