Archive for May, 2015

Q1 GDP contracts 0.7%

The U.S. economy contracted an annualized 0.7% in the first quarter, according to the Commerce Department, which had estimated 0.2% growth. Reasons for the decline include a bigger trade gap, slower consumer spending and harsh winter weather. Economists expect 2% expansion this quarter. Read full story Read more

Yellen, Cleveland Fed chief see rate hike in the offing

The Federal Reserve will begin raising rates this year if unemployment continues to fall and inflation moves up, Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Friday. It will be several years before the federal funds rate would return to a normal, longer-run level, she said. Loretta Mester, president of the Cleveland Fed, said Monday that rising inflation and strong employment growth are creating the conditions for the U.S. economy to support higher interest rates. Read full story Read more

Multifamily Developers Favor Downtown, But Suburbia Holds Its Own

In the midst of the Great Recession, vacancy in the multifamily sector hit a cyclical high of 8.0 percent. Over the next several years, the vacancy rate nearly halved, reaching 4.1 percent in early 2014. Vacancy now stands at 4.2 percent as of the end of the first quarter, where it has plateaued for 12 straight months. Read full story Read more

Investment managers urge REIT investors to stay the course

REITs have been one of the best-performing asset classes for the last several years, with the S&P Global REIT posting nearly 140% in returns since March 2009. However, there are fears that the expected rise in interest rates will slow momentum and cause investors to flee. Investment managers such as Wells Fargo and State Street are advising shareholders to stay put as REIT fundamentals will remain strong. Read full story Read more

Report: U.S. wages fall short of rent costs

Workers earning the state or federal minimum wage cannot afford a market-rate one-bedroom apartment in any state in the U.S. unless they work 86 hours per week, finds a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The average U.S. hourly wage falls $4 short of the amount needed to work full time and afford a two-bedroom apartment. Read full story Read more

Fed officials say June is too soon to raise rates

Most Federal Reserve policymakers said at last month's meeting that June would likely be too soon to start raising interest rates, minutes show. Officials predict a rebound after the slow start to the year, and most are ready to raise rates once data confirm that the economy is on solid ground. Read full story Read more

Commercial real estate sales jump 45% in first quarter

Commercial real estate transactions rose 45% in the first quarter by dollar volume, reaching $129 billion, according to Real Capital Analytics. Deals in the pipeline for the second quarter suggest it will wind up being one of the largest on record, the firm said. The competition for properties is making it difficult to acquire single assets, insiders say. Read full story Read more

3 Things That Have Changed the Industry Over the Past 20 Years

Multifamily experts weigh in on what they believe has changed the apartment rental industry for both better and worse. Read full story Read more

10-year Treasury yield rises amid global selloff

Yield on 10-year Treasurys hit a six-month high today as the rout in global debt markets continues. Goldman Sachs attributes the trend to overblown expectations for the European Central Bank's quantitative-easing program. Read full story Read more

Cap Rate Variations

Everyone in real estate knows how to calculate a cap rate — or do they? Read full story Read more

U.S. office deliveries outpaced demand in Q1

Delivery of new office space, totaling 15 million square feet nationwide, exceeded quarterly office demand in the first quarter of 2015, according to CoStar office market data. Total net absorption registered just over 12 million square feet. Read full story Read more