In the last nine months, many people have had their world turned upside down, both financially and emotionally. The global pandemic we now find ourselves in has disrupted many parts of our lives, including the real estate industry. Many Americans have physically uprooted themselves, fleeing cities, and seeking more suburban living. With the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, where does that leave commercial real estate?
New Haven’s international profile and high rental demand is attracting investors from around the Northeast region. Located along the I-95 and I-91 corridors, New Haven enjoys Amtrak and local rail service to both New York and Boston. The city is a thriving community of generational, ethnic, and educational diversity, and is home to a number of educational, healthcare, and cultural institutions. Its emphasis on education and health sciences contributes to steady job growth, while New Haven’s arts and entertainment scene makes it an enjoyable community to call home.
What is bringing Boston investors into secondary markets north of the city? Value-add opportunities in the Merrimack Valley are attracting investors who have been priced out of the Boston area. Situated along the northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire borders, this region is experiencing economic growth and improving demographics in submarkets including Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill.
Low supply and high demand continue to define Boston’s multifamily housing market. With a finite amount of available land, adaptive reuse is becoming an increasingly popular way to bring new multifamily inventory to market at a time where the appetite for apartment housing – be it workforce level or luxury – seems nearly insatiable.
The recently passed tax reform package represents the most sweeping tax reform the country has seen since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and will shift the dynamics of the real estate market in 2018 and beyond. While changes to mortgage interest and local and state deductions may adversely impact many homeowners, the new provisions are generally seen as positives for real estate investors and developers. In fact, many of the provisions passed will help investors by putting more money back into their pockets
Hartford, Conn. and Springfield, Mass. are both markets offering upside for value-added investors. With the expansion of transportation along the Hartford-Springfield corridor and job creation from the new MGM Springfield, this is an opportune time to consider acquiring a Class-B or Class-C property to reposition as part of your investment real estate portfolio. Here are some of the trends currently shaping the Hartford-Springfield market.
With cap rates at rock bottom and interest rates rising, many investors believe we are at or beyond the peak of the current market cycle. Add a resurgent stock market to the mix and investors may see more attractive yield alternatives beyond real estate. That said, opportunity still exists to add value and grow rents in selected Class-B and Class-C assets throughout the Northeast. In 2017 we will be hosting a series of investor workshops in New York, Boston, New Haven and Hartford/Springfield to address these issues and more.
In 2013, large established markets such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington remained the focus of many real estate investors.
In our previous blog, we took an early look back at 2013 to review the Connecticut commercial real estate market. The net was that despite concerns about unemployment, budget deficits and various financial crises, the New England economy continued on a path of slow growth recovery.