Gray Report Newsletter: January 11, 2024

Private Credit and Multifamily Survival

Recent reporting on commercial real estate financing has highlighted the role of private credit in providing funding for CRE sponsors/owners and delaying the need for a capital call, and despite the expectation of interest rate reductions later in the year, it is clear that private credit will remain an important tool in 2024. Newly-published reports on multifamily performance continue to clarify the near-term challenges for apartment operators, but data showing record vacancies for office properties presents a bleaker picture and signs of persistent shifts in remote/in-person work that could lead to more sustained housing demand in the future.

Multifamily, the Nation, and the Economy

IRR Viewpoint 2024: Valuation Challenges and Investment Opportunities

Integra Realty Resources: From the (excellent) report: “Those who overleveraged or who cannot deliver exceptional management will run out of time and will represent the ‘opportunities’ the dry-powder crowd has been waiting to meet . . .  The coming year will be a career-making lesson in the value of liquidity and the time-value of money.”

Multifamily Markets and Reports

Dec. 2023 Multifamily Report: Rent Growth Continues to Flatten

Yardi Matrix: Annual rent growth for 2023 was 0.3%, and monthly rent growth was at -0.2% for December, but “overall demand remains firm, which limits the potential downside.”

Multifamily and the Housing Market

Home Purchase Sentiment: Consumer Optimism About Mortgage Rates Jumps Significantly

Via Fannie Mae: “In December, a survey-high 31% of consumers indicated that they expect mortgage rates to go down, while 31% expect them to go up, and 36% expect rates to remain the same.”

Commercial Real Estate and the Macro Economy

Charted: Office vacancies hit a new record high

Via Axios: “Office vacancies hit a record high in the fourth quarter of last year, surpassing previous peaks last reached in 1991 and 1986 . . . The transition marks an enormous societal shift as Americans adjust to a whole new way of working and living — big changes are underfoot in cities and suburbs around the country.”

Other Real Estate News and Reports

2023 U.S. Data Center Market Overview & Market Clusters

Via Newmark:  “$26B in dry powder remains with data center allocation potential, but most activity is focused on new development and value add opportunities, given the amount of demand and attractive unlevered development yields. Returns can vary greatly by market, but U.S. profit margins are generally >50%.”

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