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Apartment and Condominium Market Bounces Back to Positive Territory in Second Quarter

Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing improved in the second quarter of 2019, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The MMS produces two separate indices. The Multifamily Production Index (MPI) increased 16 points to 56 compared to the previous quarter. Meanwhile, the Multifamily Vacancy Index (MVI) fell eight points to 40, with lower numbers indicating fewer vacancies.

The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condo market on a scale of 0 to 100. The index and all of its components are scaled so that a number below 50 indicates that more respondents report conditions are getting worse than report conditions are improving.

The MPI is a weighted average of three key elements of the multifamily housing market: construction of low-rent units—apartments that are supported by low-income tax credits or other government subsidy programs; market-rate rental units—apartments that are built to be rented at the price the market will hold; and for-sale units—condominiums. All three components posted gains in the second quarter: The component measuring low-rent units increased nine points to 56, the component measuring market rate rental jumped 22 points to 64 and the component measuring for-sale units rose 19 points to 50.

The MVI measures the multifamily housing industry’s perception of vacancies in existing apartments. It is a weighted average of current occupancy indexes for class A, B, and C multifamily units, and can vary from 0 to 100, where a number under 50 indicates more property managers believe vacancies are decreasing than increasing. With a reading of 40, this is the lowest reading since the second quarter of 2017.

“Overall, builders and developers are reporting increased confidence in the multifamily housing market,” said Gary Campbell, CEO of Gilbert G. Campbell Real Estate in Lowell, Mass., and chairman of NAHB’s Multifamily Council. “However, they still have to deal with the high cost of land, labor and regulation, which could impact future production.”

“Historically, the MPI and MVI tend to move one to three months ahead of U.S. Census figures for multifamily starts and vacancy rates, but in the second quarter we saw positive gains in both the NAHB and Census measures at the same time,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “This is a sign of solid demand for multifamily housing in the second quarter, which was supported by low unemployment and a healthy number of household formations.”

For data tables on the MPI and MVI, visit www.nahb.org/mms.

For more information on the NAHB Multifamily program, please visit NAHB Multifamily: https://www.nahb.org/en/members/committees-and-councils/councils/multifamily-council/nahb-multifamily.aspx.

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Future Residents Get Ready for their Move to Hamilton Tower

Future Residents Get Ready for their Move to Hamilton Tower

PITTSBURGH (STL.News) – Future residents got their first look at Hamilton Tower at Providence Point on Sunday, July 28. The Phase II expansion of Providence Point in Pittsburgh’s Scott Township neighborhood involved additions, changes, and improvements throughout the Providence Point campus, as well as construction of the 70-unit apartment tower, Hamilton Tower.

The expansion began two years ago with a groundbreaking on June 14, 2017 for Providence Chapel. That beautiful new space for worship and reflection was completed last winter.

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Celebrity Homes: Matthew Perry’s Jaw-Dropping Los Angeles Penthouse Is For Sale

Celebrity Homes: Matthew Perry’s Jaw-Dropping Los Angeles Penthouse Is For Sale

POMPANO BEACH, CALIF. (STL.News) – ‘Friends’ superstar Matthew Perry is no stranger to real estate deals and over the last ten years, in addition to acting, writing and producing, has been buying, restyling and reselling some fabulous California homes. The most recent that has come to market is a glamorous 40th-floor apartment in the celebrity-filled, paparazzi-proof, 42-story Century condominium. Perry purchased the apartment, which covers the entire 40th floor of the building, right after selling another stunning home in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills Bird Streets in 2017.

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Black Sheep Realty Sets a Record by Selling a $4.6 Million Estate in the Stagnant Market of The Highlands in Pacific Palisades

Black Sheep Realty Sets a Record by Selling a $4.6 Million Estate in the Stagnant Market of The Highlands in Pacific Palisades

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (STL.News) – Black Sheep Realty, a boutique Real Estate Brokerage Service covering the coastal areas of Southern California, just sold the estate located at 1449 Cuesta Linda Drive in The Highlands, Pacific Palisades, a market that has been stagnant for close to two years with almost no sales reaching the $4 million mark.

According to Alejandro Szita, lead agent of Black Sheep Realty, the median sales price in The Highlands is around $2.5 million, and homes within that range sell in 21 days average when priced not more than 3 percent over market.

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3G Capital Advisors Facilitates $179.2 Million in Freddie Mac Loans Between Greystone and Watermark J&L Partners

3G Capital Advisors Facilitates $179.2 Million in Freddie Mac Loans Between Greystone and Watermark J&L Partners

IRVINE, Calif. (STL.News) – 3G Capital Advisors, LLC, a boutique real estate advisory firm focused on developing creative capital solutions for its partners, announced today the closing of $179.2 million in permanent financing for Watermark J&L Partners, LLC originated through Greystone and provided by Freddie Mac. The loans will refinance a portfolio of four multifamily communities with a total of 1,188 units in Arkansas, Colorado and Texas.

“A core element of our mission at 3G Capital Advisors is to leverage our experience, expertise, and relationships to maximize debt and equity opportunities for our partners,” said Christopher Hilbert, chief executive officer of 3G Capital Advisors.

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