Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 Market Update Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Multifamily Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Multifamily Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that is driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.
Top Multifamily Market to Watch: Miami, FL
In spite of its relatively mixed economic and job market trends, the Miami region boasts some of the nation’s strongest multifamily fundamentals. The vacancy rate in the fourth quarter of 2014 was less than 4%, according to Chandan Economics’ tracking of mortgage-financed properties, and increased only slightly in the first quarter of 2015. The tight market has supported annual rent growth of more than 6%. Investors should factor slower gains in underwriting potential investments. A moderating pace of rent growth, in part reflecting new inventory of 5,000 units in 2015, characterizes the near-term outlook.
One of the key sources of capital for the renewal of Miami’s economy and real estate market has been foreign capital, from Latin America, and also from France and Russia. Unfortunately, it is unclear whether foreign investment will keep to its strong pace over the next year. If nothing else, the stronger greenback has rendered US assets significantly more expensive than just 12 or 24 months ago. Local and national players could uncover opportunities to buy value- add opportunities during a lull in cross-border capital inflows.
To read more on Miami and other top multifamily markets, download the full version of the 2015 Multifamily Market Update report here.
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