Author Archives: Ivan Kaufman

Weekly Roundup: August 13, 2018

This week’s multifamily roundup features insights on multifamily construction starts in the top 10 metros, the occupational profile of workforce renters and where luxury apartment rents are rising. First, Multifamily Executive reports that construction activity has picked up over the last six months in half of the top 10 metro markets. Then, Mortgage Bankers Association

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Weekly Roundup: July 13, 2018

Long-term flood insurance, sustainable design features and single-family renter demand are explored throughout this week’s selection of industry new stories. MBA, along with nearly two dozen industry trade groups, are pushing Congress to take action and implement a long-term extension for the National Flood Insurance Program. Then, NREI states that as more renters come to

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Weekly Roundup: July 6, 2018

This week’s industry news pieces feature information on the GSEs green incentives and small apartment buildings’ importance to urban workforce housing. First, Multifamily Executive states that green financing programs are picking up the pace in multifamily lending as the GSEs have made their programs more streamlined. Then, RealPage reports that Class C apartments have gained

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Weekly Roundup: June 22, 2018

The rise of green roofs, overall apartment performance and increasing monthly rents are covered in this week’s news highlights. First, National Apartment Association examines Denver’s decision to pass an initiative that requires new and existing buildings to add green spaces to rooftops. Next, RealPage states that many of the nation’s largest markets have outperformed historic

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Real Estate Weekly Roundup: June 15, 2018

This week’s industry news highlights feature information on small balance lending growth as well as the new amenities that are attracting college students. First, MBA reports that small balance multifamily lending could increase 4 to 6 percent this year due to factors like having a superior risk-adjusted performance outlook. Then, Multifamily Executive states that effective

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Bridge Market Grows More Liquid, Competitive

Authored by Michael Ratliff, the editor of ALEX Chatter.  The multifamily bridge loan space has become an increasingly popular lending sector as the current multifamily cycle has progressed. This is largely due to the rise of the value-add investment strategy. Strategic multifamily investors have benefitted greatly from the prevalence of older, mismanaged apartment inventory that’s

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Ivan Kaufman, ceo of ALEX

U.S. Multifamily Remains Very Attractive to Foreign Investors

A new research blog post on ALEX Chatter examines the continued flood of foreign investment into U.S. multifamily. In fact, as Real Capital Analytics data points out, 2015 represented a new high for foreign investment in American apartments. Even more impressive was that the 2015 investment figure of $16.3 billion was nearly triple the $5.7

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Most U.S. Renters Live in Small Apartment Properties

Go ahead and picture an apartment building. If you are like most people, then you are likely envisioning something large, tall and in a city. Well — as recent Chandan Economics research published on ALEX Chatter shows — most multifamily renters (57%) actually live in buildings with between 5 and 19 units. The research also

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Arbor’s Ties To Iconic NYC Landmarks

Arbor has originated billions of dollars in commercial real estate financing for more than two decades. Because of its long track record of work, Arbor’s commercial real estate financing business has quite naturally been steeped in history through the funding of several iconic New York buildings. Let me take you on a tour of three

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