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Successful real estate investments require having the right product in the right market at the right time. Each week, MPF Research analysts highlight the latest apartment occupancy and rent growth statistics as well as other key performance indicators for rental housing.


Affordable Multifamily Supply is Squeezed by Development in the Conventional Market

As fundamentals remain strong in the U.S. apartment market, developers continue to ramp up construction of conventional properties. But this building spree could be having an inadvertent effect on the affordable housing sector – and not in a way that results in additional affordable units. Instead, the historically high levels of conventional apartment construction have […]


The House Advantage: Using Probabilities to Improve Performance

The goal of active management is to leverage internal human capital and generate excess returns over an appropriate benchmark. In order to outperform consistently, an active portfolio manager must be strategic, creative, analytical, but above all else, he needs to tap into an innate advantage. This piece introduces the idea of using historical probabilities to […]


Pittsburgh’s Once-Hot Apartment Market Has Gone Cold

Pittsburgh ranked among the nation’s top-performing apartment markets from 2010 through the first half of 2012 – posting big rent hikes and minimal vacancies. But since then, it’s been a very different story. What happened?


What Does the Construction Date Reveal about the Apartment Stock?

Real estate investors are obsessed with numbers – recent sales, price per unit, cap rates, lease comps – the list goes on. But the obsession goes beyond the numbers. By trying to accurately predict the future, investors look at each data point as an opportunity to read between the lines to gain insight and an […]

Hedging Houston

Hedging Houston

Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to a Revenue Slowdown in the Houston Apartment Market The stunning decline in oil prices during the past year has Houston real estate investors on edge. The obvious worry is that slower employment growth will reduce demand for commercial and residential real estate. As a result of weakening demand, the […]

St Louis

Apartment Demand Tailwinds Remain Restrained in St. Louis

Job growth in St. Louis recently hit a nine-year high. But even at that pace, St. Louis remained below the U.S. average for job growth on a relative basis. Combine that with other structural headwinds, and the St. Louis apartment market remained a subpar performer in 2014.

Millennials in Suburbs

Why Millennials are Migrating to the Suburbs

America’s shift to the urban core has grabbed headlines in recent months. The glamour of big-city lights and high-rise apartment living seemingly have captivated many demographics, especially millennials, and overshadowed the suburbs. Away from the neon and glitter, the street lights in the ‘burbs are far from flickering. Submarkets close to city centers and farther […]


Will Completions Slow Orange County Apartment Rent Growth?

Ongoing apartment construction in Orange County totals just over 7,100 units, with 4,498 of them found in properties scheduled to complete in 2015. This year’s deliveries, then, will mirror the 4,428 units added in 2014, with both of these annual tallies way above the 2,300 or so units of new supply typical on an annual […]


Can San Antonio’s Apartment Sector Catch Up With Its Texas Peers?

San Antonio has been the consistent laggard among Texas’ major apartment markets. Will that change at all in 2015? And will the state’s declining energy fortunes have any impact on San Antonio? Miss part of our series on the Texas apartment market? Catch up on the latest news here: Part 1: Houston Part 2: Dallas/Fort […]


Will a Drop in Energy-Related Tax Revenue Slow Down Austin?

As the Texas capital, Austin is largely dependent on state government … and the tax revenue stream to support it. With energy prices falling and energy exploration declining, how will Austin be impacted? And how does the economic forecast shape the 2015 outlook for the Austin apartment sector? Miss part of our series on the […]

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