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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 06/18/2020


Jun 18, 2020 by Marc Rapport

In Today's News

Mortgage Rates Hit Another All-Time Low

Freddie Mac has been tracking mortgage rates since 1971. They've never been this low: an average of 3.13% for a 30-year-fixed note, 2.58% for 15 years. Purchase demand is the highest in a decade, too, the big GSE says.

Residential Construction Starts Edging Back Up

After nearly screeching to a pandemic-induced halt, residential construction starts rose 4.3% in May for an annual adjusted rate of 974,000 units, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ulta (NASDAQ: ULTA), Sephora, and the Struggle for Pandemic Survival

Beauty supply stores are typical occupants of strip centers and malls and important tenants for many a commercial real estate investor. Check out this in-depth look at whether virtual product testing can help save the two biggest names in this space.

Today on Millionacres

Proactive Response Can Help as Tenants, Buyers Stay Put for Now

Millionacres' Maurie Backman parses a new report that shows many tenants and homebuyers putting off making a move until next year, and she shares some tips for attracting tenants in this time of COVID-19.

3 Reasons Why EPR Properties Will be Just Fine

This real estate investment trust (REIT) focuses on movie theaters, entertainment centers, golf attractions, waterparks, and more. The pandemic has nearly stopped its rental income, but that's temporary. Millionacres' Matt Frankel explains why he's still high on this stock, if you don't mind roller coaster rides.

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Marc Rapport has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Ulta Beauty. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.