MHN’s March 2020 Must-Reads

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

Let’s be honest, the last two weeks of March felt endless. In the real estate industry, the month started off quite normally, with a Freddie Mac report announcing a shortage of housing supply of more than 3 million units, which advances by about 300,000 units annually. Additionally, the class-action lawsuit filed by three residents of the New York City Housing Authority’s Red Hook Houses against the City underlined that public housing is part of the housing crisis.

A series of new projects broke ground or landed construction financing in the first half of March, including Mill Creek Residential’s 24-story, 350-unit Modera Flagler Village in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the largest residential project to date in downtown Orlando, Fla., as well as Chicago’s largest mixed-use project within an Opportunity Zone.

However, by the end of the second week, the coronavirus outbreak started to make its way into real estate news, with President Trump declaring it a national emergency and several large metro areas considering enacting a moratorium on residential evictions. Two weeks later, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order banning evictions for renters who have been affected by COVID-19. In the meantime, however, the Federal Reserve announced an emergency adjustment to its benchmark interest rate, bringing it down to a range of 0 to 0.25 percent. And, as New York is the hardest-hit state in the country, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed repurposing buildings into makeshift hospitals.

Meanwhile, an Institutional Property Advisors survey found that multifamily investors expect a modest impact from the coronavirus crisis. At the same time, senior housing REITs were encouraging investors not to panic, while industry experts anticipate a short-term disruption. As the U.S. Congress was getting ready to vote on a record $2 trillion stimulus package, we looked at what the bill means for the multifamily sector.

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

MHN’s Coronavirus Coverage

Check out these links to keep up with MHN’s latest coverage of the coronavirus situation.

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Multifamily Industry Front and Center in Policy Debates

Housing policies are in the spotlight in the national election and in many statehouses around the country. Here’s a look at what’s at stake in 2020.

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What’s Missing From the $2T Stimulus Package?

With the bill passing and social distancing guidelines being extended, the industry is sizing up the situation and looking at what’s to come.

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What Property Managers Should Be Doing Right Now

Managers of multifamily properties face an unprecedented event in the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what to do next.

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HUD Urging Public Housing Authorities to Halt Evictions

The federal agency is seeking congressional authority to prohibit evictions in public housing nationwide.

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Single-Family Rental Homes See Diminishing Returns

The investment class performed well in certain Sunbelt counties but poorly in New York City and California, according to a new report by ATTOM Data Solutions.

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4 Questions With Fannie Mae’s Jeff Hayward

Watch what the GSE’s head of multifamily has to say about green financing, doing business under the new caps and goals for 2020.

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Multifamily Sector Takes Aim at Cyber Risks

Owners and managers of apartment communities are learning to shore up their defenses against hackers and other threats.

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