Saturday, December 06, 2014

Overvaluation Feared as Cap Rates Keep Shrinking

Overvaluation Feared as Cap Rates Keep Shrinking
Many industry vets wonder if today's investment market is getting a little too overheated.
By: Les Shaver, Multifamily Executive

How low can they go?

From 2005 through 2006, apartment cap rates hit a floor of 6.2 percent multiple times, before spiking back up to 7.2 percent after the credit crisis of late 2008, according to Real Capital Analytics (RCA).

But cap rates found a new bottom this year. In the third quarter of 2014, they fell to 5.9 percent, an all-time low, according to RCA. While there may not be a cataclysmic event like the 2008 financial crisis on the horizon, some apartment investors and owners are beginning to wonder if some buyers may be getting too aggressive.

While he still sees strong fundamentals, David Schwartz, CEO of Chicago-based Wateron Associates, is concerned some investors may be too reliant on interest rates staying low.

“It’s a great time to lock 10-year money today,” he says. “A lot of people are floating everything. That is generating good yields but it has risk.”

Matt Lester, the founder and CEO of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Princeton Enterprises, thinks buyers who overpaid in the top markets may ultimately have a shorter lifespan because of overly optimistic rent growth predictions.

“There have been deals that got done, where any blip in performance or any unforeseen hurdle, could cause their acquisition or venture to tank,” he says. “I think we’re past the peak in cap rate compression.”

Not everyone has such dire predictions, but they’re prepared if multifamily has passed its peak in the cycle, which is now five years into recovery.

“If I’m paying the same cap rate in the fourth inning of a recovery as I am in the seventh inning, I don’t feel as comfortable,” says Bobby Lee, president and COO of Los Angeles-based JRK Property Holdings. “You have little bit less of runway. Pricing may have been the same as year ago, but know you have one less year of this outsized growth."

If buyers don’t realize that, Lee thinks they could be in trouble.

“To me the fundamentals of multifamily won’t kill multifamily,” Lee says. “Unless there is massive overbuilding in a market, what can kill multifamily is if you buy too expensively and overleverage. The price and value of what you pay for today is probably your single biggest risk on a micro basis.”

Sunny Days Ahead?

While even observers like Schwartz might have questions about certain deals, there are a couple of notable differences in today’s market versus the mid 2000’s.

Positive leverage on deals (with cap rates trending higher than interest rates) and strong demand (the last cycle saw high moveouts to home ownership) gives the apartment business a boost it didn’t have last time.

“I still think the fundamentals are terrific and the stars are aligned from the standpoint of capital,” says Mark Alfieri, CEO of Plano, Texas-based Monogram Residential Trust. “I don’t see anything in multifamily sector from a supply or demand standpoint that has me concerned right now.”

When judging cap rates, observers usually look to the risk premium, or the spread between cap rates and the 10-year Treasury. And right now, things are solid on that front.

“The spreads between rates and treasuries are still pretty wide and the outlook for NOI is pretty good right now,” says Ben Thypin, director of market analysis at RCA.

Brian E. McAuliffe, senior managing director for Los Angeles-based CBRE Group, is maybe even more bullish. While oversupply, a spike in treasuries, or a political event could push up cap rates, he points to demographics (Millennials moving into higher paying jobs), positive job growth, and a sluggish single-family markets as factors that could continue pushing cap rates down.

“There has been a lot of discussion about whether we we’re in the seventh inning or eighth inning of the recovery,” he says, going back to the baseball analogy. “Given where performance was on the supply side, there is a significant amount of experts who think we’re in the fourth and fifth inning of multifamily performance.”

Multifamily Executive
Boise Idaho Investment Properties

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Boise home prices return to 2008 levels


Boise home prices return to 2008 levels

Median housing prices nationwide – and in Boise – are at the highest rate since 2008, according to statistics released by RealtyTrac, a leading housing data source.
Ada County’s average home price for 2014 is $209,900, a 6 percent increase over last year, according to the Ada County Association of Realtors.

RealtyTrac pegs the national median sales price for October at $183,000, up 16 percent from a year ago to the highest level since September 2008.

“I think around 200,000, 205,000, 210,000 is the right place for us to be right now,” said Marc Lebowitz, executive director of the Ada County Association of Realtors.
Ada County bottomed out at $146,000 in 2011.

Combining Ada and Canyon Counties, RealtyTrac placed Treasure Valley among 21 cities deemed to have “lost steam” with home price appreciation from October 2013 to October 2014. Home appreciation in Boise-Nampa stumbled from 23 to 0 percent in the last year, the lowest among all the “losing steam” cities that include nine California metros and Phoenix.

Lebowitz, however, sees a half-full glass with home price appreciation.

“We are ahead of the timeline,” he said. “Our prices increased ahead of theirs, ours fell sooner than theirs and our recovery is starting sooner than theirs.”

Lebowitz believes home appreciation in Boise is starting an upward trajectory while other “losing steam cities may still see drops in home appreciation rates.”

Boise, however, is ahead of the nation on foreclosures. It is seeing half the foreclosure rates of the country as a whole. Foreclosures among outstanding Boise mortgages in September were at .8 percent, down from 1.47 percent in September 2013, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic.

The national foreclosure rate was 1.6 percent, CoreLogic reported.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Kennedy Wilson Acquires 324-Unit Apartment Community in Boise

Kennedy Wilson Acquires 324-Unit Apartment Community in Boise

YTD acquisitions for Company and its equity partners exceed $3 billion as global multifamily portfolio tops 20,000 units

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov 13, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Global real estate investment and services firm Kennedy Wilson (NYSE: KW) today announced that the Company purchased Reflections at River’s Edge, a 324-unit apartment community located in Boise, Idaho for $29.75 million investing $15.3 million of equity in the transaction (including closing costs). The Company also assumed debt of $15.2 million through Fannie Mae at a fixed rate of 5.3% with 5-years of interest only remaining.

“We are extremely excited to begin our presence in the Boise market with the acquisition of Reflections at River’s Edge,” said Kurt Zech, President of Kennedy Wilson Multifamily. “Boise is a strong, stable market with unemployment well below the national average. Employment and population growth has been very strong and have outpaced the national growth rate over the past decade.”

Reflections is located in the West End neighborhood of Boise. The property sits on a picturesque lake and is located 1.5 miles from downtown Boise. The adjacent greenbelt bike path provides tenants with easy access to Downtown and Boise State University. Immediately north of Reflections, a large parcel will soon be developed into a multi-use regional park. The Esther Simplot Park is a 55-acre property that includes 17 acres of ponds and will include fishing ponds, picnic areas, green spaces, public amphitheater and a whitewater park.

Kennedy Wilson’s global multifamily portfolio now totals 20,007 units. Real estate related acquisitions by the company and its equity partners year-to-date total more than $3.0 billion, which includes approximately $2.3 billion acquired by Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc.

About Kennedy Wilson

Founded in 1977, Kennedy Wilson is a vertically integrated global real estate investment and services company headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, with 25 offices in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Spain, Jersey and Japan. The company, on its own or with partners, invests opportunistically in a variety of real estate related investments, including commercial, multifamily, loan purchases and originations, residential, and hotels. Kennedy Wilson offers a comprehensive array of real estate services including investment management, property services, auction, conventional sales, brokerage and research. For further information on Kennedy Wilson, please visit www.kennedywilson.com.

SOURCE: Kennedy Wilson

Kennedy Wilson
Christina Cha, 310-887-6217
VP of Corporate Communication
ir@kennedywilson.com
www.kennedywilson.com

Copyright Business Wire 2014


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Multifamily Holding Strong!

Multifamily Holding Strong!

The national apartment market strength is not slowing down though many predicted it would. As national effective rent growth reached a 35 month high in September, occupancy remained above 95 %.

September’s effective rent growth of 4.3%, the strongest since the 4.4% of October 2011, is a 22-basis-point (bps) increase from August 2014's 4.1% and a 131-bps difference from September 2013's 3.0%.

Year-to-date (YTD) effective rent growth decreased by 2 bps to 5.5% in September, which is not surprising given the trends of the recovery period. YTD rent growth has peaked in August or September during the past four years and then declined somewhat before the end of the year.

 Meanwhile, YTD effective rent growth was stronger than any other post-recession year for the sixth straight month and is still stronger than the 5.2% recorded for the first nine months of 2010 and 2011.

National occupancy declined by 10 basis points from August’s 95.2% to 95.1%, the second highest rate since Axiometrics started reporting on a monthly basis in April 2008.

Historically, occupancy peaks in August or September, so the market appears to be following its seasonal pattern, but at a higher level.

This apartment cycle – which began in 2010 –  is already longer than the last one (2004 -2008), and the market continues to perform strongly. The apartment sector’s strength is surprising to many analysts, especially so deep into the current cycle.

The main factors driving this cycle’s second peak include the growing number of prime renters, those between 20-34 years old, and the fact that these renters are unwilling or unable to purchase homes.

The population in the prime renter cohort is larger than in the last cycle. Also, the home ownership rate has decreased from the last cycle. The prime renter age group is either not willing to or not able to purchase a home.

Ten years ago, the prime renter age group population (red bars in the chart below) was smaller. This cohort was also more interested in owning homes.

Another reason for the spike in rent growth at the beginning of the current cycle is that supply and demand were misaligned. Rent growth really started to pick up when the economic recovery began and job growth accelerated. Meanwhile, little, if any, new apartment supply was being delivered. Now that new units are being delivered, job growth and rent growth are more in balance.

-Axiometrics Inc.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

JUST LISTED - 7.25%+ Cap 13 Unit Apartment Building Caldwell ID blocks from College of Idaho

Indiana Avenue Apts. Thirteen Unit Apartment Building close to College of Idaho in Caldwell. Eight units on main floor with highly desirable townhouse style 2 Bedroom and 1 bath units. Four lower level apartments and one exterior apartment; all 2 bedroom 1 bath units. Low vacancy rates; vacant units typically pre-rented. Located close to business corridor between Nampa and Caldwell; shopping, employment centers, movie theater/restaurant complex, etc. Convenient coin operated laundry in building. Click here for listing for listing information.



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Friday, October 03, 2014

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know


Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know

Price Your Home Realistically From the Start

94.3 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

The largest number of showings will occur in the first couple of weeks, so don’t turn these potential buyers off with an unrealistically high price!

Keep Your House Clean, Tidy and De-cluttered

91.4 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

It pays to keep your home in excellent shape at all times. You never know when a buyer might walk through the front door!

Work With an Agent Who Excels at Online Marketing

90.7 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.6 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Work with an agent who will do a good job marketing your home online. Your agent should take at least 6 listing photos and write a compelling listing description for your home.

Make It Easy to Show Your Home

90.3 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Make it as easy as possible for agents to show your home to clients. Don’t require appointments to be made weeks in advance or severely limit possible showing times.

Don’t Sign With an Unqualified Buyer

87.8 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.6 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Don’t sign a purchase agreement with an unqualified buyer. It’s not unreasonable to expect buyers to bring pre-approval letters (or proof of funds for cash purchases) to show they can buy your home.

Listen to Your Agent!

83.9 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.8 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Listen to your real estate agent! Find an agent you can trust and follow their advice and recommendations as closely as you can.

Make Small Upgrades to Your Home

83.6 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.2 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Make small upgrades to help your home sell for top dollar. These upgrades can include applying a fresh coat of paint, replacing door handles, curtains and cabinet hardware, fixing leaky faucets and cleaning the grout.

Work With an Agent Who Follows the Competition

82.4 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

1.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Work with an agent that will closely follow your competition. Your agent must be familiar with other properties on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood.

Stage Your Home’s Exterior

76.0 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Stage the exterior of your home: Spruce up the landscaping, trim vegetation, clean walkways of debris and apply fresh coats of paint to the house, fence and deck.

Don’t Insist on the Asking Price

72.0 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

3.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Don’t insist on selling your house for your asking price, its appraised value, the tax assessor’s estimate, or what you paid for it – your house is ultimately worth what the buyer is willing to pay for it!

Alert Family and Friends

67.7 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.6 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Alert your friends, relatives and neighbors that your home is on the market via email and social media. They may forward your home’s listing to buyers they know.

Make Your Home Move-In Ready

66.6 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.9 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Make your home move-in ready before it hits the market, so buyers know they won’t have a to-do list if they buy it.

Brighten Up Your Home

64.8 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

1.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Maximize the amount of light in your home. Take down drapes, clean windows and cut bushes to let sunshine in.

Clear Out Your Closets

63.1 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

1.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Because storage space is an important consideration for buyers, take half of the stuff out of your closets and neatly organize the rest.

Don’t Take the First Offer

59.4 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

3.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Don’t get over-excited when you get an offer! Examine each offer carefully and take your time deciding if you want to accept it.

De-Personalize Your Home

57.9 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

2.6 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Personal items make it harder for buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Put family photos, trophies, memorabilia and other personal keepsakes in storage.

Don’t Over-Upgrade

56.6 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

1.7 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project just before you put your house on the market.

Conceal Your Pets

52.8 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

5.5 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Pets give the impression your house isn’t clean, so hide them, their litter boxes, food dishes and toys during showings.

Don’t Work With the First Agent You Find

51.8 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

5.9 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Interview multiple agents before choosing one to work with. Select your agent based on their marketing plan, experience, work ethic and communication skills.

Hire a Professional Listing Photographer

37.1 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

16.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Hire a professional photographer to take pictures of your home if your agent doesn’t do so. Professional listing photos only cost $100-300 and can increase your home’s sale price by up to $19,000.

Throw Buyers a Bone to Close Escrow Quickly

29.5 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

10.8 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

If you want a speedy and hassle-free escrow, throw your buyer a bone (like an early closing or a one-year home warranty) if they ask for one. You want to be in their good graces during escrow and after the sale.

Offer Up Extras to the Buyers

17.0 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

14.7 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Offer to leave behind items as extras, like high-end appliances and electronics, or if you live on a golf course, your golf cart.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
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Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
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