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Top 10 Equity-Rich Places in the USA

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Latest Rates

Loan Type

Rate

Daily Change

Weekly Change

52-Week Range Low/High

30 Yr. Fixed

7.16%

+0.01%

-0.12%

6.49% / 8.03%

15 Yr. Fixed

6.64%

+0.01%

-0.11%

5.90% / 7.35%

30 Yr. FHA

6.62%

+0.01%

-0.08%

6.00% / 7.44%

30 Yr. Jumbo

7.40%

+0.01%

-0.08%

6.34% / 8.09%

7/6 SOFR ARM

7.33%

-0.01%

-0.02%

6.11% / 7.55%

30 Yr. VA

6.64%

+0.02%

-0.08%

6.02% / 7.46%

Real Estate Trends

Interest Rate Cap Costs Are Surging Again link

  • Interest rate caps are critical for managing risks on floating rate loans, but their costs have been climbing steeply since 2020. This surge complicates financial planning for commercial real estate owners, pushing them to delay acquisitions and refinancing.

  • As benchmark rates like SOFR increase, the fees for these caps have escalated, directly impacting transaction costs. In 2023, these rising costs began to severely hinder more commercial real estate transactions.

  • The market's reliance on interest rate caps in a volatile economic environment underscores their importance. However, the increasing costs are making financial strategies more challenging for property owners, affecting their ability to manage risk effectively.

Zillow April Rent Report Analysis link

  • U.S. rents rose slightly by 0.6% in April, reaching near $2,000, as they have grown 31.4% since the start of the pandemic. This slow increase is close to the pre-pandemic average for this time of year, indicating a stabilization in rental price growth.

  • The income required to afford renting without financial stress has surged to nearly $80,000 annually, up over 36% from five years ago. This increase highlights the widening gap between wage growth and rent costs, affecting affordability.

  • Despite a general rise in rents, the growth in multifamily home rents has been more moderate compared to single-family homes, with a year-over-year increase of 2.8% versus 4.8%. This suggests that multifamily units might be a slightly more stable rental market segment in current conditions.

Strong Apartment Demand Closing Gap With Supply Influx link

  • The multifamily sector saw significant resilience with strong demand driving up net absorption. This led to the third-strongest first quarter in over 20 years, even amid concerns of overbuilding.

  • In the first quarter of 2024, around 73,700 new apartment units entered the market. Despite the influx, net absorption remained high at 52,200 units, showing robust demand.

  • The gap between new supply and demand is narrowing, with some markets achieving near parity. Future deliveries and new construction are expected to decrease, which may further balance the market dynamics.

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Location Specific

West Region Inventory Growth Trails U.S. Average link

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  • Apartment supply in the West region hasn't kept up with the national average. While the U.S. saw a peak annual inventory growth of 5.9% in early 2023, the West region's peak was slightly lower at 5.3%.

  • Growth trends diverged significantly post-pandemic. By early 2024, the U.S. recorded a 4.9% growth in apartment inventory, whereas the West managed a more modest 4.5%, still robust by historical standards.

  • The Sun Belt has seen more rapid expansion. This region's increase in new apartment deliveries starkly contrasts with the West's steadier pace, emphasizing regional differences in development activity.

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