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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 3/30/21


Mar 30, 2021 by Marc Rapport
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Blistering home prices, a CRE warning from the IMF, Suez lessons for CRE, the NYC suburbs are hot, and some healthcare advice of the investment variety.

In Today's News

U.S. Home Prices Rise at Fastest Pace in 15 Years

U.S. home prices are rising at the fastest pace in 15 years, reflecting how fiercely buyers are competing for a limited supply of homes in nearly every corner of the country, The Wall Street Journal reports today [subscription required], citing an 11.2% annual increase in the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index.

The Millionacres takeaway: The Federal Housing Finance Agency also reported a 12% annual increase today. The market is hot and slowly getting hotter. Affordability concerns can only grow, something that could actually cool demand a bit. And while the circumstances are much different, keep an eye on the kind of bubble that burst into the Great Recession now just more than a decade ago.

IMF: Commercial Property Overvaluation Could Create New Shocks

The International Monetary Fund has raised concerns over commercial property and the risk it could pose to financial stability, as the sector faces a series of challenges on the back of the coronavirus crisis, CNBC reports today.

The Millionacres takeaway: This piece helps put in perspective a couple things: The U.S. market is intertwined with the global economy, and commercial real estate impacts lag behind the stock market when it comes to disruption. Stay tuned in.

Today on Millionacres

Suez Canal Blockage: Lessons for U.S. Commercial Real Estate

So, the Ever Given is free again. After running aground in the Suez Canal on March 24 and blocking that most critical of maritime thoroughfares, the massive ship is moving, and now, so are dozens of others.

The Millionacres takeaway: The biggest takeaway here stateside is storage, more storage. Think about how to capitalize on the focus on warehouse expansion and agility that's already been growing during the pandemic. Industrial REITs, or real estate investment trusts, that specialize in warehouses and logistics, for example, would be a good place to start.

NYC Suburbs Sales Continue to Soar

The pandemic has prompted a lot of people to leave not just New York City but cities throughout the country, seeking out larger spaces instead. But many New York City residents aren't looking to move too far away. After all, there's a chance they'll be called back to the office eventually, and many want reasonable access to the city for when nightlife opens up, too.

The Millionacres takeaway: Our Maurie Backman looks at this slice of the Big Apple market through a lens that can be focused on any major U.S. metro and concludes that it could be some time before bargains become plentiful in these areas again.

4 Things Healthcare Investors Should Know in 2021

The healthcare industry and the real estate that houses it is still just as vital to our society, so it's not a matter of if things will improve, but when, our Kevin Vandenboss writes.

The Millionacres takeaway: Read this to get a 30,000-foot view on four key areas that could help guide you to where you might want to take a leap with some of your investment dollars.

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