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Research

Our research methodology integrates historical and current economic, demographic and real estate factors which enables our Research Services department to develop comprehensive market forecast scenarios.

Apartment Outlook – Midyear 2018

Economy gets a boost from tax reform. Economic growth surpassed 4 percent in the second quarter, lifted by strengthened consumption and business investment. The new tax law has stimulated the economy by increasing after-tax earnings and pushing consumer and business confidence to near-record levels. This combination has sparked elevated spending and accelerated job creation. Through the first half of 2018, the economy added over 1.3 million jobs, driving unemployment below 4 percent and boosting wage… Read More

Fox Business – Trade Concerns, Tax Reform & Recent Economic Trends

Fox Business’s  Maria Bartiromo and Forbes’ CEO, Steve Forbes, ask Hessam Nadji if China’s Anbang portfolio sale will impact the broader commercial property market and the factors that investors should monitor amid trade concerns, tax reform and recent economic trends.

Market Research Report: New York City – Q3 2018

Low unemployment and consistent job growth are boosting apartment demand. A broad base of high-wage industries and more than 8.5 million residents are driving significant net absorption of apartments, particularly as single-family homes remain out of reach for many would-be buyers. As the pace of construction soared, net absorption outpaced new supply every year since 2012, fostering a metrowide vacancy rate that reached 2 percent by the end of 2017. This year, development with contract… Read More

Research Brief: Retail – June 2018

Retail sales accelerate as unemployment rate tumbles.  Retail spending posted another strong month with help from an incredibly tight labor market.  The 3.8 percent unemployment rate has placed upward pressure on wages as many companies compete for quality employees.  This trend has supposed modest but steady wage growth, driving the annual pace of the wage gains to 2.7 percent in May this year, in turn supporting a 5.1 percent increase in core retail sales.  With… Read More

Research Brief: Federal Reserve – June 2018

The Federal Reserve increased the federal funds rate by 25 basis points, lifting the overnight lending rate to a range of 1.75 percent to 2 percent.  Citing stronger consumer spending, and a highly optimistic business community, the Fed laid out the potential for two additional rate hikes in 2018.  The Fed noted strong job growth, accommodative fiscal policy and above-target inflation as reasons for continuing to normalize monetary policy over the coming months.

Research Brief: Employment – June 2018

Labor market enters a new paradigm.  For the first time on record, the number of job openings exceeds the number of people out of work and seeking employment.  At the end of April, job openings stood at 6.7 million while the number of unemployment sat at 6.3 million.  But despite this abnormal condition, employers and the economy have found ways to keep employment expanding at a quickened stride.

Research Brief: Housing – June 2018

For a fifth consecutive year, millennials led home purchase activity, comprising 36 percent of the buyers in 2017.  The oldest millennials are now 37, and as this generation ages and starts families, a wave of potential new buyers are moving into the market.  Approximately two-thirds of first-time buyers in 2017 were millennials, but housing affordability remains a concern in 2018 as home listings under $200,000 continue to shrink.  Homes in this price tranche have fallen… Read More

CNBC – Impact of Tax Reform

CNBC features Marcus & Millichap’s CEO Hessam Nadji to discuss the impact of tax reform on real estate investors and surprising opportunities in the office sector.

Research Brief: Employment – May 2018

Year-to-date employment growth signals economic acceleration.  Employment additions in the first four months of 2018 outpaced the previous two years over the same time frame, with 799,000 jobs added.  The quickened pace of job growth should accelerate commercial real estate demand across all sector, as companies expand payrolls and operations. Increased employment setting stage for escalating apartment demand.  The number of workers unemployed or working part-time involuntarily moved to the lowest level in the expansion,… Read More