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Seven Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 16, 2022)

Financing continues to flow into the multifamily sector at a record clip, fueling development and investment activity, reports Bisnow. Walmart is offering college graduates a fast-track route to store manager positions, according to Insider. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.

  1. What Housing Bubble? A Torrent Of Lending Is Surging Into U.S. Multifamily Sector “The continuing surge of debt financing into the U.S. multifamily sector might not match the record totals seen in 2021, but the strongest apartment fundamentals in a generation mean that the lenders probably aren't going to put on the brakes in 2022, experts tell Bisnow.” (Bisnow)
  2. Investors Stay Put, Because They Can’t Think of Better Options “This sell-everything market is confounding big and small investors alike after a string of years when markets seemed to go only straight up. Now, investors are confronting red-hot inflation and the end of easy monetary policy. There is also the question of whether the U.S. is headed for a recession, which some investors fear could happen if the Federal Reserve raises interest rates too quickly.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  3. MBA Reports Nearly 75 Percent Jump for Q1 2022 Commercial Borrowing “Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations increased 72% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations. In line with seasonality trends, originations during the first three months of 2022 year were 39% lower than the fourth quarter of 2021.” (Mortgage Orb)
  4. Walmart is fast-tracking college grads to store manager roles that pay $210,000 a year “Retail isn't always seen as the most appealing career path for college leavers, but Walmart is hoping to change that by offering recent graduates a fast-track route to management, and the chance to earn up to $210,000 within two years of joining the company.” (Insider)
  5. Microsoft hires up in China for secretive, ‘revolutionary’ real estate project “Despite the ambitious promises to Chinese job seekers, Microsoft has not published any press releases about their new real estate ambitions and did not respond to repeated requests for comment from The Post.” (New York Post)
  6. Tens of Millions of U.S. Properties Face Wildfire Risk, New Study Says “The model from nonprofit First Street Foundation represents the first attempt to make property-level wildfire-risk scores freely available for homes throughout the contiguous U.S., said Matthew Eby, the organization’s executive director.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  7. Life Sciences Sector Providing Upside to Asia Pacific Landlords “According to global real estate consultant JLL, rapid expansion in the life sciences sector will provide substantial opportunities for commercial property owners and developers in Asia Pacific, as real estate becomes a priority for companies that provide health and medical products and services.” (World Property Journal)
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