Multi-Family News on multihousingnews.com

The multi-family housing market is a viable market segment in many metro areas as people move in from the suburbs to be closer to work and to entertainment. I scanned many articles and blogs on multihousingnews.com and am here sharing with you some of the statistics I found for our Texas market.

Austin

According to the “Austin Multi-family Report – Spring 2019 and an article on the “Top Multi-family Completions in Austin,” both by Anca Gagluc in the Multi-Housing News, the Austin multi-family market had a strong year in 2018 with rent growth of 4.5% despite 11,000 units coming online. The 11,000 units that were constructed and rented in 2018 were in the upscale lifestyle segment and the 20,500 units underway in 2019 are also targeted for that same segment of the market. 

The largest multi-family projects delivered through the end of May 2019 included

  • Bexley Round Rock, 330 Units, Round Rock
  • Hillstone at Wolf Ranch, 332 Units, Georgetown
  • Latitude at Presidio, 337 Units, Cedar Park
  • Crestview Commons, 353 Units, Austin
  • Terra, 372 Units, Austin

Multi-family housing can come in several classifications, affordable, lifestyle, senior, student, or worker housing. Most of the inventory discussed here is in the Lifestyle segment. A multi-family unit in the lifestyle segment is one that offers amenities that improve your daily life. These may be as simple as open areas and great walking trails or more expensive shared amenities like a stable, fitness center, or sauna and pool. The lifestyle property is supposed to enhance your life. It is in effect a neighborhood, or a community. Lifestyle communities are generally upscale in price, can even be luxurious, and often do not meet the need for affordable housing.

Austin added 36,800 jobs in 2018, up 3.5 % from the previous year.  Occupancy rates for Austin multi-family housing rose to 94.4% as of March 2019 and rent growth was 3.7% percent through April 2019.

Dallas-Fort Worth

According to the “Dallas Multi-family Report – Spring 2019” from Anca Gagiuc in Multi-Housing News, the Texas multi-family market continued to show plenty of supply, dampening rent growth, which was 2.8% year-over-year through March, slightly below the U.S. average.

More than 26,800 units were delivered in 2018 with an additional 44,700 underway as of March 2019.  The metro remained a nation leader in job creation last year, adding 102,500 positions for 2.6 percent expansion. Last year’s multi-family transaction volume was $5 billion.  Investors have already traded nearly $900 million in multi-family assets in the first quarter of 2019 at a per-unit-price of $105,032. The average Dallas-Fort Worth rent is expected to rise 4.3% in 2019.

Houston

According to the “Houston Multi-family Report – Spring 2019” from Laura Calugar in Multi-Housing News, the Houston multi-family market showed rent growth on a downward slide, but the market was still strong, underpinned by employment gains and economic expansion. Houston’s occupancy rate was 92.4%, down 140 basis points from the previous year, fueling fears of overbuilding.

Houston added 72,600 jobs in the 12 months ending February 2019. Last year’s transaction volume was $5 billion.  Roughly 14,000 units were under construction as of March 2019, most of that geared to high-income residents. The average Houston metro rent is expected to rise 2.2% in 2019.

REI Capital Resources is a funding source for SFR Fix-n-Flip, Fix-to-Rent, and Refinance projects as well as larger commercial projects such as office buildings, 5-40 door multi-family buildings, and many others.  These programs vary wide and far throughout the gamut of lending. Call or e-mail for more information.

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Home Affordability Update

According to Realtor.com’s May 2019 monthly housing trend report, the national median listing price for a home sets a new record at $315,000.  Despite the continued rise in home prices, rising wages, more inventory, and declining mortgage rates, have made 74 of 100 metro areas more affordable to buyers in their market.

“…the boost in affordability has yet to translate into more home sales perhaps because. while the shift in trend is welcome, the current monthly savings are small and some buyers are waiting for markets to tip further in their favor.”

Danielle Hale, chief economist at realtor.com

The top ten cities showing the biggest improvements in availability of affordable homes also added decreasing listing price. The ten include:

Charlotte, North Carolina, median home price $329,450

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, median home price $350,000

Austin, Texas, median home price $369,995

Cape Coral-Fort Meyers, Florida, median home price $299,900

Portland, Oregon, median home price $474,975

Atlanta, Georgia, median home price $335,00

Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida, median home price $231,500

San Francisco-Oakland, California, median home price $954,500

Des Moines, California, median home price $288,000

San Jose-Sunnyvale, California, median home price $1,167,444 000.

This data is not telling us that that there are more homes in the lower prices for first-time home buyers. According to the realtor.com report, the number of houses below $200,000 decreased 8% year-over-year, and the number of houses priced above $750,000 increased 11%.

The data is telling us that the price of homes in a specific metro area market, when compared to the price in the same market, became more affordable over the past year to the residents in that market. The market itself may still be a very pricey market, but the buyers in the market with increased income and lower interest rates are more able to afford the median home.

San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas was also one of the 74 metro areas that became more affordable over the last year with a median home price of $295,000. Houston-The Woodlands et al, Texas metro area registered no change year-over-year with a median home price of $324,945.

So affordable homes in the lower prices are still needed to round out the market and where there is a demand, investment will follow.

REI Capital Resources is a direct lender as well as a broker of funding solutions. We offer short and long-term financing options and are eager to support your project with funding.

Please give me a call when you find that perfect real estate investment and know how much money you need. We are “focused on funding your success.”

Patrick St.Cin
512-213-2271
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West, East, Central: Where to Invest

According to the 2019 Americas Investor Intentions Survey, CBRE,

The Top Ranked (Tier I) Metros for Investment in the Americas include

  • West
    • Seattle, San Francisco/Northern California, Los Angles/Southern California
  • East
    • Miami/South Florida, Washington D.C., New York, Boston
  • Central
    • Chicago

The Tier II Metros for Commercial Investment include

  • West
    • Portland, San Diego, Denver, Phoenix
  • East
    • Atlanta
  • Central
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston

Tier III Metros for Commercial Investment include

  • West
    • Las Vegas
  • East
    • Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg
  • Central
    • Nashville

In Canada: Toronto

In Latin America: Mexico City

Texas

Three Texas cities, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, and Houston appear in the Tier II category, the middle market. As with property classes, being in the middle has its benefits. Market sections move around. In good times and with infrastructure investment, the lower tier markets move up and in times of recessions or obsolescence, businesses in the upper tiers may relocate to cheaper markets to save money.

There is much to consider when investing in commercial real estate. Really the only thing you can tell from this data is that the investors surveyed, whatever their market, were intending to invest in these cities in 2019.

REI Capital Resources is a direct lender as well as a broker of funding solutions. We offer short and long-term financing options for your real estate investment needs.

We are “focused on funding your success!”

Patrick St.Cin
512-213-2271
Patrick@REICapital.cash 

Commercial Real Estate

Most of our fix-n-flip projects have involved residential real estate, but commercial property can also be bought and renovated as an investment with our lending tools.

The commercial market requires some scrutiny to find the best, less risky, options for your investment.

Commercial real estate is property that is used exclusively for business purposes and property that is leased out to provide a workspace rather than living space. Investopedia

According to the “2019 U. S. Commercial Real Estate Market Outlook,” by CBRE, the outlook is good for all four major commercial real estate asset types: office, retail, industrial, and multifamily and three of our Texas towns, Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas, are on their chart of the Top-10 Markets for Annual Rent Growth over the next 5 years.

On the other hand, JP Morgan is more cautious and expects more modest growth in the commercial real estate market. In their 2019 Commercial Real Estate Outlook by Alfred Brooks, they point out certain areas that are riskier than others and some that still look like good investments.

Together the two investment experts expect 6 situations to influence the market.

  • Online Consumption of All But Food: As more of today’s shoppers move online, traditional brick and mortar real estate stores and malls will be risky investments, except for traditional grocery stores, which have not yet been affected by online competition. JPMorgan
  • Online Goods Need Storage: While trade wars and possible recession affect the value of industrial property, the expansion of e-commerce creates more demand for industrial buildings that can be repurposed to store and distribute goods sold online. JPMorgan
  • More Jobs than Workers: Strong demand for modern and efficient office spaces with lots of amenities, driven by employers in their effort to keep employees in a competitive labor market will keep this market healthy as long as the spaces themselves and lease structures are flexible. CBRE
  • Upscale versus Modest Housing: Upscale multifamily housing has been overbuilt in many markets, but housing shortages still exist in affordable housing in the Class B and Class C units that cater to renters. This shortage of affordable housing makes more modest multifamily housing an attractive investment. JPMorgan & CBRE
  • Preference for Urban Living: Young people continue to live in the city and are willing to trade square footage to avoid a long commute and live where they work and play. Their preference has kept the multifamily housing market healthy. JP Morgan
  • Interest Rates: What can I say about interest rates other than interest rates affect everything, and the Fed looks like they might be raising interest rates and are unlikely to lower them unless there is a financial crisis. This situation makes this a good time to consider buying commercial real estate so you can lock in a lower rate. JP Morgan

REI Capital Resources is a funding source for large commercial projects such as office buildings, 5-40 door multi-family buildings, and many others. These programs vary wide and far throughout the gamut of lending. Call or e-mail for more information.

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References
Brooks, Alred R. JP Morgan 2019 Commercial Real Estate Outlook http://www.jpmorgan.com
https://www.jpmorgan.com/commercial-banking/insights/2019-commercial-real-estate-outlook

Chen, James, Investopedia Commercial Real Estate Definition, April 2019. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/commercialrealestate.asp

CBRE, 2019 U.S. Real Estate Market Outlook. https://www.cbre.us/research-and-reports

Beautiful Fort Worth House in the News

The home of LeAnn Behrens and David Montague in Fort Worth’s Park Hill neighborhood appears in the Wall Street Journal (wsj) three times, in film, in article, and in photos. I enjoyed all three mediums. The film was made by Rob Alcaraz. The article written by Alina Dizik, and the photos taken by Casey Woods Maddeaux.

Rebuilding After a Fire

David and LeeAnn completed their home in 2017 to replace the one that was lost in a fire when the fire in an outside grill on the deck spread to the house. This house is on the site of the old house. Out of this tragedy, the couple started from a clean slate, with the help of architect Michael Bennett, to build a home where they could display their collections and live and entertain.

A Video Tour

In the video, David leads viewers on a tour of the home from the front door with a welcoming, “Hello I’m David, welcome to our house,” as he opens the front door. The house he describes as a perfect combination for them, combines living areas, art galleries, a library, and museum in 6,000 square feet with 4 bathrooms and plenty of areas to entertain in.

David shows viewers some of the artwork displayed in the house, his collection of books, and some of the building techniques they used on the back deck, like the burned wood siding, a technique he says is from Japan. The burned wood is proper because it reminds them that the original house that stood there burned down. Also, inspired by their survival of the file are the designed-in multiple decks and multiple ways to get out of the house.

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“It Makes Sense to Us”

The art and books are all things David and LeeAnn like and have purchased. “It makes sense to us, even if it may not to anyone else,” says David when pointing out some of the art that is paired with one another in the living room. The central gallery space includes more than 20 masks and two Day of the Dead-themed portraits by multimedia artist Dolan Geiman along with a commanding bird sculpture from Africa. Photos of the house can be found at
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-fort-worth-home-built-around-a-couples-collections/

4,000 Books

Did I mention already that David Montague collects books? His collection of 4,000 books had to be rebuilt from scratch after the fire. The two-story library in his new home includes a fire place with a white plaster representation of the Continental Divide by a local artist and comfortable places to read. In the film tour, David explains that he is collecting some of the original works about the fur trade written by the original mountain men and how that inspired the Continental Divide plaster relief that extends from the first floor of the library to the second floor.

Some of the other interesting features of the house are glass walkways in the upper floor to foster a sense of connections throughout the home, a second-floor coffee bar outside the couple’s master bedroom that opens up to a second floor living room that overlooks the pool in the backyard.

A Red Stove & Day of the Dead Portraits

The pieces that really caught my eye were the red Bertazonni range that gives color to the modern grey-toned kitchen, the 4,000 books (did I say that already?), the two Day of the Dead portraits in the entry hall, and the African Ship sculpture in the living room that is just calling out to be touched.

Okay to Touch

The home does not have a “no touch” policy according to David like a museum would. David says that the art is “pretty much indestructible—they were built for a tribal setting.” As a tactile explorer myself, I am happy to hear that.

Take a look at this beautiful Texas home on the media you like best, or like me, watch, read, and view all three.

This rebuild was way more radical than a standard fix-n-flip, but don’t forget that you too can make a comfortable beautiful home out of a house, one that will hold and display your or your buyer’s treasures. I’m always on the look out for ways to make a fix and flip house stand out.

Let me know if I can be of help to you this month. I can be reached at

Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

 

References:

Dizik, Alina, 2019, A Texas Home That’s Part Library, Part Gallery, wsj

Maddeaux, Casy Woods, 2019, A Fort Worth home Built Around a Couple’s Collections, wsj photo article.

Alcaraz, Rob, 2019, A Home Built to Be a Live-In Museum and Expansive library, wsj video

Photo credit: Caroistda [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D