Why Is the Fed Singling Out CRE Prices Now?

By Erika Morphy | National WASHINGTON, DC—The Federal Reserve Bank'sSemiannual Monetary Report to Congress is, at heart, the presentation of what developments the Fed believes are significant to its decision-making about monetary policy and to a larger extent, the US economy. So in that respect it should not have been that much of a surprise that the Fed singled out rising commercial property prices as one of the metrics it is watching in its latest report released last week. After all, property valuations and the way these loans were packaged and sold were at the heart of 2008's financial meltdown. But on the other hand it was something of an eye-raiser. Prices have been rising steadily alm

MultiFamily Rent Growth Posts Best Showing Since 2011

By Paul Bubny | National DALLAS—Annual quarterly effective rent growth for US apartments reached 5.0% for the first time in four years, says Axiometrics. As a further indicator of multifamily’s ongoing strength, all of the top 50 markets tracked by the Dallas-based research and analysis firm showed positive quarterly effective rent growth in the second quarter, compared to 36 markets in Q1 of this year and 14 markets in Q4 of 2014. “We’ve been seeing steady 5% rent growth in our monthly reporting, so the quarterly number is right on track,” says Stephanie McCleskey, VP of research at Axiometrics. She adds that Q2 is traditionally strong for apartment rent growth, “as school has ended and wea

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