The short answer is no, the multifamily industry isn’t heading toward a bubble, but the long answer is more complicated. Cap rates dropped across the country in 2012 but remain above peak levels. Further, when one considers the interest-rate differential between now and the peak, cap rates are not close to being in bubble territory. That said, billions of dollars of capital have been raised to invest in multifamily, and yields in major markets are too low for most of this capital, so we’ll be watching nonmajor markets carefully to see if this glut of capital drives pricing into bubble territory. On a related note, most of the development activity in this cycle has been in major metros with high barriers to entry, but if development starts to ramp up in smaller markets, watch out. Lastly, any sudden movements in terms of either interest-rate policy or the GSEs’ role in the market could change the game entirely.
— Ben Thypin, director of market analysis, Real Capital Analytics
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Invesco Real Estate, manager of almost $50 billion of property investments, wanted to expand the number of apartment buildings it owned in Manhattan.
To do so, it had to start thinking small.The Dallas-based company, which has more than 51,000 apartments across the U.S., entered a partnership in October to buy a 48-unit property on East 86th Street for $76 million.
“It’s the smallest in any city we’ve bought,” said Greg Kraus, head of acquisitions at Invesco Real Estate.
Investors, seeking to capitalize on rents poised to surpass their 2006 peak, are buying Manhattan properties with fewer than 50 units after a surge in demand drained the market of bigger buildings. Bidding wars for the few large towers that are for sale drive prices so high that buyers in search of yield must look elsewhere, said Ben Carlos Thypin, an analyst at Real Capital Analytics Inc. Smaller properties, which tend to be older, offer opportunities for higher income after renovations, making them appealing as rent growth slows.
Read More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-20/nyc-apartment-investors-seek-big-returns-by-buying-small.html
Ben Carlos Thypin
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