Some multifamily trends revealed by NMHC

Lending for multifamily properties is improving.

A recent conference hosted by the National Multi Housing Council showed that there are some underlying trends occurring in the multifamily sector of the commercial housing market, according to MultiFamily Executive.

One industry member explained that lenders are beginning to loosen restrictions for smaller loans in order to help developments. This is because more lenders are becoming comfortable with a higher level of loan to cost deals, the news source reported.

In addition, experts noted that increasing rents could scare off younger renters in a similar fashion that the recession hurt rental levels. Many young people are unable to afford increases, and jumps in price could force them to move back home, according to the news source.

Also, more commercial property managers may have seen that more younger women are renting compared to their male counterparts. This is partially because a sizable portion of males have opted to move home, the news source said. Furthermore, more than one-third of women between the ages of 25 and 34 who rent have at least a bachelor's degree.

Regardless, most of those industry members who attended the conference were positive about the future of the industry, the news source added. Over the next few years, commercial real estate should continue to climb, they said.

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