Posted August 22, 2014 by RentJungle

According to data from The National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, July saw a fall in total investment returns for multifamily housing from 2.48 to 2.28 percent. Though the investment returns fell for multifamily housing, during the same time period they rose 2.74 percent for commercial real estate. Multihousingnews.com writes:

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) commercial/multifamily mortgage originations volume index fell 17 percent to 152 in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, median condo and co-op sales prices, not seasonally adjusted, rose as of March 2014 by 11.6 percent over the previous 12 months, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The condo and co-op inventory rose by 2.0 percent over March, says NAHB. As a result of a declining sales pace and an expanding inventory, the months’ supply, which represents the number of months it would take to exhaust the condo and co-op inventory at the current sales pace, rose by 3.8 percent to 5.5 months in March.

NAHB’s March 2014 reading of five or more unit housing starts represents the fourth consecutive month-over-month decline. Over this four-month period, housing starts of buildings with five or more units have fallen by 23.0 percent.

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