5 Reasons to Invest in Multifamily Properties for Sale… Now

Invest in Multifamily Properties for SaleConsidering an investment in commercial real estate? Want to build a successful portfolio with an attractive rate of return? The decision to invest in multifamily properties for sale may be a solid option for you.

Jones Lang LaSalle, a financial and professional services firm specializing in commercial real estate, recently published a report on CRE trends. This report indicates that the market for multifamily properties is growing, boasting U.S. sales of $139.3 billion for 2017.[1] So, what are you waiting for? Below are five reasons why you should consider investing in multifamily properties for sale.

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  1. Financing is Easier to Obtain

    Securing a loan for multifamily real estate is surprisingly easier than it is for a single-family home, even though the former can be much more expensive. Lenders will often consider the property’s potential for making money rather than basing their decision on the buyer’s credit. Because multifamily properties generate a strong and steady cash flow, many consider this type of property a lower risk investment.

    If you’re not convinced yet, consider this example: You have twelve tenants in your building, but one decides to vacate their property. That loss only equates to approximately 8 percent of your total occupancy; having a larger group of tenants within one property reduces your overall risk. Compare that to a single-family dwelling where losing a tenant may cost you 100% of your income for one or two months, until you find a new tenant; it could also drop your yearly profit down to zero or even put you at a loss.


  1. Faster to Build Your Portfolio

    It’s much easier to acquire twelve units in a multifamily property than it is to buy twelve separate single-family homes. Rather than obtaining twelve real estate appraisals, organizing twelve inspections, securing twelve loans, and possibly working with twelve different real estate brokers or homeowners at various locations, you can invest in a twelve-unit multifamily building and focus on each aspect only once. By acquiring one or more multifamily properties for sale, you will save time, energy, and money; not to mention that you will quickly build a significant, income-generating commercial real estate portfolio!


  1. Cheaper and Easier to Manage

    Multifamily properties have a smaller cost per unit since they have many shared services and features; thus, resulting in lower expenses and a positive net monthly income. Maintaining one property with twelve units is much easier and cheaper than doing the same with twelve separate houses. This gives you more opportunities to update the property and increase its value. With a better cash flow, you’ll also have extra funds available to hire a property management company. A property manager will take care of many property-related tasks for you; you’ll now have extra time to evaluate other investments and continue to grow your commercial real estate portfolio.


  1. Higher Potential for Appreciation

    Ensure your multifamily property is well-maintained and offers amenities that will attract and retain ideal tenants. Doing so will allow you to raise rental rates and fill vacancies quickly. Making upgrades, such as adding security cameras, laundry rooms, and usable communal living spaces, gives you the opportunity to positively impact many tenants. Doesn’t it make sense to invest a relatively smaller amount of money to increase the satisfaction of multiple tenants, while growing the overall value of your property? Additionally, certain renovations, such as updating the building’s exterior, only need to be done once for a multifamily property; whereas renovations to single-family properties would need to be done individually, resulting in multiple projects for each type of update.

    Maintaining your property to a high standard and securing a strong cash flow gives your multifamily property greater potential to appreciate over time. This translates to increased equity when you decide it’s time to sell.


  1. Demand is High

    Multifamily properties for sale are in high demand, and the sector is forecast to grow.[2] What is driving demand? First, Baby Boomers are retiring or preparing to retire, which is causing a vast influx of tenants into the multifamily market. With their children leaving the nest, Baby Boomers are downsizing in favor of a smaller space. Also, there is still a high percentage of Millennials who are not buying homes because they are either unable to afford them or choosing to invest their money elsewhere. Rental properties and condos are appealing because they offer updated amenities, higher-quality conditions, and added conveniences.


Are you ready to make your next strategic move and invest in multifamily properties for sale?

As an industry leader in the commercial real estate market in Columbus, Ohio and Central Ohio, The Robert Weiler Company continues to take part in the growing multifamily housing trend. It’s one of the reasons why we made a significant investment in HighPoint on Columbus Commons in Downtown Columbus several years back; and it’s why we continue to make strategic investments throughout the region today. As urban populations increase in density and priorities are shifting to preserving or developing more green space and better public transportation, we anticipate continued growth in this area.



  1. “U.S. Multifamily Investment Outlook | Q4 2017” from JLL®: http://www.us.jll.com/united-states/en-us/research/investor/trends/multifamily
  2. “Multifamily 2018 Outlook” from Freddie Mac Multifamily: https://mf.freddiemac.com/docs/2018_year_outlook.pdf


Are you looking to invest in rental properties or multifamily properties for sale? Call us at 614-221-4286 to find out how you can leverage our multifamily brokerage expertise to make the best investment possible.


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