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U.S. CRE Investment Still Strong; Multifamily is Top Choice, RCM Report

Multifamily remains the top asset choice for investors, despite rising interest rates and talk about overall investment momentum tapering, according to Real Capital Markets’  (RCM) 2019 National Investor Sentiment Report. Investors remain in a buy mode across multiple sectors, but there is talk of activity slowing at this point in the cycle.

Real Capital Markets’ Tina Lichens says, “With words like ‘plateau’ and ‘flattening’ now entering the lexicon, it’s important to note how far the market has come and that in these good times, plateaus are part of a healthy cycle.”

The report notes fundamentals remain strong In the multifamily sector, but investors are watching rental rates and other factors. Many multifamily investors continue to focus on secondary markets in search of higher yield. 

As 2019 moves into full swing, RCM notes, there is a strong sentiment among investors that the shift many have been anticipating is here. Investors surveyed by RCM remain optimistic, though with a cautionary tone. The theme is that there are still investment opportunities available, as long as investors adjust their strategies, look a little harder and dig a little deeper.

More than 60% of survey participants were in the middle of the spectrum when asked to characterize the current market as either in a boom or bust investment cycle. Still, others suggested the 2019 market will continue “gliding along” as it has, but that in 2020, an election year, things may slow until the results and a clearer direction are known.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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