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CMBS Recovery Slows as Conduits Battle Steep Competition CMBS Recovery Slows as Conduits Battle Steep Competition

Notwithstanding all the talk of the CMBS industry's rapid recovery—80-plus percent activity growth last year, with another 25 percent projected this year—apartment lending by Wall Street’s active conduit lenders appears to have slowed due to heated competition. More

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Fee Managers Adjust to New Economic Landscape

Multifamily property management firms are anticipating the emergence of selective market opportunities over the next two to three years as the economy improves. They will be looking to asset managers of both traditional and distressed apartment portfolios, who are beginning to make strategic decisions after analyzing their hold terms, dispositions, and the allocation of corporate resources toward acquisition and development divisions. More

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Industry Luminaries Spotlight the Way Forward at 2010 Apartment Finance Today Conference

The multifamily industry is at an inflection point, as cautious optimism based on improving fundamentals clashes with some sobering challenges, according to a leadership roundtable discussion that kicked off the 2010 Apartment Finance Today Conference earlier this week. More

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Developers Diversify to Stay Recession-Proof

Some developers are surviving, and even thriving, in today's market by re-engineering thier business plans and turning thier focus to recession-resistant sectors such as the receivership business, student housing, and historic renovations. The overriding trend is to diversify. More

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Revenue Management Providers Court Small Portfolio Owners

Got 1,000 units of multifamily assets and an interest in leveraging revenue management technologies without a sizeable allocation of financial and personnel resources? Try calling on Laramar Group—the Greenwood Village, Colo.-based property management firm has recently begun running its LRO yield management software for smaller companies looking to test-drive the technologies before making a full-blown commitment and commensurate investment. More

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Right Place, Right Time: Fee Managers Play Risk in Search of Distress

While deals are still few and far between as players wait for compression in the bid/ask spread or the distressed floodgates to bust open, fee management companies with an ownership component are prepping not only by raising cash, but by getting local as well. More

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