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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 07/13/2020


Jul 13, 2020 by Marc Rapport

In Today’s News

Rescue Capital Heading Off Opportunistic CRE Investors?

Rescue capital programs are ramping up to rush much-needed liquidity to distressed commercial real estate, adding competition for investors seeking to take advantage of depressed prices among prime properties.

Why it matters: More money moving in can push up prices and make good deals harder to find for individual investors. That’s good if you’re the seller, of course.

CMBS Loan Delinquencies on the Rise

The delinquency rate for loans held by commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) neared record territory in June and may still be rising, according to data from Trepp. An accompanying blog highlights four major properties in distress.

Why it matters: CMBS investments are used to provide liquidity to both lenders and investors, for one thing, and liquidity is a grease that helps keep the commercial hub humming. The last time CMBS and their residential real estate-backed counterparts hit these delinquency levels was during the Great Recession, so these are metrics worth watching.

Coronavirus Curtails Plans for Renters Eyeing Their Own Home

A survey of 7,000 renters by RentCafe’ speaks to how the pandemic has pummeled plans for potential homebuyers. The listing site says 43% of the renters who said they were ready to buy a home this year before the pandemic hit say they’ve changed their plans.

Why it matters: We certainly hope this falling tide doesn’t sink all boats. Renters who want to become homeowners aren’t just American Dreamers, they’re an important part of the housing market that helps support home prices and successful neighborhoods.

Today on Millionacres

3 Ways COVID-19 Could Change Real Estate Investing

Millionacres’ Maurie Backman takes a look at how the pandemic has altered demand and space requirements in the commercial market, and the desirability of apartment living.

Why it matters: The pandemic has roiled all markets for real estate investors in ways that have yet to fully materialize. Whether long-term or short-term, these trends deserve the attention of those whose money is riding on them.

Industry Concentration Helps Define Resilient and Vulnerable Cities

A new study parses federal employment data and other metrics to explain what makes a housing market relatively resilient or vulnerable in these troubled times.

Why it matters: The report from home co-buyer Unison is an easy read that provides well-researched insight into places where investors might want to look, or look out.

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