Deep Dive

Industry insights from our journalists

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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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    Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine. (2016). "Airbnb Office" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    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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    Courtesy of Sound Transit

    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