Gray Report Newsletter: June 27, 2024

The indominable growth of the housing market

Amid persistently high interest rates and waning, but still-elevated, inflation, prices for single-family homes continue to increase, and despite the lower rent growth in the apartment market, the Harvard JCHS’s recent State of the Nation’s Housing Report finds continued affordability pressure in both the rental and for-sale areas of the housing market. While both rent growth and the growth of single-family home prices have sharply increased in the past 3 years, prices for single-family homes have increased by a far greater amount, which is a strong signal of housing demand that points to higher rent growth in the multifamily market as the wave of new apartment deliveries subsides over the next year-and-a-half.

Multifamily, the Nation, and the Economy

The State of the Nation’s Housing, 2024

Via Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: This comprehensive report covers both single family and multifamily housing, with particular attention to the strength and scope of the ongoing housing affordability crisis.

Multifamily and the Housing Market

The US housing market is awful

Financial Times: “[S]mall declines in prices will not be enough to solve the affordability problem if mortgages do not become radically cheaper. Even then, the housing market in America will remain a significant social problem that goes a long way towards explaining consumers’ dissatisfaction with an economy that is healthy in other ways.”

Multifamily Markets and Reports

Spring 2024 Off-Campus Student Housing Update

Fannie Mae: “The recently lower levels of annual supply is primarily a byproduct of the higher amounts of new supply delivered during the previous development cycle. As a result of the higher amounts delivered in the 2010s, supply quickly outpaced demand, especially as demographic trends stabilized.”

Commercial Real Estate and the Macro Economy

Converging CRE Performance and Finding Alpha

Via Cushman & Wakefield: “Despite the Fed’s patient and data-dependent approach, the acceleration seen in Q1’s inflation data has reversed course and the critical cooling trend desired by the Fed is once again more evident.”

Other Real Estate News and Reports

Home Prices Increasing More Slowly, but Still Increasing at Above-Average Rates

Via CoreLogic: “In April, the CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Index slowed to a 6.3% year-over-year gain after peaking at 6.5% during the previous two months. It was still the 10th straight month of annual appreciation.”