With Rate Hike Pause, Will Investors Buy More CRE?
Despite several recent indicators of persistent inflation and greater economic activity, the Federal Reserve did not increase (or decrease) the federal funds rate this month. For CRE investors waiting to buy (or sell) properties, a rate hike pause may not be enough to encourage their re-entry into the market as investors expect further cap rate expansion in 2024. For multifamily specifically, confidence in longer-term asset performance has led to greater investor interest compared to other CRE sectors, but overall investment volume is lower than pre-pandemic averages.
Multifamily, the Nation, and the Economy
Urban Land Institute: Urban Land Institute’s in-depth, essential report on major real estate trends points to a more subdued CRE market amidst a “higher for longer” interest rate environment and economic uncertainty, but multifamily continues to be a favored asset type, with strong long-term prospects.
- Fed keeps rates unchanged, Powell hedges on possible end of tightening campaign (Reuters)
- Housing Push: Biden Admin Issues Guide on Commercial to Residential Conversions (The White House)
- How High Interest Rates Are Changing Commercial Property Lending (Propmodo)
Multifamily Markets and Reports
Via CBRE: While transactions as a whole are down significantly, “private investors were net buyers in Q3, while institutional, REIT[,] and cross-border investors were net sellers.”
- Q3 Multifamily Trends: Stabilized Occupancy Improvements Continue (Cushman & Wakefield)
- National Multifamily Report Card, Q3 2023 (Berkadia)
- Multifamily Permitting and Starts Drop Further (RealPage)
Multifamily and the Housing Market
Via Apartment List: Year-over-year rent growth is at -1.2%, with rents dropping a full 0.7% in October, suggesting that apartment rents could follow a similar cooling trend as they did in Q4 2022.
- US CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Index Annual Growth Regains Speed Again in August, Up by 2.6% (CoreLogic)
- How Does the Housing Market Impact CRE? (Marcus & Millichap)
- Rising Borrowing Costs Stand to Tip the Housing Sector Back into Recession (Wells Fargo)
Commercial Real Estate and the Macro Economy
Via Yardi Matrix: “The e-commerce boom that began in the early days of the pandemic helped send demand for industrial real estate to never-before-seen heights, but as growth has normalized, a rebalancing has taken shape.”
- Industrial Market Statistics | Q3 2023 – Normalizing Demand Continues (Colliers)
- Distressed Loans Face Valuation Pressures (Commercial Observer)
- Global Real Estate Fundraising Slumps 71% With Rate Risk (Bloomberg)
Other Real Estate News and Reports
Via Institutional Property Advisors: “As the only commercial real estate segment to record vacancy compression over the 12-month period ending in June, the retail sector remains in a favorable position.”
- Consumer Spending Propels GDP, but Not all Retailers are, or will, Benefit Equally (Moody’s Analytics)
- Q3 Business and Financial Results: “Credit quality is strong” (Freddie Mac)
- WeWork Plans to File for Bankruptcy as Early as Next Week (The Wall Street Journal)