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Cities in the Sun Belt and the West Experiencing the Most Growth: Census Bureau Data

Originally published on Mary 31, 2022, by Erik Sherman for GlobeSt.com.

As the Census Bureau analysis continues on the 2020 decennial count of the country, there are more specific data on the general trend that virtually anyone in commercial real estate knows: people are moving from various parts of the country to the Sun Belt and West.

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Nearly 20% of Home Sellers are Dropping Asking Prices, According to Redfin

Originally published on May 26, 2022, by Kenneth Applewhaite for Redfin.

The housing market is sending clearer signals that the pandemic-driven housing frenzy is coming to an end, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

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Commercial and Multifamily Borrowing Surges 72% from Last Year: MBA Report

Originally published o May 12, 2022 by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations increased by 72 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Thursday.

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Mortgage Rates Increase Alongside Rising Inflation, Freddie Mac Survey Shows

Originally published on March 5, 2022, by Freddie Mac.

Mortgage rates rose in the past week amid rising inflation and the expectation of strong demand for goods, Freddie Mac reported on March 31 in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey. While purchase demand has weakened slightly, it has continued to outperform expectations.

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CRE Executives Express Concern About Economy, Pandemic and World Affairs: Report

Originally published on March 22, 2022 by Michael Tucker for Mortgage Bankers Association.

After a challenging two years, the real estate industry again faces more uncertainty–and not just for the short term, a new report from the Urban Land Institute and PwC said.

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White House Issues Action Plan on Bias in Appraisals

Originally published on March 30, 2022 by the White House.

The Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity Task Force on March 23 published an Action Plan to address concerns about lower appraisals for properties owned by individuals of color. The Appraisal Institute provided input to the Task Force, whose Action Plan covers appraisal standards, diversity within the valuation profession, and reporting requirements for violations of federal law.

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Conflict in Ukraine Likely to Effect US Housing: Fannie Mae

Originally published on March 17, 2022, by Matthew Classick for Fannie Mae.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, and its implications for the global economy, have added to growing inflation pressures and ongoing supply chain difficulties as monetary policy tightening begins, according to the March 2022 commentary from the Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group. The ESR Group now projects full-year 2022 real GDP growth of 2.3 percent, down from last month’s projected 2.8 percent, but acknowledges that many of its forecast’s base assumptions, including a near-term resolution to the acute global economic effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, represent substantial downside risks to both the macroeconomic and housing outlooks. Prior to the conflict, inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, hit a 40-year high and the Federal Reserve was poised to begin a course of significant monetary tightening. According to the ESR Group, the central bank’s already difficult task of enacting a “soft landing” – that is, raising rates to combat inflation without precipitating economic contraction – has been further complicated by the recent geopolitical developments. Despite the substantial uncertainty, the ESR Group continues to expect the Federal Reserve to raise the federal funds rate five times in 2022 and eight times total through 2023.

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Mortgage Rates Fall Amid Global Tensions and Inflationary Concerns: Freddie Mac

Originally published on March 3, 2022, by Angela Waugaman for the Freddie Mac.

Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.76 percent.

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Nearly 1 in 10 US Homes Affected by Natural Disasters in 2021: CoreLogic Report

Originally published on February 17, 2022, by the Hazard HQ Team for CoreLogic.

Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and severity, impacting regions underprepared to handle an economic disruption, job displacement, and the destruction of real estate assets.

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Tertiary Markets Lure Investors Due to High Yields and Growth Opportunities: Data

Originally published on February 14, 2022, by Beth Mattson-Teig by WealthManagement.com.

Apartment investors are jumping at the chance to buy properties in Manhattan at 6 percent cap rates—Manhattan, Kansas, that is. Buyers that used to dismiss such tertiary markets as “flyover country” are now stopping to take a second look.

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Fannie Mae Settles Suit Over Homes in Minority Neighborhoods

Originally published on February 7, 2022, by Lester Davis for NFHA.

Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and 20 fair housing organizations throughout the country reached a landmark $53 million agreement with Fannie Mae (formally known as the Federal National Mortgage Association). The settlement resolves the groups’ claims that Fannie Mae treated homes it owned in majority-Black and Latino communities unfavorably. The settlement will help rebuild and strengthen communities of color in 39 metropolitan areas. In the case, the plaintiffs alleged that Fannie Mae maintained and marketed its foreclosed homes in predominantly White neighborhoods while allowing homes in predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods to fall into disrepair and that this differential treatment exacerbated the damage caused by the 2008 mortgage crisis and impeded recovery from the crisis in neighborhoods of color. The case was the first time a federal court confirmed the nation’s fair housing laws cover the maintenance and marketing of Real Estate Owned (REO) properties.

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Single-tenant Net Lease Cap Rates Tick Up in Fourth Quarter: The Boulder Group

Originally published by The Boulder Group on February 2, 2022.

Cap rates in the single-tenant net lease retail and industrial sectors increased to 5.88% and 6.77%, respectively, during the fourth quarter, a slight increase from the historically low rates reported during the previous quarter, The Boulder Group reported Feb. 3 in its Q4 2021 Net Lease Market Report. Cap rates for net lease office properties remained at 6.8%.

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US Hotel Recovery Continues, Data Shows

Originally published on January 20, 2022, by Haley Luther for STR Global.

The U.S. hotel sector reported an average daily rate of $124.67 per available room in 2021, which is still 4.8% lower than what was reported pre-pandemic, but an improvement over 2020, STR reported Jan. 20. In terms of occupancy, Tampa, Florida, reported the nation’s highest annual rate of 68.4% while Minneapolis had the lowest rate of 44.4%

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Report Explores USPAP, AQC Inclusiveness and Objectivity

The National Fair Housing Alliance, under contract by the Appraisal Subcommittee and the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation, on Jan. 19 released its report on whether the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and Appraiser Qualifications Criteria support or promote fairness, equity, objectivity and diversity in both appraisals and the training and credentialing of appraisers. The findings and recommendations are far-reaching, and some will require legislative action.

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Southwest and Sunbelt Markets to Dominate Multifamily Housing in 2022: Forecast

Originally published on January 19, 2022, by Phil Hall for Benzinga.

In this year’s U.S. Multifamily Index – which ranks 46 major markets on a criteria mix including the local labor market, vacancies, construction and affordability – Orlando and Las Vegas placed first and second thanks to a high-level of job creation and household formation rates – which, the report predicted, will lead to higher rates of rent growth.

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Inflation at 40-year High, Rates Could Rise: Labor Report

Originally published on January 12, 2022, by Lucia Mutikani for Reuters.com

U.S. consumer prices increased solidly in December as rental accommodation and used cars maintained their strong gains, culminating in the largest annual rise in inflation in nearly four decades, which bolstered expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates as early as March.

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CRE Price Growth Up Last Year; 2022 Could See Double-digit Increases, Index Shows

Originally published on January 11, 2022, by Michael Tucker for Mortgage Bankers Association.

Green Street, Newport Beach, Calif., said its commercial property price index increased 24 percent in 2021 with robust price appreciation occurring in virtually every corner of the CRE market.

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Commercial Real Estate Tenants Say They Plan to Expand Next Year, Report Shows

Commercial real estate tenants say they are more likely to increase their space next year than decrease it, with around 70% reportedly looking to expand, the Visual Lease Data Institute reported Nov. 10 in its new commercial real estate outlook. Most tenants and landlords expect rent prices to be the same or slightly higher next year.

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Hotels in City Centers Still Struggle as Other Hospitality Properties Recover: Data

Originally published on September 22, 2021 by Shira Petrack for Placer

Our latest whitepaper analyzes the tourism and travel recovery following a year and a half of extraordinary challenges. We dove into foot traffic data for cities, states, hotels, airports, and tourist attractions across the countries to understand how the pandemic impacted – and continues to impact – these critical industries. 

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LEED-certified Assets Cost More to Build, Command Higher Prices: Cushman & Wakefield

Originally published by Jacob Albers and David Bitner for Cushman & Wakefield.

As investor interest in ESG strategy rises, LEED-certified office provides a key indicator on comparative performance By 2023, 80% of investors intend to incorporate ESG into their strategy.

As demand for ESG-committed assets has grown, a key question has arisen: do these assets perform the same or better than their non-ESG peers? If so, is it possible to quantify this difference?  

Key takeaways:  

  • LEED-certified buildings have consistently achieved higher rents compared to their non-LEED counterparts. 

  • Attaining ESG commitment through LEED certification does come at higher cost through construction or renovation.  

  • LEED-certified assets outperform during recession-recovery periods. 

  • The pandemic accelerated tenant demand for ESG assets. 

  • LEED-certified assets held a 21.4% higher average market sales price per square foot over non-LEED buildings during the past three years. 

  • Sustainable assets are still fairly niche, with LEED certification accounting for just 2.5% of the total urban office inventory in the United States.   
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