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The government-sponsored enterprise expects the multifamily market in the U.S. to continue its strong growth.   By Holly Dutton  ( Article)  — Freddie Mac is expecting continued growth in the multifamily market throughout 2020. In its just-released Multifamily 2020 Outlook report, the government-sponsored enterprise...Continue reading »

Look, no one is perfect. Sometimes, one renter will be a little more difficult than others. Here’s how to work with them.   By Jessica Fiur  ( Article)  — In a perfect world, all residents at an apartment community would pay their rent on time, be quiet and thoughtful neighbors, write positive reviews of the building...Continue reading »

Flush with capital and boosted by solid fundamentals, multifamily real estate rolls into the new decade with an optimism that seems almost too good to last.   By Chris Wood ( Article)  — Carl Dranoff is like the M. Night Shyamalan of multifamily real estate development. Rooted in Philadelphia since receiving his...Continue reading »

Borrowers still must pay attention to potential recession and macro trends.   By Christine Serlin ( Article)  — As housing demand continues to surge across the nation, finance leaders are predicting that capital will continue to flow for both affordable and market-rate multifamily deals in 2020. “There is a lot...Continue reading »

Vacancy rate rose 0.1% to 4.7%, while absorption and supply growth slowed considerably.   By Mary Salmonsen  ( Article)  — The apartment vacancy rate rose to 4.7% in the fourth quarter of 2019, up from 4.6% in the third quarter, according to the latest REIS Preliminary Trends Report. The vacancy rate was 4.8% at the end of 2018...Continue reading »

A step-by-step guide to fire safety inspections for multifamily owners and operators.   By Ralph E. Bless Jr. ( Article)  — According to recent statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approximately 70% of the losses from fires in the U.S. are from...Continue reading »

Multifamily operators need to bridge the gap between technology trust and usability.   By Chase Harrington  ( Article)  — In its various forms, artificial intelligence already pervades our lives on a daily basis. However, many people are still gaining a firm grasp of the growing technology and the increasing role it is playing...Continue reading »

Here are five ways to boost resident and tenant retention in 2020.   By Holly Dutton  ( Article)  — With the arrival of the new decade comes new possibilities—and new concerns. For managers of commercial and residential buildings, retaining tenants and residents is a perennial item on the to-do list. Whether...Continue reading »

Five technology advancements that are likely to hit the apartment industry in a big way in the year ahead.   By Rick Haughey, Sarah Yaussi  ( Article)  — There’s little doubt that 2019 was the year for PropTech. We saw record levels of investment in not only real estate tech writ large but also multifamily-specific...Continue reading »

Developers putting shovels in the ground today will need to anticipate what renters want a couple of years from now, notes Rick Haughey of the National Multifamily Housing Council.   By Rick Haughey  ( Article)  — On the horizon is a massive wave of demand for apartments that stretches well into the future. In fact,...Continue reading »