• 5 Markets We Love for 2025

    It may seem like a distant future… But when your investment horizons are measured in 5-7 year hold periods and you need to assess future decisions today, 2025 suddenly feels much closer. The market was nothing short of frenetic from 2012 to 2018, yet those “in the know” were busy much earlier, preparing in 2009

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  • PRESS RELEASE: The Hudson Apartments in Queen Anne Trades for $38.75 Million

    Seattle, April 11, 2019 – Dylan Simon and Jerrid Anderson of Colliers International’s Seattle Multifamily Team today closed the sale of The Hudson Apartments in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. The sales price of the building was $38,750,000 — representing a 4.3% capitalization rate. Colliers represented the seller, Timberlane Partners, in the transaction. The buyer was

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  • Is Burien the Next Ballard?

    Now is the time to take note of where novel bakeries are popping up. And where the New York Times is recommending we eat. And where Millennials are flocking to buy homes. I promise, I haven’t lost my mind. Nor have I run out of interesting apartment-investment related content. This is how real estate soothsayers

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  • How Deals are Getting Done in 2019

    It’s safe to say that the Seattle apartment market is not yet off to a roaring start for the year. A tumultuous 2018 Q4 in capital markets led to a slow-to-return-to-work January 2019. And for those who were ready to hit the ground running in February – it was more of a call to arms

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  • Keep ‘Em Full

    Trying to keep up with the market is a constant battle.  And our best weapon is knowledge.  Yet, in a sea of headlines to watch and reports to read, what truly is occurring across our regional apartment markets? Rents are either surging or plummeting and the investment market is either red-hot or the proverbial house

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  • What Will and Won’t Sell in 2019

    With investing, the key to success is making the correct ‘bet’ – or as we call it, ‘investment’ – on a future event. In the apartment industry, that event upon which we bet may be renter demand, evidenced by rental-rate growth, or investor demand, evidenced by strong pricing. Such bets – or investments – are

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  • The ABCs of NMHC

    This past week, the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) held its 2019 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. Considered the “Super Bowl” of networking for the apartment industry, this event draws thousands of apartment owners, investors, developers, lenders, brokers, and other industry professionals. Beyond the keynotes, panel discussions, and educational sessions, the real meat and

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  • Get the Cycle Right

    Humans (and, for that matter, computers programmed by humans) are horrible at predicting the future. When it comes to underwriting and valuing commercial real estate, we tend to overestimate upturns (expansion cycles) and, while we are in them, overestimate downturns (contraction cycles). How can we better underwrite apartment buildings over hold periods? When human intervention

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  • Built to Last

    As we enter into 2019, we do so with much uncertainty in a variety of markets – to name a few: political, economic, social, and capital. In the Seattle region, despite national or global headwinds / concerns, we’ve benefited from a near-endless stream of “good news” for almost the entire decade. The Great Recession is

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  • Five Themes for 2019

    It’s December and time to take stock of 2018 – another year that came and went in a flash. This past year was notably one of highs and lows, and in the apartment market, as of late, we are not used to hearing of lows. Seattle was named the nation’s fastest growing tech hub, yet,

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