With the U.S. homeownership rate declining to a 19-year low in 2014, the multi-family rental property market continued to outperform inflation, says Marcus & Millichap, the real estate investment brokerage firm that specializes in apartment property sales.

The rental market is the lifeblood of commercial properties. It’s the top line that affects Net Operating Income (NOI) and the main source of annual cashflow to investors. Understanding how rents are priced, why they trend up or down, and how to reasonably predict those trends, is therefore an important when analyzing real estate investments.

Real Estate Limited Partners (LPs) have a big challenge: increasing quality deal flow is inefficient and expensive. Pursuing new contacts, expanding operator networks, and hunting down investment opportunities is cumbersome, manual, and resource heavy. The process is inefficient but necessary.

Warren Buffett quips that his favorite holding period is “forever.” That’s fine for him and, like most of his sentiments, sage advice. But for most investors, it’s merely aspirational. Whereas Buffett can wait for the cows to come home for healthy returns, retail investors have shorter horizons and tighter constraints at play.

The American City is changing and the advantage will go to owners of well-located office, multi-family and retail properties within these cities. San Francisco is one of the biggest beneficiaries of these changes…the following are just a few reasons why owning San Francisco real estate could prove to be extremely fruitful in the decades to […]