CBRE EA Blog: Deconstructing CRE

  • A change to EA's Apartment methodology

    Apr 27, 2018, 12:57 PM by Matthew Vance
    The apartment data we published today features revised historical time series, prompted by growth in the dataset. As our providers continue to expand their metro sample sizes and their overall geographic coverage, we have enhanced our aggregation methodology to give us greater flexibility in incorporating the new data...
  • Apartment supply: What a market needs

    Mar 30, 2018, 13:27 PM by Matthew Vance
    Although many U.S. apartment markets and submarkets are seeing elevated supply trends soften their fundamentals, in some cases this is needed supply and these are the natural “growing pains” of densifying, maturing cities.
  • Market Affordability: Looking ahead

    Feb 23, 2018, 15:29 PM by Matthew Vance
    I recently moved from Boston to Denver and the difference in cost of living served as a welcome income multiplier. I'm not alone in that experience: strong push and pull factors are underpinning U.S. demographic and migration trends (and the local economic strength of markets like Denver, Austin, Nashville, Phoenix and more).

    So what lies ahead for affordability?
  • The homeownership rate vs. U.S. apartment performance

    Oct 19, 2017, 16:03 PM by Matthew Vance
    Which markets are more likely to experience change in homeownership, and why? How will multifamily performance respond?
  • The rise of non-traditional rent concessions and their impact on returns

    Sep 27, 2017, 12:51 PM by Matthew Vance
    It’s no surprise that concessions are on the rise in many multifamily markets, and operators and developers are increasingly turning to non-traditional concessions. Here we show how such concessions can have a material impact on returns.
  • A Tale of Four Markets: The causes of changing rent growth

    Jul 27, 2017, 09:50 AM by Maximilian Saia
    With Q2 2017 data finally in, we can take a fresh look at how rent dynamics have changed so far in 2017, and note some patterns in our forecasts.
  • Has real estate been a good hedge against inflation? Will it be in the future?

    Jul 21, 2017, 13:06 PM by Bill Wheaton
    Real estate cap rates' decline alongside government interest rates over the past 30 years has buoyed returns, with property values at pace with inflation but property net income falling behind. If cap rates begin to rise, appreciation could vanish.
  • How much do transit access, proximity to downtown, and retail density influence multifamily rents?

    Jul 7, 2017, 14:15 PM by Matthew Vance
    Observing that apartment assets near light rail stations achieve higher rents and revenue than others, we looked into whether that proximity confers the advantage, and whether other factors play a part.
  • Supply is (still) coming. Where it’s concentrated matters.

    Jun 23, 2017, 14:47 PM by Maximilian Saia
    On the strength of the current and future apartment construction pipeline, headlines and commentary are all over the place: It's common to see "boom," "explosion" and "surge" characterizing the current environment, even as reports assert that not enough housing is being built and that much more multifamily housing will be needed to keep up with demand. Which narrative is correct?
  • Apartments: Are development trends hurting the new and the high-end?

    May 24, 2017, 23:46 PM by Matthew Vance
    In many markets with mature development pipelines, newer assets' effective rent growth is decelerating significantly.
  • Apartment rents: Unpacking the statistics

    Feb 9, 2017, 08:22 AM by Matthew Vance
    New York City drives a lot of trends, including our calculation of rent growth for the Sum of Markets. Year-over-year effective rent growth was 0.2% in Q4; though it's meant to represent the national trend, for most of us, that figure doesn’t exactly fit our experience. So, how did we arrive at 0.2%?


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