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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 10/20/2020


Oct 20, 2020 by Marc Rapport
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Electing affordable housing, student housing "black swan," Amazon and CRE, housing starts, and an mREIT to consider.

In Today's News

How the Election Could Impact Affordable Housing

This piece on GlobeSt.com looks at policy statements and practices and concludes that while either Trump or Biden could choose to make housing affordability a priority in their administration -- and either could make a big impact -- each candidate would certainly use different methods.

Why it matters: The multiple ways affordable housing can attract, reward, or tax private investment could see some real change, whether the incumbent or challenger wins the White House.

COVID-19 Called 'Black Swan' for Student Housing, but Outlook Is Promising

Occupancy rates were notably down for student housing this fall, understandably, but that could well prove to be an aberration. That's one takeaway from a panel discussion co-hosted by the National Multifamily Housing Council.

Why it matters: Student housing around major universities has become a big business to a lot of investors, including the industry's only real estate investment trust (REIT) focused exclusively on that niche. A comeback would help a lot of portfolios.

The Potential Benefits of Amazon's Expansion into CRE

This piece from Trepp is a quick drill down into the widespread impact the e-commerce giant is increasingly having on more areas of commercial real estate, including retail, lodging, and office space.

Why it matters: Millionacres has mentioned Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) multiple times in our coverage of REITs, especially for its use of warehouse and, potentially, empty mall space. This is a good read to consider the topic from other perspectives.

Today on Millionacres

Census/HUD: Housing Starts Continue to Surge

Single-family construction starts continue their strong growth, according to the federal government's latest report on that closely watched metric.

Why it matters: Residential construction is of considerable importance, both to the economy at large and the people who invest and/or live in those communities. The pandemic could yet put a damper on this boom, but so far it hasn't after the initial spring shutdowns.

Is This the Safest Mortgage REIT You Can Buy?

Millionacres' Reuben Gregg Brewer takes a good look at Broadmark Realty Capital (NYSE: BRMK) and concludes that while its yield might be less than its direct peers, its promise might be better.

Why it matters: mREITs are a different animal than retail, industrial, data center, and the other trusts that populate this investment realm. Besides offering insight on Broadmark itself, Reuben provides a primer on what mREITs are about in general.

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John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Marc Rapport owns shares of Amazon. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.