Thursday, October 29, 2015

Seattle Microunits of 120-235 Sq. Ft. Named Finalist for Affordable/Workforce Housing Award

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports that the "Base Capitol Hill" microunits, which range in size from 120-235 SF and rent for $800-$1,000 per month, have been named a finalist in the Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award from the Urban Land Institute. Read more.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sold! 154-Unit Fieldstone Luxury Apartments in Fairview

The Fairview apartments sold for $20,800,000. The owner had worked with HFO in the past and decided to re-engage the firm for the sale of their property due to the current state of the market and HFO’s specialized focus on multifamily dispositions.

HFO’s collaborative and strategic approach generated offers from 13 pre-qualified investors, enabling the client to close the transaction with a satisfied buyer out of California and setting a record price per square foot for the Fairview market.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

U.S. Census: Portland Vacancy Rate Increases Slightly

The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that the rental vacancy rate for the Portland-Vancouver- Hillsboro metro area was 5.1 percent for the third quarter of 2015. Despite local survey reports to the contrary, the U.S. Census Bureau data has shown an increase in the Portland vacancy rate from 2.7% in Q1 to 5.1% in Q3.

In every survey over the past two years, Portland metro has ranked consistently among the nation's lowest vacancy rates. In this latest Census Bureau Report, Portland metro is tied for 24th lowest with Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue was in a 2-way tie with San Diego for 4th place with vacancies at 2.0%, down from 4% the prior quarter.

The nation's lowest vacancy rates were as follows:
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI - 0.9%
  • Greensboro-High Point, NC - 1.0%
  • Worcester, MA - 1.6
  • San Diego-Carlsbad, CA [TIE] - 2.0%
  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA [TIE]
  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH - 2.8%
  • Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI [TIE]
  • New Haven-Milford, CT [TIE]
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - 3.1%
  • Raleigh, NC - 3.2%
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 3.6%
  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA [TIE]
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA [TIE]
  • Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC - 3.9%
  • Knoxville, TN [TIE]
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI [TIE}
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL -4.1%
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN - 4.5%
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA [TIE]
  • Richmond, VA - 4.7%
  • Fresno, CA - 5.0%
  • North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL [TIE]
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT - 5.1%
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA [TIE]
The average national rental vacancy rate for Q3 2015 was 7.3 percent for multifamily dwellings of five or more units, and was 0.1 percent lower than a year earlier. The U.S. rental vacancy rate has been falling since 2009. It is at its lowest level since 1993 and far below the 11 percent average vacancy rate of 2009.

Although rents in the West and specifically Portland metro lead the nation, average rents remained flat.

U.S. Homeownership Rate Remains Flat
U.S. Homeownership rates have fallen from a recent high of 65.1 percent at the end of 2013 to an estimated 63.5 percent in Q3 2015. Homeownership remains at its lowest level in 22 years.

Homeownership rates in the Western U.S. increased slightly from 58.5 to 58.7 percent, near its 24-year low.

[Note: The US Census vacancy estimate is 2.23% higher than the vacancy rate of 2.87% reported by MultifamilyNW in its Fall, 2015 Apartment Report.]

Portland Listed as Nation's Rent Growth Leader at 14.3%

MPF Research reports on the latest quarterly results which put Portland and the rest of the west on the rent growth leaderboard.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Security Properties Going Strong on Apartment Projects in Bellevue

The Puget Sound Business Journal is reporting that just months after Security Properties broke ground on a 5-building 309-unit project in Bellevue's $2.3 billion Spring District, it's submitted plans for another. The second phase plans call for 3 buildings with an additional 279 apartments.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Portland Approves 90-Day Notice For Rent Increases, Evictions

On Wednesday, landlords were only required to provide tenants one month's notice for rent increases in the City of Portland. That has changed.

The Portland City Council voted yesterday to require landlords to provide 90-day notice for no-fault evictions, and for rent increases of more than 5 percent.

The council also proposed a $25,000 tax on home demolitions.

Oregon Public Broadcasting Report 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Detailed Breakdown of Survey Results for Vacancies and Rents for Oregon, SW Washington

According to the fall 2015 MultifamilyNW Apartment Report, vacancies in cities and neighborhoods stood at rates varying from 1.4% to 3.7%. Rents per square foot increased at an overall average rate of 9%.

Additional $60 Million Affordable Housing Funds

At this mornings MultifamilyNW breakfast, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said an additional $60 million in funding for affordable housing to be officially announced soon.

According to Kafoury, the county is working in partnership with City of Portland to provide $5 million of those funds.

Breaking... MultifamilyNW Releases Fall 2016 Vacancy and Rent Rates

In its Apartment Market Report released this morning, MultifamilyNW relorts the fall 2015 rent and vacancy rates as follows:

Portland/Vancouver vacancy factor declined to 2.8%. 

Portland/Vancouver rent rates have increased at an annual rate of 9%.

Apartment lobbyist Gwenn Baldwin indicated the Portland City Council is expected to approve a 90-day rent increase notice requirement at its meeting today. If approved, the rule would take effect November 13th.

Friday, October 9, 2015

City of Portland Approves Housing Emergency Plan

The Portland City Council approved a housing emergency plan on Wednesday, which enables leaders to bypass city codes to allow temporary emergency homeless shelters, to open day-storage areas, and to use city properties to address a growing crisis.

The City Council also held a public hearing Wednesday on proposed rules to strengthen renters' rights. One proposal included to require landlords to give tenants 90 days' notice, opposed to 30 or 60 depending on longevity, for no-cause evictions.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

HFO-TV: Current Trends in Multifamily Lending and Finance with Mark Paskill

HFO Partner Greg Frick discusses the current multifamily lending environment with Mark Paskill of Intervest (a subsidiary of Umpqua Bank).

Property Management Insider recently published its quarterly multifamily lending brief.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Metro President: No UGB Expansion Needed

Stating that the area has enough available land to accommodate the next 20 years of growth, Metro will not expand the Urban Growth Boundary, according to Metro President Tom Hughes.

Metro released a draft report in 2014 that said capacity already existed to provide housing for another 400,000 people as long as about 123,000 mostly multifamily units are built.

Metro's full  Council is scheduled to hold two more public hearings on the boundary decision at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29. and  2 p.m. Nov. 2. Both will be held at the Metro Regional Center, 600 N.E. Grand Ave., Portland. Read more.

On HFO-TV: The Latest Economic Update for the Clark County/Vancouver Area

Greg Frick interviewed Scott Bailey, a regional economist with Washington State, about the Clark County/Vancouver area economy. Here's what we learned.