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  • Market Commentary Blog
    8/7/2014

    Fundamental forces continue to support demand in the face of rising supply

    Fundamentals for the multifamily housing sector remain firm, even as new construction comes onto the market. Vacancy rates remain at their lows for the cycle, and rent growth has firmed. Going forward, we anticipate that the pent-up demand for apartments is likely to continue to bolster household formation, which is the ultimate source of demand for multifamily housing.
  • Market Commentary Blog
    7/3/2014

    Where's the "New Normal" Now?

    It has been popular to say that the economy suffered permanent (or at least long-lasting) damage during the financial crisis, and the economy’s new speed limit once recovery was fully underway would be 2 percent GDP growth and nonfarm payrolls rising 160,000 or so per month.
  • Market Commentary Blog
    5/12/2014

    Single Family Rentals: Demographic, Structural and Financial Forces Driving the New Business Model

    The Single Family Rental (SFR) housing market has grown rapidly since the start of the housing crisis. Home prices have risen sharply, however, especially in some of the markets where institutional investors including several REITs have set up SFR business.  This raises questions about the prospects for the SFR sector.
  • Market Commentary Blog
    5/6/2014

    Commercial Property Update 2014:Q1

    Familiar themes from 2013 in commercial property markets carried over in the first quarter of 2014:  Apartment markets held firm despite the steady ramp-up of new supply, the office sector continued to recover—gradually—but the retail market lagged behind.
  • Market Commentary Blog
    3/4/2014

    Bank lending to CRE picks up as commercial property sales, prices recover.

    An upswing in bank lending in the fourth quarter signals higher levels of activity across nonresidential real estate, multifamily residential and real estate construction and development. Bank lending for real estate investment is closely related to trends in transactions and prices.  Recently-released data from the FDIC on bank lending reveal increased lending for investment in nonresidential real estate, multifamily residences, and construction and development.
  • Market Commentary Blog
    2/7/2014

    Commercial Property Update 2013:Q4

    Market conditions improved across all property types in the fourth quarter.  Strong demand for apartments pushed absorption higher, although a pick-up in new supply tempered the decline in vacancy rates.  Office rents increased, despite the slow decline in office vacancies. 
  • Market Commentary Blog
    2/2/2014

    Economic Update (February 2, 2014)

    Homeownership is stabilizing, but weak job market is still holding back both rental and ownership markets.  The home ownership rate held steady for the final three quarters of 2013 at 65.1 percent, after having declined a half-percentage point or more each year since its peak in the mid-2000s (Chart 1).  This tentative stabilization suggests that housing markets may soon move beyond the mortgage crisis and back to a period of more normal recovery and growth.

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