Investor Focus Shifts In Multifamily

December 8, 2017

Investor Focus Shifts In Multifamily

December 8, 2017 | Paul Bubny | GlobeSt.com


BETHESDA, MD—Investors in the multifamily sector are turning their gaze outside the urban core. Capital One’s fourth annual survey of investor sentiment, conducted at the RealShare Apartments conference in Los Angeles, found that 43% are looking at secondary/tertiary markets, or more than twice as many as those who saw the greatest potential for value in urban markets, while another 35% said they see the best opportunities in the suburbs. A year ago, a plurality—47% of respondents—cited urban markets as the leading opportunity.

“All signs point to the multifamily sector heating up in 2018,” says Jeff Lee, president of Capital One Multifamily Finance. “Investors are looking to engage in secondary and tertiary markets, where they see increasing opportunity. These markets have seen rent growth, and their broad appeal should generate interest and activity as we head into 2018.”

Accordingly, fewer investors plan to remain idle in the coming year. Just 16% of respondents said they expect to be neither a net buyer nor a net seller in ‘18. That’s in marked contrast to the 43% of respondents who said the same thing last year.

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