REAL ESTATE ADVICE
Redfin | June 27, 2022
Demand for vacation homes has fallen below the pre-pandemic baseline for the first time in two years, with mortgage-rate locks for second homes down 4% from before the pandemic in May, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. That’s down from a revised rate of 3% above pre-pandemic levels a month earlier, and 70% above pre-pandemic levels a year earlier.
Demand for second homes is declining due to high home prices, mortgage rates that have rapidly risen to nearly 6% and a slumping stock market–factors that are also cooling the rest of the housing market. Another deterrent to second-home buyers is the fact that the federal government increased loan fees for second homes in April, adding roughly $13,500 to the cost of purchasing a $400,000 home.
Skyrocketing monthly payments, along with higher loan fees, have priced many second-home buyers out of the market. Many would-be second-home buyers are also deterred by turmoil in the stock markets, high inflation and recession fears, and they can be quicker to pull back from the market because vacation homes aren’t a necessity the way primary homes are. The cooldown in the second-home market is likely to continue as long as mortgage rates are elevated and the stock market is slumping.”
Taylor Marr,Redfin Deputy Chief Economist
The drop in vacation-home demand marks a drastic change from the second half of 2020 and 2021, when mortgage-rate locks for second homes skyrocketed due to record-low mortgage rates and the flexibility to work from anywhere thanks to remote work. Demand peaked in March 2021, when it was about 90% above pre-pandemic levels.
Interest in vacation homes started declining sharply in February as mortgage rates began their ascent. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate reached 5.81% in the week ending June 23.
Redfin is a technology-powered real estate company. We help people find a place to live with brokerage, instant home-buying (iBuying), rentals, lending, title insurance, and renovations services. We sell homes for more money and charge half the fee. We also run the country's #1 real-estate brokerage site. Our home-buying customers see homes first with on-demand tours, and our lending and title services help them close quickly. Customers selling a home can take an instant cash offer from Redfin or have our renovations crew fix up their home to sell for top dollar. Our rentals business empowers millions nationwide to find apartments and houses for rent. Since launching in 2006, we've saved customers more than $1 billion in commissions. We serve more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada and employ over 6,000 people.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
ExchangeRight | May 13, 2022
ExchangeRight, one of the nation's leaders in diversified real estate investments and strategies, has fully subscribed its $134 million Net-Leased Portfolio 52 offering, which features 449,424 square feet of retail, medical, banking and pharmacy tenants. The portfolio was structured to generate accelerating investor distributions starting at an annualized rate of 6.00 percent.
Net-Leased Portfolio 52 launched with 10-year, fixed-rate interest-only financing at 3.465 percent. The $134,280,000 offering contains 26 single-tenant properties over 15 states ranging from the southwest to the northeast United States. CVS Pharmacy, Dollar General, Walgreens, Tractor Supply Company and Family Dollar stores as well as First Midwest Bank have multiple locations in the portfolio. Dollar Tree, Fresenius Medical Care, Hobby Lobby, Natural Grocers, Octapharma and Sam's Club also have locations in the 100-percent-occupied portfolio.
We are pleased that the diversity and size of our newest DST allows us to accommodate the wealth management needs of investors seeking resilient passive income. We are honored by the trust that investors and their representatives and advisors continue to place in us for their wealth management and retirement needs with each offering we fully subscribe. We are proud to provide another ExchangeRight offering intended to produce stable income through economic cycles, defer taxes, preserve wealth and provide a strategic exit for our investors."
Warren Thomas, a managing partner at ExchangeRight
ExchangeRight and its affiliates' vertically integrated platform features more than $4.9 billion in assets under management, diversified across more than 1,100 properties, more than 20 million square feet and throughout 46 states. More than 6,800 investors have trusted ExchangeRight to manage their capital. All of the company's current and past offerings have met or exceeded targeted cash flow distributions to investors since the company's founding. The past performance of ExchangeRight and its previous offerings does not guarantee future results.
ExchangeRight pursues its passion to empower people to be secure, free and generous by providing REIT, fund and 1031 DST portfolios that target secure capital, stable income and strategic exits. The company strategically syndicates net-leased portfolios of assets backed primarily by investment-grade corporations that successfully operate in the necessity-based retail and healthcare industries, as well as diversified value-add portfolios of inline and outparcel retail spaces shadow-anchored by strong-performing grocery tenants.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Capital Square | June 17, 2022
Capital Square, one of the nation's leading sponsors of tax-advantaged real estate investments and an active developer of multifamily communities, announced today the acquisition of Hunter's Chase, a 320-unit apartment community in the Richmond suburb of Midlothian, Virginia. The community was acquired on behalf of CS1031 Hunter's Chase, DST.
This is Capital Square's twelfth acquisition of a multifamily community in the Richmond area for the DST/1031 exchange program. The Richmond area enjoyed 12% rent growth over the last year, driving cash flow and residual value. Capital Square is a prolific buyer of apartment communities in the Mid-Atlantic region that benefit from a combination of strong rent growth and high occupancy, along with exceptional economic opportunities, and the ongoing migration of people from gateways citites to the suburbs."
Louis Rogers, founder and chief executive officer of Capital Square
Located at 5200 Hunt Master Drive, the 24.7-acre garden-style apartment community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom units averaging 816 square feet with spacious floor plans, walk-in closets, in-unit washer and dryer, stainless steel appliances and private screened patios and balconies. The property amenities include a resident clubhouse with coffee bar, fully equipped fitness center, swimming pool with a sundeck, multi-use sports court, BBQ and picnic areas, fenced dog park, playground, carwash station and package lockers.
Hunter's Chase is adjacent to the Village at Swift Creek and Commonwealth Center shopping malls, offering residents a wealth of local shopping and dining options.
The community is situated in a thriving submarket that Yardi Matrix project's will maintain a 10-year occupancy average of 96% through 2032. According to Axiometrics, the Chesterfield County submarket in which Hunter's Chase is located, is projected to experience annual effective rent growth of 6.6% and an average occupancy rate of 97.3% through 2025.
"Hunter's Chase is located in a high-growth submarket of Richmond that we expect will continue to flourish over the next several years," said Whitson Huffman, chief strategy and investment officer. "The property has exceptional amenities and is in the midst of a thriving metropolitan region that has persistently strong demand for quality multifamily living."
CS1031 Hunter's Chase, DST seeks to raise $48.2 million in equity from accredited investors and has a minimum investment requirement of $50,000.
Since its founding in 2012, Capital Square has acquired 149 real estate assets for approximately 6,000 investors seeking quality replacement properties that qualify for tax deferral under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code and other investors seeking stable cash flow and capital appreciation.
About Capital Square
Capital Square is a national real estate firm specializing in tax-advantaged real estate investments, including Delaware statutory trusts for Section 1031 exchanges, qualified opportunity zone funds for tax deferral and exclusion and a real estate investment trust (REIT). In recent years the company has become an active developer of mixed-use multifamily properties in the southeastern US, with eight current projects totaling approximately 2,000 apartment units with a total development cost in excess of $600 million. Since 2012, Capital Square has completed more than $5.6 billion in transaction volume. Capital Square's related entities provide a range of services, including due diligence, acquisition, loan sourcing, property/asset management, and disposition, for a growing number of high-net-worth investors, private equity firms, family offices and institutional investors. Since 2017, Capital Square has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation for four consecutive years. In 2017, 2018 and 2020, the company was also ranked on Richmond BizSense's list of fastest growing companies. Additionally, Capital Square was listed by Virginia Business on their "Best Places to Work in Virginia" report in 2019 and their "Fantastic 50" reports in 2019 and 2020.