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Rising Interest Rates Raise Outlook for Apartments

Source: connect.media | Re-Post MNM Partners, LLC 10/31/2018 – 

Though mortgage interest rates remain historically low, the average 30-year fixed rate reached its highest level since 2011. Rising mortgage rates in conjunction with home values that have appreciated more than 64% over the same time period are discouraging many potential homeowners from making offers due to their inability to afford mortgage payments, according to research by Marcus & Millichap.

The impact of higher rates has “taken a bite out of the for sale housing demand,” Marcus & Millichap’s Hessam Nadji told CNBC, noting that since 2011 consumers have favored renting over owning, which has “put demand for rentals on steroids.”

Marcus & Millichap reports multifamily vacancy has hit a 17-year low, and there’s limited supply. Nadji pointed out that there’s supply of high-end product in 10 to 12 markets, but overall the nation faces limited supply. Nadji says, that’s led to rent growth in apartments and the sector has done well, and will continue to do so since people are not buying.

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