Americans still favor owning over renting, but for how long?

LendingTree | May 07, 2019

With a homeownership rate of 64.2%, it’s safe to say the American dream of homeownership is alive and well. However, lackluster growth in the sector suggests the market might be turning, especially as affordability remains a top concern. In a recent analysis, LendingTree surveyed 2,095 American homeowners aged 22 and older about their perceptions of owning a property versus renting.

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Mill Creek Announces Start of Preleasing at Modera River Trail

Mill Creek Residential | December 18, 2021

Mill Creek Residential, a leading developer and operator specializing in premier rental communities across the U.S., today announced the start of preleasing at Modera River Trail, a contemporary mixed-use apartment community located in the thriving Seattle suburb of Redmond. The community, which features 233 apartment homes and 4,700 square feet of ground-floor retail, sits approximately 15 miles northeast of Downtown Seattle and will provide residents with prime access to popular Marymoor Park and Lake Sammamish. Built with a modern industrial architectural theme, Modera River Trail will also offer high-quality home finishes, a unique array of common-area attractions and panoramic views of the Puget Sound region. Move-ins will begin in late January. Redmond has fast become one of the most desirable areas in the Seattle metro, and we are excited to commence preleasing for Modera River Trail, We believe the community will be a unique offering in the area and will serve as the perfect destination for residents to enjoy a work-life balance with a variety of neighborhood attractions within reach. We look forward to offering a best-in-class living experience for our residents." Steve Yoon, managing director of development in Seattle for Mill Creek Residential Situated at 15881 NE 85th Street and a short drive north of Redmond Town Center and Marymoor Park, the community is located in a vibrant, emerging downtown area possessing a superb Walk Score of 88 and Bike Score of 91. An abundance of retail, dining and entertainment options are contained within the Redmond Town Center, which is also home to three hotels, several healthcare outlets and a variety of fitness centers. Residents are also within a short walk of the Redmond Transit Center and within close proximity of State Route 520, which connects with Interstates 495 and 5, the gateways to the greater Seattle area and its thriving tech and healthcare employment centers. Modera River Trail offers studio, one- and two-bedroom homes with loft and den layouts available. Community amenities include a courtyard with barbecue areas, a sixth-floor clubroom with full kitchen, sky lounge with conference room and an expansive rooftop deck. Additionally, a hotel-inspired, two-story lobby includes a self-playing piano, gas fireplace, coffee bar and grand staircase. Residents will also have access to a HIIT-inspired fitness center with yoga room, pet wash and pet spa, karaoke/movie room, game room with poker and a large-screen TV, rentable storage spaces and Amazon HUB lockers with a large package overflow room. Apartment interiors at the keyless-access community are equipped with large windows for an abundance of natural light, wood-plank vinyl flooring, Energy Star stainless-steel appliances, gas ranges, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, two-tone custom cabinetry, in-home washers and dryers, tile shower surrounds and edge-lit bathroom mirrors. Select homes include moveable kitchen islands, custom closets, breakfast bars and green-space views. Residents will also have controlled-access parking and guest technology, electric vehicle charging stations and dedicated bike storage. About Mill Creek Residential Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC is a national rental housing company focused on the development, acquisition and operation of rental communities in targeted markets nationwide. The national company, headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida proactively develops, acquires, constructs and operates communities through its seasoned team of real estate professionals in offices across the United States. Mill Creek is building its portfolio in many of the nation's most desirable markets in Seattle, Portland, the San Francisco Bay area, Southern California, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Austin, Houston, South Florida, Tampa, Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, New York, and Boston. As of September 30, 2021, the company's portfolio is comprised of 111 communities representing over 30,500 rental homes that are operating and/or under construction.

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Sales of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu Resume

Harold Clarke Advisors | March 09, 2022

Mana'olana Partners, the ownership entity of Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences, Honolulu established by Los Angeles-based Salem Partners, has resumed sales of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu after placing its efforts on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new residence gallery is now open and welcoming guests by appointment. As restrictions continue to ease and we see the return of international travel, we believe it is the perfect time to resume sales. We've been pleased with the interest ahead of our official relaunch and look forward to continuing to build momentum." James Ratkovich, Co-Managing Partner of Mana'olana Partners The Residences features 99 private homes that offer an unprecedented lifestyle made possible by the Mandarin Oriental's legendary service coupled with Hawai'i's boundless natural beauty. The property, located at the nexus of Ala Moana and Waikīkī, will be Mandarin Oriental's first residential concept on O'ahu and the brand's only hotel operated on the island. "There is nothing else like The Residences available in Hawai'i," added Ratkovich. "The return of The Mandarin Oriental brand to Honolulu will offer luxury and hospitality unmatched in the world." Residents will enjoy the advantages of bespoke hotel living, including personalized five-star service, exclusive amenities available only to owners and an attentive concierge team dedicated to delivering authentic experiences of Hawai'i. Michelin-level dining, Mandarin Oriental's world-renowned spa treatments, and world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment make every imaginable convenience within steps of The Residences. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu is designed by a premier team, including [au]workshop architects+urbanists, Honolulu-based AHL, Meyer Davis, Dianna Wong, Hart Howerton, Fluidity Design and Molteni&C Dada. Harold Clarke Advisors, foremost ultra-prime real estate industry experts in Hawai'i, is leading sales and marketing for the project. About Mana'olana Partners Mana'olana Partners is the ownership entity of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences, Honolulu established by real estate development firm Salem Partners. Founded in 1997, Salem Partners comprises three platforms: investment banking, real estate development, and wealth management. Salem's investment bankers have completed billions of dollars of transactions in the media and entertainment, healthcare and life sciences, aerospace and defense, and real estate industries. Real estate development is headed by industry veterans experienced in all segments of the built environment. About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world's most luxurious hotels, resorts, and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 36 hotels and seven residences in 24 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group's oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

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First-time buyers, inventory expected to rebound in 2024

Zillow | March 25, 2022

The housing market is expected to return to pre-pandemic, 2019 norms — at least in terms of inventory and the share of purchases made by first-time home buyers — by 2024 according to a panel of housing market experts polled in the latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. The dwindling supply of homes for sale has been a key driver of the recent explosion in U.S. home values, which have risen 32% in the past two years. Total inventory has fallen from a monthly average of 1.6 million units in 2018 and 2019 to just over 1 million in 2021, and monthly figures in 2022 are lower still. Inventory should return to a monthly average of 1.5 million units or higher in 2024, according to the largest group (38%) of respondents to Zillow's survey. But many are more optimistic — the second-largest group (36%) believes supply will bounce back to pre-pandemic levels in 2023, while 2025 earned the third-highest share of votes with 12%. Inventory and mortgage rates will determine how far and how fast home prices will rise this year and beyond. We are seeing new listings returning to the market, slowly, as we enter the hottest selling season of the year, but this supply deficit is going to take a long time to fill." Jeff Tucker, Zillow senior economist Return of the first-time home buyer The pandemic ushered in record-breaking price growth alongside rent hikes that made saving for down payments even more difficult. As a result, the share of first-time home buyers dropped from 45% in 2019 to 37% in 2021, according to a Zillow survey of recent buyers. First-time buyers should regain their pre-pandemic share of the market in a couple of years, according to the majority of experts polled, with 26% pointing to 2024, and 25% liking 2025. Eighteen percent of the experts polled did not believe the share of first-time buyers will rise above 45% until after 2030, despite millennials — the largest U.S. generation ever — aging well into their prime home-buying years before that time. Inflation considerations Inflation has already begun eroding the bottom lines of American households, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics noting rising costs for energy, housing and food as prime factors driving it to a four-decade high. Of the six categories considered, survey participants expect energy prices to increase the most over the course of 2022, followed by house prices, residential rents and food costs. Employee wages and stock prices were ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, rounding out the list. Price growth projections Pulsenomics founder Terry Loebs said the panel's average projections for home price growth in 2022 have been revised upward, from 6.6% three months ago to 9% in this survey. "Against the backdrop of tightening Fed policy and increasing mortgage rates, this more bullish outlook for home values suggests that home inventory shortages will remain the dominant price driver this year," Loebs said. "If price increases this year for homes, rents, energy, and food each exceed wage growth – as the panel expects – home affordability challenges will intensify further, especially for low- and moderate-income renters." Zillow economists forecast a 16.3% rise in typical home values from February through December. 1 This edition of the Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey surveyed 109 housing market experts and economists between February 16 and March 2, 2022 to gather their predictions for the outlook of the housing market in 2022 and beyond. The survey was conducted by Pulsenomics, LLC on behalf of Zillow, Inc. The Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey and any related materials are available through Zillow and Pulsenomics. About Zillow Group Zillow Group, Inc. is reimagining real estate to make it easier to unlock life's next chapter. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow® and its affiliates offer customers an on-demand experience for selling, buying, renting or financing with transparency and ease. Zillow Group's affiliates and subsidiaries include Zillow, Zillow Offers, Zillow Premier Agent, Zillow Home Loans, Zillow Closing Services, Zillow Homes, Inc., Trulia, Out East, ShowingTime, Bridge Interactive, dotloop, StreetEasy and HotPads. Zillow Home Loans, LLC is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #10287. About Pulsenomics Pulsenomics LLC is an independent research firm that specializes in data analytics, opinion research, new product and index development for institutional clients in the financial and real estate arenas. Pulsenomics also designs and manages expert surveys and consumer polls to identify trends and expectations that are relevant to effective business management and monitoring economic health. Pulsenomics LLC is the author of The Home Price Expectations Survey, The U.S. Housing Confidence Survey, The Housing Confidence Index, and The Transaction Sentiment Index. Pulsenomics, The Housing Confidence Index, The Transaction Sentiment Index, and The Housing Confidence Survey are trademarks of Pulsenomics LLC.

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Balfour Beatty Communities Receives Multiple National Resident Satisfaction Awards for Excellence in Military, Multifamily, and Student Housing

Balfour Beatty Communities | April 07, 2022

Balfour Beatty Communities, a national residential real estate investment and management company, received national honors for its military, multifamily, and student property management services based on an independent satisfaction survey conducted by SatisFacts, a national leader for technology, data, and education in the multifamily industry. Balfour Beatty Communities received honors in three categories: National Company Award for overall military housing, National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing, and National Property Awards across its military, multifamily, and student housing portfolio, which numbers close to 50,000 units. We are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts to provide exceptional service across our military, multifamily, and student housing properties. These awards are a testament to the dedication of our employees who embody our mission-driven culture through the hard work and high-quality services that they provide to our residents, partners, and communities every day.” Chris Williams, Balfour Beatty Communities president The SatisFacts surveys measure the resident experience from move-in to move-out and include resident scores on their interaction with office and maintenance staff on a 5-point scale. The SatisFacts Index allows Balfour Beatty Communities to benchmark resident satisfaction compared to other residential management companies. Balfour Beatty Communities then uses the scores to enhance resident satisfaction, retention, and overall community performance. This year, SatisFacts received over 40,000 survey responses from Balfour Beatty Communities military housing residents and scored in the top percentile for both move-in and work order performance. These high scores resulted in the company receiving the National Company Award for overall military housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its military properties. For Balfour Beatty Communities’ military housing installations, current reporting indicates the company scored: 4.41 out of 5 on overall move-in performance 4.61 out of 5 on overall work order performance Balfour Beatty Communities received similarly high scores across its 18-property multifamily and student housing portfolio, obtaining over 4,200 survey responses from its residents and performing highly on both move-in and work order experiences. The company was awarded the National Company Award for overall multifamily/student housing services and National Property Awards across almost all its multifamily and student properties. About Balfour Beatty Communities Balfour Beatty Communities is an active owner and operator of residential real estate in the multifamily, student and military housing sectors across the United States. Since its inception in 1999, Balfour Beatty Communities has invested in nearly 100 properties representing more than $7.9 billion of gross asset value. Our broad in-house expertise includes decades of acquisition, development, finance, renovation, leasing and property/facility management experience. Leveraging this extensive expertise and a customer service-focused approach, Balfour Beatty Communities seeks to create value in its real estate projects while delivering exceptional living experiences. Balfour Beatty Communities is a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty Investments, Inc. and Balfour Beatty plc, a leading international infrastructure group.

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