‘Gimme Shelter’ with Daniel Gehman: Same-Day GB/GO–Feels Like Good Times

With unemployment dropping, money finally becoming available, and construction remaining on sale, there’s a window of opportunity in the multifamily space unlike anything we’ve seen in a while.

MHN TV: Jamie Woodwell on Delayed Recoveries

Jamie Woodwell, vice president of commercial and multifamily research at the Mortgage Bankers Association, explains why certain sectors of commercial real estate may see delayed recoveries.

‘Foong on Finance’: GSE Reform Update

It has been a busy week on the GSE and financial reform fronts. There were hearings in both the Senate and the House on GSE reform. The Republicans in the House are reportedly planning to release a series of eight bills to curtail Fannie and Freddie. Proposed 5 percent risk-retention regulations, requiring lenders to have “skin” in the loans they make, have been released, and the government agencies are asking for public comment. In a released report, the inspector general of the federal Housing Finance Agency criticized high executive pay at Fannie and Freddie. And Mortgage Bankers Association Chairman Michael…

Mutually Beneficial Marketing Campaigns

Apartment companies are actively seeking out creative, symbiotic partnerships with businesses.

Structured Financing Does Not Come Cheap

While certainly not pervasive, the structured financing market is showing signs of returning to life after two moribund years.

‘Foong on Finance’: Inflation Is Imminent, Says Analyst

Could higher inflation be around the corner? “The general expectation is that inflation is coming. The question is when, and by how much,” says a research analyst at a U.S. ratings agency.

Lenders Step Back into the Multifamily Sector

All of a sudden, it feels almost like 2006 redux: The financing market is seeing a lot of money and too few deals.

‘Foong on Finance’: February Job Gain of 190,000 May Have Been Overstated

It is said that about 150,000 new jobs need to be created per month just to absorb new entrants into the labor force. For many months now, the payroll growth has fallen woefully short of that number. Last week brought good news. We got word that payroll growth was 192,000 in February. Finally. So much of the health of commercial real estate depends on the US employment situation. The news supports the notion that the economy is really on track to recovery. It turns out this number, like the unemployment number of 8.9 percent, may not entirely tell the whole story. How…

‘Gimme Shelter’ with Daniel Gehman: Transit-Oriented Debacle

This full-capacity transit situation is directly related to two factors: declining unemployment and rising gas prices.

The Value of Structured Maintenance Training

Although many apartment companies are reluctant to send their maintenance technicians to classes, the payoff can be well worth it.