Category: Multi-Family

The State of Multifamily: January 2016

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Once again, we are back at attempting to explain the complex, fluctuating, multi-factor state of the U.S. apartment rental market. Thankfully, we have another info-graphic for our visual learners out there. Stay with me. Some are concerned that, after a booming…

The State of Multifamily: December 2015

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It’s hard to sum up the state of the U.S. rental apartment market in a few pithy sentences. That’s why I brought an infographic! But before we take a look at this infographic exploring residential rent dynamics in the U.S.…

United We Rent

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I saw a commercial for CoStar Group’s (NYSE: CSGP) recently acquired online apartment listing platform, Apartments.com. It was the first time I saw a prime time TV spot for the site since it was acquired and beefed up by CRE data and…

Go Vertical!

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One of the big news items this week has been the announcement of voracious real estate buyer Blackstone Group‘s deal to acquire the famous and former world-record-holding Willis Tower in Chicago. The Wall Street Journal first reported the sale at a…

Top Five Sources of International Capital in U.S. Multifamily

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Today’s ranking is once again derived from information published in ULI/PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015, the organization’s annual report on real estate development, finance, investment conditions, and industry sentiment affecting national, regional, and local CRE markets. Today’s ranking comes…

Real Estate Demand in Wu-Tang Land

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Today I want to discuss seminal hip-hop super group Wu-Tang Clan, the geniuses behind classic rap opus 36 Chambers and such gritty masterpieces as “Shame on a *****,” “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing to **** With,” and other asterisk-heavy rap tunes. But…

Affordability in New York City

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Development pipelines and market demand aren’t always in agreement with one another. For one reason or another, a developer may choose to push for a project that isn’t the most useful option for a market or submarket’s growth. I talked…

Churches & Apartments: A Match Made in Heaven?

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I’m interested in the ways in which commercial real estate developers work in densely built urban areas. Sure, it’s easy to build in a sprawling suburb with plenty of land, but in a crowded metropolis this is not necessarily the…

300 Square Feet Doesn’t Sound Too Bad…

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In the early 2000s or so, “smaller” became synonymous with innovation. Still, the ongoing technology arms race entails creating the smallest product possible while retaining quality and functionality. It’s a complete 180 from the 90s, in which SUVs, McMansions, and…