Gray Report Newsletter: April 25, 2024

Apartment Investors Are More Confident, Will the Market Follow?

Multifamily investor sentiment improves even as debt financing challenges continue. Strength in the labor market, robust apartment demand, and stable consumer sentiment are some of the reasons behind this, but another significant factor is the decline in the multifamily construction pipeline. For investors looking beyond the current apartment supply dynamics in the next few years, multifamily assets have an appeal that breaks through current interest rate challenges.

Multifamily, the Nation, and the Economy

Multifamily, the Nation, and the Economy

Survey: Multifamily Investor Sentiment Suggest More Apartment Sales Activity on the Way

Via NMHC: For investors surveyed, debt financing confidence decreased, but confidence in apartment fundamentals has increased for investors, alongside expectations of greater sales activity.

Multifamily and the Housing Market

Affordable Housing Trends: Middle Income Housing Tax Credit on the way, zoning reform, and “an all-hands-on-deck approach”

Arbor: “Looking ahead, increasing the affordable housing supply will continue to require an all-hands-on-deck approach,” including zoning, financing, and other reforms.

Multifamily Markets and Reports

Lease-Up Demand is Solid, But it Doesn’t Feel Like It

RealPage: “Record volumes of new apartment supply are giving the average U.S. renter more options from which to choose. But demand trends remain favorable in lease-up properties yet to hit stabilization.”

Commercial Real Estate and the Macro Economy

U.S. Consumers Remain Resilient but Blemishes Exist

Via Moody’s Analytics: “With both job creation and inflation running hotter-than-expected during the first quarter of 2024, Monday’s retail sales report followed suit – increasing by 0.7% MoM and 4.0% YoY – underscoring the continued resiliency of the American consumer.”

Other Real Estate News and Reports

National Office Report, April 2024

Via Yardi Matrix: “Of the office stock under construction, the vast majority is located in the largest markets. Boston leads the nation, representing more than 15% of national stock under construction.”