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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 2/9/21

[Updated: Feb 09, 2021] Feb 09, 2021 by Marc Rapport
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Houston warehouse glut, uptown housing prices boom, affordable housing attracts new investor love, eviction and foreclosure fears fall, and Crown Castle's 5G ambitions.

In Today's News

Houston Warehouse Construction Risks Creating Glut

The Wall Street Journal [subscription required] reports today that the rush to build warehouses to accommodate the e-commerce boom is pushing vacancies up and rents down in this huge Texas market.

Why it matters: The warehouse boom is going to run into its market limits. Perhaps that's beginning to happen, at least in America's fourth-biggest city. And why should it be alone here? Real estate investors, take note.

Housing Prices Boom in U.S. Cities -- Just Not San Francisco or New York

Bloomberg [subscription required] reports today that beyond pricey New York and San Francisco, real estate demand is booming in downtowns across America.

Why it matters: This piece uses Redfin (NASDAQ: RDFN) data to inform real estate investors -- and everyone else -- that low rates and high hopes for a post-pandemic boom are driving sales in cities big and small, and some considered unlikely not too long ago, Detroit being the big "for instance" here.

More Types of Investors Are Targeting Affordable Housing reports today that affordable housing is now gaining favor among a broader spectrum of equity sources, including HNWIs (that's an acronym for high-net-worth individuals; i.e., really rich folks) and a recently formed real estate investment trust (REIT).

Why it matters: This piece wraps up the reasons as well as the avenues investors are using to tee up cash in a sector that had long been seen as a niche play.

Today on Millionacres

Fewer Households Fear Eviction, Foreclosure: But They're Still in the Millions

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported this week that 5 million households failed to pay their rent or mortgage in December and that 2.3 million renters and 1.2 million mortgagors feel they're at risk of eviction or foreclosure or could be otherwise forced to move in the next 30 days.

Why it matters: The financial stress of the pandemic continues to hit Americans hard while the vaccine rollout adds hope that a recovery is looming. That recovery is desperately needed to put people back to work so they can pay their rent and mortgages and return in person to businesses that desperately need their business.

This Infrastructure REIT Just Supercharged Its 5G Ambitions

Crown Castle International (NYSE: CCI) has signed a new long-term agreement with Verizon to support its 5G Ultra Wideband and 5G Nationwide deployment.

Why it matters: Millionacres' Matthew DiLallo explains that along with being a significant marker in the national rollout of 5G, the deal itself makes Crown Castle an even more compelling candidate for some investment cash.

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Marc Rapport has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Crown Castle International and Redfin and recommends the following options: short February 2021 $40 puts on Redfin. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.