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Phoenix apartment market remains red-hot; fueling influx of new capital, spike in transactions

It isn’t just temperatures in the Phoenix metro that are scorching; the multifamily rental market is hot as well. And vigorous demand is coming from both renters and investors.

Investors are snapping up apartment properties and paying hefty prices. In the first half of 2019, buyers spent $3.72 billion on 94 Phoenix-area apartments, a 41.8 percent jump from the first half of 2018. Sales in the $50 million and greater range accelerated the most.

What are the driving factors behind strong demand?
Phoenix is the fastest-growing city in the U.S., according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Phoenix saw an increase of 25,288 new residents between 2017 and 2018, topping all other U.S. cities.  One reason for that growth: Phoenix remains more affordable than many other large U.S. metros. Many people are flocking to the Valley from high-cost, high-tech cities like Los Angeles and San Diego.  And Phoenix boasts a thriving job market including a fast-growing, high-paying tech sector.

Other booming industries include bioscience/healthcare and financial services. In fact, the Phoenix metro led the U.S. for new jobs created from May 2018 to May 2019 with 66,500 non-farm jobs, representing 3.2 percent job growth, according to a new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Another 60,000 new jobs are forecast in 2019.

Robust net migration and job production are fueling the increased demand for new housing in Phoenix. This has led to a multifamily development boom. Developers delivered nearly 2,000 new units in the first quarter of 2019, well ahead of the 2018 pace, and another approximately 10,500 units are in the pipeline.

Despite new construction, Phoenix’s rents remain among the fastest-growing in the U.S. The metro ranked in the top two for the past several years for apartment rent growth. The average rent was $1,105 in the first quarter 2019, up 9.5 percent year over year. Phoenix is forecasted to be a top contender for U.S. rent growth again in 2019. The market also boasts a healthy 94.7 percent occupancy rate.

Meanwhile, Phoenix single-family home prices are expected to hit record highs in 2019 as home appreciation continues to climb.

New capital floods the apartment market
Historically, investors from California have pursued Phoenix apartment assets. But now there is a surge in new large investors from Colorado, Texas, Seattle and Portland. There is significantly more capital in the Phoenix-area market than multifamily properties to acquire, and most deals have upwards of 10-12 offers.

Another factorfueling strong transaction activity is the capital markets. The 10-year Treasury yield over the last 90 days has fallen dramatically, meaning financing for apartments is approximately 100 basis points lower than a year ago. Some of the largest players in the market are both buying and selling assets, even though pricing has increased significantly. This is because the debt they can obtain on new acquisitions is markedly cheaper.

The median price of Phoenix apartments pushed higher to start the year. In the first quarter, it was $136,700 per unit, a 15 percent jump from 2018. The average cap rate compressed by 5 percent and for some newer properties, it is as low as 4.5 percent.

New product emerging on the outskirts
Over the past five years, most new multifamily development has been infill projects in East Valley, Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe and downtown and midtown Phoenix. However, a new emerging product type is low-density “Single-Family Rental Communities” with 4,400 units stabilized, in lease-up or under construction, and another 2,900 units in the pipeline.

These “lock-and-leave” units are being developed on the city’s peripheral in communities like Goodyear, Gilbert, Buckeye and Peoria, which historically, have seen little new construction. Land is less expensive on the outskirts than urban infill markets and single-level development costs are cheaper.

While urban infill continues, costs continue to rise. Single-Family Rental Communities represent an attractive property type that feels more like a community, with a backyard and no one living above or below. Accordingly, they are drawing strong rents. The two largest renter profiles for this new product are downsizing baby boomers and the more experience-driven millennials.

Baby boomers can live in a home similar to what they are accustomed to without the maintenance headaches and having to tap into their retirement savings for a big down payment. Meanwhile, millennials like the flexibility of a lease, yet want the comfort of a home rather than a high-rise.

What does the future look like?
The Phoenix multifamily market expects to continue to boast strong performance in 2019 and 2020.  Experts anticipate continued rapid rent growth, healthy absorption, strong development activity and an extended run of low vacancy rates. The apartment investment market got off to a quick start to 2019, which has paved the way for what will likely be another dynamic year.

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Tucson Q2 Multifamily Market Report: Vacancy Holds Steady, Rents Rise at Mid-Year

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Tucson Q2 market snapshot
  • The Tucson multifamily market recorded its strongest second quarter in approximately 10 years. Vacancy is low and rents are rising, supporting new development and rising property sales prices. As construction accelerates in the second half, there could be some leveling off of market fundamentals.
  • Vacancy in Tucson was 5.9 percent in the second quarter, holding steady during a period where the rate typically pushes higher. The current vacancy figure is 40 basis points lower than the rate one year ago.
  • Asking rents reached $804 per month, a 7.1 percent year-over-year increase. The increase from the first quarter to the second quarter was 1.3 percent.
  • Prices pushed higher and more apartment properties sold during the second quarter, but activity levels continued to trail year-earlier volume. The median price thus far in 2019 is up to approximately $74,800 per unit, while the average cap rate is a tick under 6 percent.

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James DuMars celebrates 25 years with the company

James DuMars in our Phoenix office celebrates 25 years with the company this week! He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family, and he’s known for his ability to recall the details of a deal — even ones closed years ago. Thanks for being part of the team, James!

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Phoenix Q2 Multifamily Market Report: Rents Continue their Upward Climb

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Q2 Phoenix multifamily market snapshot
  • The Greater Phoenix multifamily market posted healthy performance during the second quarter. Renter demand is being fueled by continued hiring and with absorption active, rents are pushing higher at an accelerating pace. Asking rents ended the second quarter at $1,139 per month, up 3.1 percent from the first quarter and 9.8 percent higher than one year earlier.
  • Vacancy ticked up 30 basis points in the second quarter, reaching 5.6 percent. The current rate is down 20 basis points year over year.
  • Developers delivered approximately 2,100 apartment units to the market during the second quarter, similar to the total that came online in the first quarter. The number of units currently under construction has increased.
  • Sales of apartment complexes accelerated during the second quarter, and cap rates remained flat at an average of approximately 5 percent.

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Tucson Q1 Market Report: With Rents on the Rise, Cap Rates Compress

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Tucson market report indicators for 1Q 2019
  • Operating conditions in the Tucson multifamily market strengthened during the first quarter. Vacancies tightened and rents rose. Apartment completions have been limited to this point but are forecast to accelerate.
  • The vacancy rate dipped 20 basis points in the first quarter to 5.9 percent. This is just the second time in the past 10 years that the rate has fallen below 6 percent.
  • Asking rents continued on their upward trajectory, ending the first quarter at $794 per month. Rents have increased by 8 percent in the past 12 months.
  • The investment market was mixed to start the year. The number of sales retreated, but prices rose and cap rates compressed. The median price reached $62,300 per unit, while cap rates dipped into the mid-5-percent range in transactions that closed during the first quarter.

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CoStar presents NorthMarq with 2018 Power Broker Awards for Top Sales Broker and Top Sales Firm

CoStar recently announced its 2018 Power Broker Awards, celebrating the top CRE firms and brokers in the United States. NorthMarq’s Shane Shafer, managing director of NorthMarq’s Los Angeles office and Taylor Snoddy, managing director of NorthMarq’s Dallas office were recognized as Top Sales Broker in their markets. NorthMarq’s Phoenix and Dallas offices each earned a place in the ranks of Top Sales Firms in their markets.

Shafer and Snoddy were recognized for achieving high levels of sales transaction volume in their regions. The Top Sales Broker award distinguishes individuals based on the CoStar market in which the individual is located and is calculated using pricing information from closed sales transactions contained in CoStar’s COMPS database.

See Shafer’s listing here.

See Snoddy’s listing here.

The Phoenix and Dallas offices were listed due to their high levels of sales transaction volume in 2018. The Top Sales Firm award is bestowed upon recipients based on the CoStar market in which the company is located and is calculated using pricing information from closed sales transactions contained in CoStar’s COMPS database.

See the Phoenix listing here.

See the Dallas listing here.

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Phoenix Q1 Market Report: Sales Activity Spikes as Rents Continue to Rise

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Q1 Market Indicators for Phoenix
  • The Greater Phoenix multifamily market started 2019 with a continuation of the prevailing trends from 2018. Renter demand for apartments was strong, construction continued at a fairly steady pace, and rents posted another quarter of sizeable increases.
  • Vacancy fell 40 basis points during the first quarter, reaching 5.3 percent. The rate is unchanged from one year ago.
  • Asking rents rose by nearly 3 percent in the first quarter, and at $1,105 per month, are up 9.5 percent year over year. The Phoenix metro area is forecast to lead the country in rent growth in 2019.
  • Developers delivered nearly 2,000 apartment units during the first quarter, and approximately 10,500 additional units are currently under construction.
  • Apartment property sales accelerated in the first quarter, and activity is well ahead of last year’s pace. The median price pushed higher to start the year, and the average cap rate has compressed to approximately 5 percent.

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Tucson Q4 Market Report: Sales Activity Accelerates in Larger Transactions

Highlights

Tucson Q4 market indicators
  • The Tucson multifamily market posted strong performance to close 2018. Rents rose during the fourth quarter, and more apartment properties sold at higher prices.
  • Vacancy inched up 10 basis points during the fourth quarter. Despite the rise in the final few months of the year, the vacancy rate ended 2018 at 6.1 percent, down 20 basis points for the full year.
  • Asking rents spiked 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter, reaching $786 per month. Rents posted an annual increase of 7.8 percent in 2018, building on a gain of 6 percent in 2017.
  • The investment market heated up as the year came to a close, with sales activity accelerating and prices pushing higher. Cap rates dipped by about 30 basis points in 2018, averaging approximately 6 percent for the year, while the median price surged to $57,500 per unit. Cap rates averaged approximately 5.5 percent during the fourth quarter.

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Phoenix Q4 Market Report: Rent Growth, Employment Gains Fueling Phoenix Apartment Market

Highlights

Phoenix Q4 2018 market report indicators
  • The Greater Phoenix multifamily market closed 2018 on a high note, with vacancy remaining low and rents posting significant increases. Renter demand remains strong enough to keep vacancy tight even as new units are delivered.
  • Vacancy was 5.7 percent at the end of the fourth quarter, matching the rate from the third quarter. The rate declined by 10 basis points in 2018, following a 20-basis-point improvement in 2017.
  • Greater Phoenix continues to record some of the strongest rent increases in the country. In 2018, asking rents spiked 8.9 percent, reaching $1,074 per month. Rents rose 1.7 percent during the fourth quarter, a typically slow period for rent growth.
  • Apartment construction slowed during the fourth quarter, and deliveries in 2018 lagged levels from 2017. Projects totaling more than 11,000 units are currently under way, and deliveries will likely pick up in 2019.
  • Sales of apartment properties slowed a bit in the fourth quarter, but transaction velocity in 2018 was nearly identical to 2017 levels. Sale prices pushed higher, with the median price reaching $120,000 per unit. Cap rates compressed in 2018, averaging 5.2 percent for the year and 5 percent in the fourth quarter.

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NorthMarq Multifamily expands manufactured housing team with addition of sales expert Chris Michl

NorthMarq Multifamily announced today that Chris Michl has joined its national manufactured housing team, which is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

In his new role at NorthMarq, Michl will use his business expertise to market manufactured housing communities and identify buyers and sellers of the asset class. He will also work to expand the team’s presence outside of its primary focus in the southwest.

Michl arrives at NorthMarq after five year in staffing/recruiting companies, where he facilitated staffing needs by identifying and recruiting talent. His experience includes developing strategic partnerships, assessing business requirements and analyzing client satisfaction.

“Chris is a great addition to our manufactured housing team,” said Trevor Koskovich, president – NorthMarq Multifamily. “With his diverse sales experience, he brings a great new perspective to our clients and our business.”

Michl graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors in Business Management and is originally from the Chicago area.

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Phoenix Q3 Market Report: Apartment Rents Remain on an Upswing

Report highlights:

  • 3QResearchReport-PHX_Indicators_250pxConditions in the Phoenix multifamily market strengthened during the third quarter. Vacancy tightened and rents spiked. The investment market responded to the favorable fundamentals with an uptick in sales activity.
  • Vacancy in Phoenix fell 10 basis points during the third quarter, reaching 5.7 percent. The rate is unchanged from one year ago and has remained in a tight range since 2016.
  • Rents continue to rise at a rapid rate. Asking rents rose 1.8 percent from the second quarter to the third quarter, reaching $1,056 per month. Asking rents have surged 8 percent during the past 12 months.
  • Apartment deliveries have been on the rise, with more than 2,500 units coming online in the third quarter. Completions have topped 6,300 units year to date.
  • Investment conditions were mixed during the third quarter, with activity picking up as the median price crept lower. Cap rates have remained very consistent throughout the year, averaging 5.3 percent.

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Tucson Q3 Market Report: Apartment Market Strengthens as Job Growth Gains Steam

Report highlights:

  • 3QResearchReport-Tucson_Indicators_250pxThe Tucson apartment market improved during the third quarter with vacancy dipping and rents posting strong gains. The market is being supported by an accelerating pace of employment growth.
  • Vacancy dipped by 30 basis points in the third quarter, ending the period at 6 percent. The current vacancy rate is 50 basis points lower than one year ago.
  • Asking rents posted another quarterly increase in excess of 2 percent. During the past 12 months, asking rents have spiked by 6.8 percent, reaching $767 per month.
  • Investment conditions cooled a bit during the third quarter with sales velocity slowing and the median price inching lower. Year to date, the median price is $50,000 per unit, while the average cap rate is just under 6 percent.

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Commercial Executive Magazine features NorthMarq Multifamily $17 Million Sale as Deal of the Week

Commercial Executive Magazine interviewed Bill Hahn and Trevor Koskovich of NorthMarq Multifamily on the recent sale of Urban 188 Apartments. The 188-unit multifamily property, located at 1601 West Camelback Road in Phoenix, Arizona, sold this month for $17 million. The NorthMarq Multifamily team of Bill Hahn, Trevor Koskovich and Jesse Hudson represented both the seller and the buyer in this transaction.

Q: Location was a major component in this deal. What other factors played into the success of this transaction?

A: The fact that the property had just undergone a complete renovation, with all new HVAC units, kitchen appliances and flooring, among other systems. Also, easy light rail access encourages a young, upwardly-mobile tenant base.

Q: Urban 188 was a turn-key asset, does this type of property appeal to most of your investors?

A: Actually, no. Most buyers active today are looking for properties where they can add value by making physical improvements or management improvements, thereby increasing revenue. This particular buyer purchased Urban 188 because he believed in the organic rent growth that would come from the location and other factors mentioned in #1 above.

Hudson also noted that the property’s proximity to the light rail will likely improve property values as it encourages redevelopment and gentrification of the surrounding areas.

Urban 188 apartments, built in 1970, comprises 188-units situated on 22.30 acres. The community is a blend of 57 percent studios units, 42 percent one-bedroom, units and 1 percent two-bedroom units. The property, located on the south side Camelback Road east of 17th Avenue, is near manufacturing and warehousing employment along Interstate 17. Urban 188 is also located along the Metro light rail line with a station located just two blocks west at the intersection of 19th Avenue and Camelback Road, providing easy access to downtown Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa.  The immediate neighborhood surrounding Urban 188 comprises a mixture of single-family homes, multifamily projects, and commercial developments.

Urban 1601 Property LLC, of Phoenix, Arizona, was the buyer. 1601 W. Camelback Rd. LLC, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was the seller.

See the full story here.

The 188-unit Urban 188 apartments is located at 1601 West Camelback Road in Phoenix, Arizona

The 188-unit Urban 188 apartments is located at 1601 West Camelback Road in Phoenix, Arizona

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Koskovich joins panel at InterFace Phoenix Multifamily Conference

Trevor Koskovich, leader of our investment sales business, is among the experts that will share insights into the current state of the market and where it’s going in the next 12 months at the InterFace Phoenix Multifamily conference on September 11.

Expert Insights: Trevor Koskovich, InterFace Phoenix Multifamily Conference, September 11, 2018

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Hahn, Koskovich recognized as Broker Team of the Month in Commercial Executive Magazine

NorthMarq Multiifamily’s Bill Hahn and Trevor Koskovich were recently recognized as Broker Team of the Month in the July/August issue of Commercial Executive Magazine. The team’s submission was prepared and presented by Willmeng Construction. Partners since 2007, multifamily professionals Bill Hahn and Trevor Koskovich have been riding the highs and lows of the Valley’s commercial real estate market for more than a decade. “I remember meeting Trevor for the first time over a lunch in Old Town Scottsdale,” Hahn recalls. “We hit it off and we had a plan.”

Starting Points

Early in 2018, Hahn and Koskovich moved their entire 10-team member operation from Colliers to NorthMarq Capital. The firm is an industry leader in commercial real estate finance with annual production volume of $13 billion and a loan-servicing portfolio of $52 billion on behalf of more than 50 institutional investors and the government-sponsored entities (GSE’s). “We realized this would be a good alliance,” says Koskovich, President of newly created NorthMarq Multifamily Investment Sales group. “We each had what the other wanted.”

Background

Hahn, Executive Vice President of NorthMarq Multifamily Investment Sales, and Koskovich, came to the commercial real estate industry on vastly different paths. “I entered the business with Marcus & Millichap in the early 1980s,” says Hahn. Koskovich, on the other hand, entered the arena with an entrepreneurial energy, having sold two companies he started. “I believed commercial real estate would be a great industry for me,” he says. “I interviewed every firm in town to fi nd out which would be the best fit.” Sperry Van Ness proved the right launching pad for Koskovich. “I knew that working with Bill was ultimately going to offer me the most opportunity and room to grow,” he says. At 27, Koskovich had little idea of the obstacles looming on the horizon. “The market was ready to fall off a cliff. I recall the best advice I gave him,” says Hahn. “He told me, stop talking to owners of commercial real estate and start talking with the lenders,” says Koskovich.

Read what led the Multifamily team to NorthMarq and how they  plan on paving the road going forward!

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Phoenix Rising: James DuMars and Jesse Hudson featured in Western Real Estate Business

These days, it is more than just the temps that are white hot in Phoenix. Competition among both buyers and lenders is heating up in the Phoenix apartment market.

Transaction volume is down from levels set in 2016, but demand is stronger than ever with a record high level of buyers and capital in the market. The common complaint is that there are more buyers than there are for-sale properties.

It is not unusual to have eight to 12 qualified bidders on a deal – twice the number that existed a few years ago. NorthMarq recently brokered a 200-unit, Class C, value-add sale in Phoenix that drew 12 offers with five going into a best and final. At the end, there were four very credit-worthy bidders who all had offers in within $100,000. The financing available for the acquisition was a 10-year fixed rate of 4.40 percent, 75 percent LTV and an initial five-year, interest only.

The main driver behind this appetite for apartments is that buyers see a good growth story. Phoenix has come a long way since its housing bubble burst more than a decade ago. The metro is enjoying strong employment and job growth with more than 50,000 plus jobs being created and 80,000-plus new residents moving to the area annually.

Read why the Phoenix market will remain incredibly competitive for both lenders and investors here.

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NorthMarq Multifamily featured in GlobeSt.com’s Middle Market Digest

Bill Hahn, Trevor Koskovich and Jesse Hudson of NorthMarq Multifamily in Phoenix and Cynthia Meister of NorthMarq Multifamily in Albuquerque negotiated the sale of Lincoln Heights Apartments in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The transaction was featured in GlobeSt.com’s Middle Market Digest. The 184-unit multifamily property sold for an undisclosed purchase price. The NorthMarq Multifamily team represented the buyer and seller in the transaction. Read the full transaction announcement.

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Phoenix office recognizes long-standing relationship with developer/redeveloper and philanthropist, Michael Pollack

NorthMarq Capital’s James DuMars recently celebrated his office’s decade-long relationship with Phoenix area developer/redeveloper and philanthropist, Michael Pollack. After more than 20 years (and 100+ transactions) of working together, DuMars noted “Michael is a very loyal man, you can’t take a relationship like that for granted. We have a wonderful business relationship built on honesty and respect.” Read the full story here.

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James DuMars featured in National Real Estate Investor

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James DuMars addressed hot-topic items in the retail sector in a recent National Real Estate Investor article titled “Lenders Still Willing to Finance Retail, but Be Prepared for Extra Security.”

The article covers how it’s not entirely business as usual in a retail sector that’s been hit by a double whammy of rising e-commerce sales and shifting consumer shopping patterns. Check out the full story here.

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James DuMars featured in Commercial Executive Magazine

James DuMars authored a featured article in Commercial Executive Magazine titled “Let the Good Times Roll.” In the story, DuMars highlights the annual CREF conference, as well as hitting on high-interest topics including: debt funds gearing up to fund construction/JV Equity/mezzanine loans, securitization, CMBS trends, life companies and agencies. See the full story here.


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