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Multifamily Positioned Well for Remainder of the Year, Freddie Mac Forecasts 

Originally published on August 2, 2022, by Freddie Mac.

The economy has entered a turbulent time as interest rates have moved up and inflation is very real for consumers. The likelihood of recession is much higher than earlier this year according to most macroeconomic forecasters, and the sharp rise in interest rates has already impacted volume as borrowers and investors may have sidelined deals until the volatility levels out. Despite the increased uncertainty, the multifamily industry is positioned well and we forecast solid performance for the year. 

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Student Housing Continues to Break Records: Yardi Matrix 

Originally published on July 27, 2022 by Yardi Matrix.

The student housing industry continued to break records in the second quarter of 2022, according to the new quarterly National Student Housing Report from Yardi® Matrix.

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US Needs 4 Million More Apartments by 2035, Research Shows

Originally published on August 3, 2022, by the National Multifamily Housing Council.

Nearly 4.3 million new apartments will be needed across the U.S. by 2035 to meet housing demand, according to research released July 28 by the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association. Currently, there is a shortage of around 600,000 units, and the number of affordable apartments — those with rents less than $1,000 per month — has declined by 4.7 million between 2015-20.

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Cities in the Sun Belt and the West Experiencing the Most Growth: Census Bureau Data

Originally published on Mary 31, 2022, by Erik Sherman for GlobeSt.com.

As the Census Bureau analysis continues on the 2020 decennial count of the country, there are more specific data on the general trend that virtually anyone in commercial real estate knows: people are moving from various parts of the country to the Sun Belt and West.

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Nearly 20% of Home Sellers are Dropping Asking Prices, According to Redfin

Originally published on May 26, 2022, by Kenneth Applewhaite for Redfin.

The housing market is sending clearer signals that the pandemic-driven housing frenzy is coming to an end, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

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Commercial and Multifamily Borrowing Surges 72% from Last Year: MBA Report

Originally published o May 12, 2022 by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations increased by 72 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Thursday.

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Mortgage Rates Increase Alongside Rising Inflation, Freddie Mac Survey Shows

Originally published on March 5, 2022, by Freddie Mac.

Mortgage rates rose in the past week amid rising inflation and the expectation of strong demand for goods, Freddie Mac reported on March 31 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey. While purchase demand has weakened slightly, it has continued to outperform expectations.

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CRE Executives Express Concern About Economy, Pandemic and World Affairs: Report

Originally published on March 22, 2022 by Michael Tucker for Mortgage Bankers Association.

After a challenging two years, the real estate industry again faces more uncertainty–and not just for the short term, a new report from the Urban Land Institute and PwC said.

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White House Issues Action Plan on Bias in Appraisals

Originally published on March 30, 2022 by the White House.

The Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity Task Force on March 23 published an Action Plan to address concerns about lower appraisals for properties owned by individuals of color. The Appraisal Institute provided input to the Task Force, whose Action Plan covers appraisal standards, diversity within the valuation profession, and reporting requirements for violations of federal law.

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Conflict in Ukraine Likely to Effect US Housing: Fannie Mae

Originally published on March 17, 2022, by Matthew Classick for Fannie Mae.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, and its implications for the global economy, have added to growing inflation pressures and ongoing supply chain difficulties as monetary policy tightening begins, according to the March 2022 commentary from the Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group. The ESR Group now projects full-year 2022 real GDP growth of 2.3 percent, down from last month’s projected 2.8 percent, but acknowledges that many of its forecast’s base assumptions, including a near-term resolution to the acute global economic effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, represent substantial downside risks to both the macroeconomic and housing outlooks. Prior to the conflict, inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, hit a 40-year high and the Federal Reserve was poised to begin a course of significant monetary tightening. According to the ESR Group, the central bank’s already difficult task of enacting a “soft landing” – that is, raising rates to combat inflation without precipitating economic contraction – has been further complicated by the recent geopolitical developments. Despite the substantial uncertainty, the ESR Group continues to expect the Federal Reserve to raise the federal funds rate five times in 2022 and eight times total through 2023.

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Mortgage Rates Fall Amid Global Tensions and Inflationary Concerns: Freddie Mac

Originally published on March 3, 2022, by Angela Waugaman for the Freddie Mac.

Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.76 percent.

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Nearly 1 in 10 US Homes Affected by Natural Disasters in 2021: CoreLogic Report

Originally published on February 17, 2022, by the Hazard HQ Team for CoreLogic.

Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and severity, impacting regions underprepared to handle an economic disruption, job displacement, and the destruction of real estate assets.

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Tertiary Markets Lure Investors Due to High Yields and Growth Opportunities: Data

Originally published on February 14, 2022, by Beth Mattson-Teig by WealthManagement.com.

Apartment investors are jumping at the chance to buy properties in Manhattan at 6 percent cap rates—Manhattan, Kansas, that is. Buyers that used to dismiss such tertiary markets as “flyover country” are now stopping to take a second look.

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Fannie Mae Settles Suit Over Homes in Minority Neighborhoods

Originally published on February 7, 2022, by Lester Davis for NFHA.

Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 20 fair housing organizations throughout the country reached a landmark $53 million agreement with Fannie Mae (formally known as the Federal National Mortgage Association). The settlement resolves the groups’ claims that Fannie Mae treated homes it owned in majority-Black and Latino communities unfavorably. The settlement will help rebuild and strengthen communities of color in 39 metropolitan areas. In the case, the plaintiffs alleged that Fannie Mae maintained and marketed its foreclosed homes in predominantly White neighborhoods while allowing homes in predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods to fall into disrepair and that this differential treatment exacerbated the damage caused by the 2008 mortgage crisis and impeded recovery from the crisis in neighborhoods of color. The case was the first time a federal court confirmed the nation’s fair housing laws cover the maintenance and marketing of Real Estate Owned (REO) properties.

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Single-tenant Net Lease Cap Rates Tick Up in Fourth Quarter: The Boulder Group

Originally published by The Boulder Group on February 2, 2022.

Cap rates in the single-tenant net lease retail and industrial sectors increased to 5.88% and 6.77%, respectively, during the fourth quarter, a slight increase from the historically low rates reported during the previous quarter, The Boulder Group reported Feb. 3 in its Q4 2021 Net Lease Market Report. Cap rates for net lease office properties remained at 6.8%.

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US Hotel Recovery Continues, Data Shows

Originally published on January 20, 2022, by Haley Luther for STR Global.

The U.S. hotel sector reported an average daily rate of $124.67 per available room in 2021, which is still 4.8% lower than what was reported pre-pandemic, but an improvement over 2020, STR reported Jan. 20. In terms of occupancy, Tampa, Florida, reported the nation’s highest annual rate of 68.4% while Minneapolis had the lowest rate of 44.4%

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Report Explores USPAP, AQC Inclusiveness and Objectivity

The National Fair Housing Alliance, under contract by the Appraisal Subcommittee and the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation, on Jan. 19 released its report on whether the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and Appraiser Qualifications Criteria support or promote fairness, equity, objectivity and diversity in both appraisals and the training and credentialing of appraisers. The findings and recommendations are far-reaching, and some will require legislative action.

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Southwest and Sunbelt Markets to Dominate Multifamily Housing in 2022: Forecast

Originally published on January 19, 2022, by Phil Hall for Benzinga.

In this year’s U.S. Multifamily Index – which ranks 46 major markets on a criteria mix including the local labor market, vacancies, construction and affordability – Orlando and Las Vegas placed first and second thanks to a high-level of job creation and household formation rates – which, the report predicted, will lead to higher rates of rent growth.

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Inflation at 40-year High, Rates Could Rise: Labor Report

Originally published on January 12, 2022, by Lucia Mutikani for Reuters.com

U.S. consumer prices increased solidly in December as rental accommodation and used cars maintained their strong gains, culminating in the largest annual rise in inflation in nearly four decades, which bolstered expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates as early as March.

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CRE Price Growth Up Last Year; 2022 Could See Double-digit Increases, Index Shows

Originally published on January 11, 2022, by Michael Tucker for Mortgage Bankers Association.

Green Street, Newport Beach, Calif., said its commercial property price index increased 24 percent in 2021 with robust price appreciation occurring in virtually every corner of the CRE market.

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