Rehabbing Historic Apartments and Mixed Use Commercial Buildings

Mixed Use Building Apartments over Retail, built 1904
The Daylight Building, built in 1904. Apartments over retail/office. Photo Credit: Western Washington University http://faculty.wwu.edu/talbot/BhamPhotoIndex.html

Developer Bob Hall got his start buying an old building in a deteriorating downtown to house his import business. He didn’t know about due diligence, deferred maintenance or building codes and after having to refinance then sell his house to fund the required repairs swore he’d never buy another building… until he looked at his tax return. He was making more money renting out the extra space than the import business was pulling in… and he was hooked.

At the time Continue reading Rehabbing Historic Apartments and Mixed Use Commercial Buildings

It’s All About the Dogs for Apartment Building Investment

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It Is All About the Dogs for apartment building investment according to industry insiders speaking at a recent Bisnow conference: Woodbranch Management President Philip Schneidau says Market Square’s dog run was the best thing about the project. (The second-best part is the building’s liquor license. “What happens is you get home from work, walk your dog, grab a bottle of wine and meet your neighbors,” Schneidau said. “It’s a great life. That’s the magic.”)

Here’s my Exec sum of their salient points:

The Demographics:

  • Households with at least one pet jumped 35% during last decade to 74.1 million
  • Dogs are the favorite pet, with 43.3 million
  • Dog ownership surging among singles and renters.

The Competitive Situation:

  • Being pet-friendly has shifted from competitive advantage to

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Falling Spread Prevents Apartment Investment Loan From Jumping

Falling Spread Saves Apartment Investment Loan Rate

First I want to take a moment to remember all those who lost or gave their lives as well as their families and friends that terrible day sixteen years ago. I have four friends who but for their own unique twists of fate would have been in the twin towers on 9/11 and their good fortune is a stark reminder of so many who weren’t that lucky. Also I keep in my thoughts all those who are suffering because of wild fires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes around the world right now. – Giovanni

The 10 year apartment investment loan rate we track fell 10 basis points (bp) from last month even though the benchmark 10yr Treasury rate jumped 8bp today to 2.14%. The spread between the two shrank to 218bp, the Continue reading Falling Spread Prevents Apartment Investment Loan From Jumping

Is Builder Sentiment a Better Predictor of the Apartment Investment Cycle?

Builders Predict the Apartment Cycle

Are apartment builders better predictors of the Apartment Building Investment Cycle? Based on the latest cycle at least (a sample of one, admittedly) it appears that they are.

On the chart above the blue line represents the NAHB’s Multifamily Production Index (MPI) which began falling in the 3rd quarter of 2005 and fell for four straight Continue reading Is Builder Sentiment a Better Predictor of the Apartment Investment Cycle?

What do FHA mortgages, shopping malls, urban renewal, master planned communities, Architect Frank Gehry and LITCH housing have in common?

Columbia City’s original master plan model

(The Exec Sum for this post is at the end)

Recently I was watching the Harvard Joint Center on Housing’s State of the Nation’s Housing panel discussion which coincided with the release of their annual housing report. On the panel were Terri Ludwig, Enterprise Community Partners CEO; Mayor Catherine E. Pugh of Baltimore as well as Robert C. Kettler, Chairman & CEO, Kettler, a large East Coast developer of tax credit and market rate housing. I thought this particular panel couldn’t have been put together randomly.

The connection to the items in the headline as well as to the people on the panel was a single Continue reading What do FHA mortgages, shopping malls, urban renewal, master planned communities, Architect Frank Gehry and LITCH housing have in common?

Apartment Conditions Improve But Still Below Par- NMHC July Survey

All four of the indexes in National Multi-Housing Council’s July survey improved but remained below the 50 better/worse boundary bringing the average up to 46 from 39.

The biggest improvement was in the Continue reading Apartment Conditions Improve But Still Below Par- NMHC July Survey

Falling Spread Helps Apartment Loan Rate Weather Rise in 10yr Treasuries.

The 10yr apartment loan rate we track rose 12 basis points (bp) to 4.60% from 4.48%, where is was on our report last month. During the same period the 10yr Treasury (T10) rose from 2.21% last month to a high of 2.39% last week before backing off 2bp as of yesterday. What saved the apartment rate from rising 50% further alongside the T10 was that the spread was reduced from a high of 2.9% to 2.22%.

The ULI <60LTV loan we track did not Continue reading Falling Spread Helps Apartment Loan Rate Weather Rise in 10yr Treasuries.