Deep Dive

Industry insights from our journalists

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    Contractors, owners wait out high interest rates

    As long as the Fed doesn't raise already elevated rates, a steady environment could jump-start stalled projects.

    Sebastian Obando • May 14, 2024
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    Investors watch, wait for signs of distress

    As lenders work with borrowers and bring back “extend-and-pretend” strategies, apartment properties with problem loans aren’t hitting the market.

    Leslie Shaver • April 2, 2024
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    Heavy concessions are helping renters move up

    In what has been a surprise to both executives and analysts, effective class B rents have been falling in high-supply markets.

    Leslie Shaver • Dec. 5, 2023
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    HUD grant focuses on commercial building conversions

    The authority seeks to fund case studies of recent conversion projects to provide practical commercial conversion guidance to operators and local agencies.

    Nish Amarnath • Aug. 7, 2023
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    4 ways that recent banking failures will impact the multifamily sector

    After the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature, multifamily borrowers could face challenges finding construction debt and loans from smaller lenders.

    Leslie Shaver • April 12, 2023
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    Recession watch: Why the next one will be different

    Executives from Skanska, Lendlease, Suffolk and others see unique characteristics in an economic slowdown this year.

    Sebastian Obando • Jan. 19, 2023
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    Are short-term rentals worth the risk?

    Problems in one Texas high-rise show the challenges of relying on temporary guests, but some managers say they can smooth out issues.

    Leslie Shaver • Nov. 17, 2022
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    Multifamily developers embrace modular

    The sector is turning to prefabrication to speed up project deliveries, but not for any real cost savings during the construction phase, experts say.

    Sebastian Obando • Nov. 11, 2022
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    9 of the year’s top amenity trends

    Coworking space is among the most vital, with rentable household items, to-go markets and pet wash stations also cited by multifamily experts.

    Mary Salmonsen • Oct. 10, 2022
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    Interest rate increases put apartment refinancing at risk

    As owners go back to lenders, they will need to bring more cash to the table.

    Leslie Shaver • Aug. 15, 2022
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    Will increased borrowing costs dent sky-high apartment valuations?

    As interest rates rise, outside demand and rent growth will need to drive values.

    Leslie Shaver • July 25, 2022
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    Rising interest rates shake up the multifamily lending mix

    With volatility in the debt market, will borrowers return to the agencies?

    Leslie Shaver • July 20, 2022
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    Soaring interest rates stymie deals

    As the buyer pool shrinks and multifamily sales are retraded, could the red-hot apartment transaction market cool off?

    Leslie Shaver • July 5, 2022
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    Transit-oriented development catches on as cities need to boost ridership and housing supply

    Cities are opting to build mixed-use developments near public transportation, but experts in Seattle, Atlanta and elsewhere say getting it right is a big challenge.

    Adina Solomon • April 5, 2022
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    Hoarding, ghost orders and pop-up warehouses: construction's new supply chain playbook

    Material prices have hit a 35-year high. Here's what contractors are doing to survive inflation.

    Joe Bousquin • March 10, 2022