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December 10, 2018
Five Reasons to Invest in Multifamily
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Investors of all stripes have long been interested in apartments, especially as their role in the commercial real estate investment market grew following the Great Recession. However, now as the economy’s expansion matures, the question many are grappling with is whether multifamily is as sure an investment in uncertain times as it was in the good times. 

For CBRE and Hamilton Zanze, the answer is yes. In a new paper, the firms outline all the reasons multifamily investment still makes sense in an economic slowdown, as well as the sector’s defensive performance characteristics. Multifamily Executive offers the lite version, while the full list is available here.

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INVESTMENT

Looking to Invest in Qualified Opportunity Zones?

Investors are looking to take advantage of the Opportunity Zone program, which uses an attractive tax benefit to spur investment in underserved areas. Bisnow recently published a list of tools to help investors understand the program and which neighborhoods and assets qualify. Note also that the program regulations continue to undergo refinements.

TECHNOLOGY

Top Multifamily Operators Plan Massive Investment in Real Estate Tech

Five major multifamily real estate investment trusts, Aimco, Boardwalk, Essex Property Trust, MAA and UDR, are partnering with private owners Starwood Capital Group, Cortland and GID to invest more than $100 million in a venture capital fund organized by Real Estate Technology Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.

DESIGN

Why Do All New Apartment Buildings Look the Same?

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RESEARCH

Special Delivery: 2018 NMHC/Kingsley Package Survey

Just in time for the holidays, this new survey unpacks how more than 2,000 property managers are dealing with the growing number of package deliveries. Free for NMHC members.

LEADERSHIP

This Apartment Owner Makes Money by Providing Affordable Homes

The LA Times spotlights former NMHC Chairman Daryl Carter of Avanath Capital Management for his work in the affordable housing space.

TRENDS

The Need for a Quiet Place

People increasingly want ways to turn “off” in a wired and connected world that otherwise wants us to always be “on.” For apartment developers today, striking that balance begins with sound attenuation. To that end, NMHC is pleased to announce the winner of our inaugural NMHC Innovation Challenge, which focused on identifying new technologies and systems to improve noise in apartments.

POLICY

HUD Wants More Property Owners to Participate in Voucher Program

HUD seeks feedback to improve the Section 8 voucher program so more property owners will participate in the voluntary program. While some cities like Baltimore and Washington, D.C., grapple with issues around voucher acceptance on the local level, two federal lawmakers look to advance new source of income protections that would effectively make the voucher program mandatory.
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