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Apartment investment predictions 2021 with the National Multifamily Housing Council #ddre29

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The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) is the place where the leaders of the apartment industry come together to guide their future success. NMHC provides a forum for insight, advocacy, and action that enable both members and the communities they build to thrive. NMHC is actively involved in forming national housing policy and shaping the legislation and regulations that affect the industry. From public testimony before Congressional committees to selective participation in judicial proceedings, NMHC is consistently heard on the entire spectrum of housing-related issues. We concentrate our public policy efforts on issues relating to housing policy, finance, tax, technology, property management, environmental issues, labor and employment and building codes.

Chris Bruen is Director of Research, with primary responsibility for aiding in and expanding upon NMHC’s research in housing and economics. Prior to joining the Council, Chris conducted research on the behavioral tendencies exhibited by option traders and served as a contributor to the Shanghai-based business publication,, where he wrote on topics relating to Sino-American economic policy. Chris holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration ( Summa Cum Laude ) with a concentration in Finance and a Minor in Economics from The George Washington University.

Claire Gray is the Research Associate at NMHC, responsible for assisting with NMHC’s research on apartment industry trends. She joined the team after interning with NMHC’s Research Department. Prior to joining the Council, Claire gained hands-on experience as the finance intern at a small business management consulting firm. She holds a B.S. with majors in Finance and Economics from the George Washington University.

Main Topics/Questions:

  • Who is NMHC and what does it do?
  • Who are the members of NMHC?
  • Who owns apartment buildings in the US? Mom and Pops or large corporations? Has that changed over the years?
  • What kind of research does NMHC and how is it used?
  • How many apartments are in America? How do you define an apartment?
  • Has the design of apartments changed over the last 50 years? More mixed-use?
  • The US Census provides vacancy rates and absorption rates? Are these good tools? Are there better data sources?
  • How important is data in the legislative process? What has been the most important data points?
  • What are the affordable housing issues in the apartment space?
  • What has your research told you about Covid trends on pricing and vacancy?
  • How has Covid impacted apartment owners differently than single-family?
  • What percentage of tenants are paying rent? Has that number surprised you?
  • What’s the one thing the government could do to help all parties involved?
  • NMHC has quarterly reports that include market tightness. What is that?
  • Sales volume index looks to be the highest on record. What does this mean? Who is selling? Who is buying? What are trends you’re seeing?
  • How has commercial lending changed during the pandemic? What are the current rates?
  • What are the opportunities for apartment developers headed into 2021?
  • Most economists focused on SFR are very bullish on 2021. What is the outlook for apartments next year?
  • What other apartment trends should we be watching in 2021?