MHN’s January 2020 Must-Reads

Catch up on our most important stories, interviews and rankings for last month.

As the new year—and decade—kicked off, we delved into how the multifamily market is projected to perform in 2020, what to expect from Freddie Mac originations this year, and what’s ahead for senior housing.

January wasn’t only about outlooks and predictions, but also about big-dollar transactions. After five years of ownership, Round Hill Capital and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities sold its shares of a 4,515-asset portfolio in the Czech Republic for $1.4 billion. And in one of the largest apartment portfolio deals ever in the U.S., Aragon Holdings sold more than 35 properties located in eight states.

Last month, we also checked out the multifamily projects that broke ground in or around January, including the second rental property part of Aventon Crown in Montgomery County, Md., the mixed-use, adaptive reuse Raleigh Iron Works in Raleigh, N.C., the 264-unit Jefferson Sand Lake in Orlando, Fla., as well as the 202-unit Pilsen Gateway in Chicago, situated within an Opportunity Zone.

Toward the end of the month, we attended the National Multifamily Housing Council’s annual meeting, where executives talked about different ways to adapt in the midst of climate change, and investors shared insights on how to go about a shifting market. In addition, experts recommended a prudent strategy in the face of pressure from both perennial issues and new considerations.

Here are MHN’s must-reads for last month:

Top 5 Markets for Multifamily Transactions in 2019

The metros on this list accounted for about a third of the nation’s total sales volume.


Interest-Only Loans May Prove Risky―Eventually

How interest-only loans and other concessions could become weaknesses for commercial real estate when interest rates rise and property values decline.


Multifamily Cross-Border Investment Still Going Strong

Global investors from the Middle East and Canada are seeking stability in U.S. apartment assets.


CBRE: Multifamily Market Benefiting From Student Debt

A recent study found ongoing college debt levels are delaying home buying, resulting in young adults remaining in multifamily housing longer than previous generations.


Fannie Mae: 2020 Multifamily Forecast Bright

A resilient economy along with job growth and consumer spending are among the trends that will help the industry stay the course this year.


HUTTON Enters Multifamily Market

Located on Florida’s Space Coast, the commercial developer’s first apartment project is slated for fall 2021 delivery.


Standardized Pet Processes Can Recover Lost Revenue

Here are three ways to generate additional revenue to recover the cost of pet amenities and wear and tear on a community, according to Bridge Property Management’s Peter Cowan.


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