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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.


U.S. Apartment Rent Growth Levels Further Accelerate in Q2

Going into 2015, most prognosticators expected apartment rent growth levels to ease. Halfway into the year, the opposite has occurred. Year-over-year growth in new leases hit a new high for the cycle in Q2 2014, boosted by rapid acceleration in late-recovery markets combined with continued strength elsewhere.


All Millennials Are Renting, and Other Millennial Myths

MPF Research economist Shane Squires discusses his recent research into the much-discussed, but often-misunderstood Millennial generation.


Top 4 Reasons Why Rent Growth is Booming in Denver

Three to five years ago, few would have picked the Denver apartment market to perform as well as it has. But with nation-leading rent growth, strong economic and demographic tailwinds and a structural shift in the single-family market, the Mile High City apartment market is firing on all cylinders. Starting in late 2010, the Denver/Boulder market […]


Is Denver’s Apartment Market Strength Extending to Colorado Springs?

The apartment sector in Colorado Springs has followed a pattern quite different from the consistent strength seen just north in Denver. But more recently, Colorado Springs has notched some impressive numbers.


High-Rise v. Garden-Style: Examining the Path to Prosperity

Modern times offer exciting opportunities for direct real estate investors. With properties across the spectrum realizing a significant growth trajectory, real estate investments can offer both attractive returns and diversification benefits. Specifically, apartments offer a long track record of favorable risk-adjusted returns, a higher dividend payout ratio and healthy growth of net operating income (NOI) […]


The Retail, Light Rail Premium: Denver Apartment Market Case Study

In the apartment industry and other types of real estate, location is paramount. Amenities offered in a given area will almost always trump what apartment developers can feasibly develop within a community. For that reason, developers and prospective apartment owners flock to hot locations intensely analyzing available land or existing communities to determine if the […]


An Inside View on Real Estate Profit Margins

Earnings matter. This is as true in energy, industrials and consumer staples as it is in real estate. After all, people invest in real estate to make money. As a result, MPF Research thought it would be interesting to view real estate performance in terms of net profit margin similar to the way corporate profitability […]


Orlando’s Apartment Market is Heating Up

Like many other markets, elevated apartment supply volumes are doing little to slow down momentum in Orlando. In fact, the market is back around recent highs for both occupancy rates and rent growth.


What Clues Does the Bond Market Provide for Real Estate Investors?

Wayne Gretzky’s famous quote, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been,” is as applicable to real estate as it is to hockey. A forward-looking view is beneficial when it is grounded in empirical data that offers predictive power. To that end, we find that leading economic indicators […]


U.S. Apartment Rents Surge Again in May – Topping April’s Record

U.S. apartment rental rates jumped 6.5% in May 2015 – breaking the previous high for this cycle set just one month earlier. Momentum was seen in rents for both new residents and for renewing renters, up 8.4% on new leases and 5.1% on renewals. The May numbers mark three straight months of better-than-expected rent growth […]

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