Thursday, April 19, 2018

How to Find Continued Value in Apartment Acquisitions via National Real Estate Investor

The stability, durability and continued capital flows into multifamily investing permeate today’s headlines, with industry pundits believing apartments to be the most popular product type with real estate investors in 2018, second only to industrial. Mixed signals abound among varying markets, and it’s important to dissect and triangulate the real data as the analytics don’t always tell the full story.

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As Interest Rates Rise, Where Do Valuations and Transaction Volumes Go? via Multi-Housing News Online

ears of warnings that rising Treasury rates would depress commercial real estate prices—during an extended period when rates stayed low and acquisition yields fell to record lows—have given the concept a “boy who cries wolf” quality.

Those warnings, however, will be tested now that the 10-year Treasury seems poised to continue its growth of the past 18 months, and volatility has roiled the bond and equity markets. No longer can the market rely on the unusually large premium between Treasury rates and cap rates to buffer the impact of higher interest rates and the likely increase in mortgage coupons.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Eleventh District Beige Book 4/18/18 via Dallas Fed

he Eleventh District economy expanded at a moderate pace over the past six weeks. Growth in the nonfinancial services sector accelerated, and retail sales rebounded. Loan demand growth picked up. Robust expansion in the energy industry continued, while growth in manufacturing eased somewhat. Home sales continued to rise. Hiring was solid across most sectors, and widespread labor shortages continued. Wage and price growth remained elevated, and several contacts noted a marked rise in the cost of steel. Outlooks, while still optimistic, have become more uncertain due to new tariffs and trade concerns.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Competition Intensifies for Value-Add Assets via National Real Estate Investor

For the past several years, investors have turned to the value-add strategy when seeking outperformance in a competitive commercial real estate landscape.

And it appears the interest in these type of deals has only intensified lately, with competition becoming increasingly stiff as the industry faces the likely end of the cycle and rent growths have moderated for core assets.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

ALN Monthly Market Stats April 2018 via ALN Apartment Data

ALN Data just released their March 2018 market stats on occupancy and rents for over 80 markets. In Texas, it includes DFW, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, Corpus Christi and more. It is a must read from a great provider of apartment data. Check out their new website.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Austin Economic Indicators 4/5/18 via Dallas Fed

Austin economic activity accelerated in February. The Austin Business-Cycle Index grew at its fastest pace since late 2015, bolstered by strong employment growth over the first two months of this year. The unemployment rate increased slightly but remained near a two-decade low. Regional real estate indicators point to robust housing growth. Census data for 2017 suggest that Austin’s population growth was well above the state average.

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Prices Keep Rising for Apartment Properties via National Real Estate Investor

Investors keep looking for apartment buildings to buy at good prices. The search is leading them to smaller properties in smaller markets.

“Things continue to be very good in multifamily,” says John Sebree, national director of the national multi housing group with brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap.

The amount of money multifamily investors are spending has stabilized at a high level. Investors continue to accept relatively low yields on their acquisitions, even though interest rates rose substantially in 2017 and are expected to rise further. Part of the reason is that apartment rents continue to rise across the country, attracting investors to bid for new properties.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

March 2018 Shows Best Rent Growth Performance via Multi-Housing News Online

March multifamily rents had its best performance since last summer, with average U.S. rents increasing by $4 to $1,371. Despite this, growth dropped 10 basis points year-over-year to 2.5 percent, decelerating from its peak of 5.4 percent growth in early 2016. Major concerns for the industry included peaking supply, declining occupancy rates and affordability, which had led many to speculate if the flattening growth since last summer was a natural pattern or if rents would remain flat for an extended period of time.

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Apartment Completions Are Booming, But So Are Rents via

There may be a lot of apartments being built in Texas, but that’s not necessarily translating to more affordable rents, one economist said at a recent conference on affordable housing held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Greg Willett, chief economist at RealPage, told the group assembled that the same affordable housing issues that have begun to block families from purchasing homes have begun to crop up in the rental sector as well.

“We are starting to see the same affordability challenges in rental housing,” he said, adding that this issue is occurring despite a boom in apartment completions across the country.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Houston Economic Indicators 4/3/18 via Dallas Fed

The outlook for Houston remains positive. Houston has had a robust start to 2018 job growth, broad measures of output have expanded, energy-related activity and related imports have continued to improve, and oil prices remain in a healthy range for the energy industry. However, lagged data on wages and retail sales suggest that income and spending had not yet turned up by the third quarter of 2017.

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