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SeaLevel Properties Breaks Ground On Capitol Hill Mixed-Use Building

SeaLevel Properties Breaks Ground On Capitol Hill Mixed-Use Building | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
The 40,800 SF mixed-use building is on Capitol Hill at 953 East Union St. near the light rail station. The 60 units will be a combination of one-bedroom and small efficiency dwelling units. The site will also include 4,400 SF of commercial space.
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The 40,800 SF mixed-use building is on Capitol Hill at 953 East Union St. near the light rail station. The 60 units will be a combination of one-bedroom and small efficiency dwelling units. The site will also include 4,400 SF of commercial space.

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I specialize in the sale of apartment buildings in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region.  I focus on the sale of both apartment buildings and developable land ranging from $1M to $100M. I am passionate about real estate investment and development, economics, technology and urbanism. Through brokerage I assist apartment investors and developers in achieving the highest possible levels of return and build an advisory relationship that lasts ownership life-cycles instead of just a transaction.
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Making the Most of 2019

Making the Most of 2019 | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
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In less than four months, we're staring down the year 2020. What do we have in store for the year(s) to come?

 

Getting the best information about economic and investment markets remains essential to making critical decisions about when and how you invest in the Seattle and Puget Sound apartment market.

 

Fortunately, this Fall we’re in store for outstanding events, terrific speakers, and a tremendous amount of useful information (and networking) to make the most out of what remains of 2019.

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SEATTLE APARTMENT RENT TRENDS: While for-sale housing market balances out, Seattle rent continues skyward in markets from Everett to Lakewood

SEATTLE APARTMENT RENT TRENDS: While for-sale housing market balances out, Seattle rent continues skyward in markets from Everett to Lakewood | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it

You’d be hard-pressed to find a city in the Puget Sound region that isn’t getting increasingly more expensive to rent in. Locales from Everett all the way down to Lakewood saw sizable year-over-year increases in median two-bedroom rent in August. The latter saw the highest increase of any city in the Seattle metro area, sitting around 4.5 percent, three times the national average.

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APARTMENT REDEVELOPMENT TRENDS: Redeveloping With Millennials in Mind

APARTMENT REDEVELOPMENT TRENDS: Redeveloping With Millennials in Mind | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
Moving into 2020, Millennials desire flexibility not only in common areas but in resident units. Specifically, we’re seeing a shift from closed off, formal rooms to open-concept floor plans that allow plug & play for different concepts while accommodating multiple life and family stages. For example, the formal dining room with the classic chandelier lighting is considered all but dead in redevelopment. Residents prefer the blending of functionality and entertainment with the kitchen opening up to the living room or the dining room doubling as a study.
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APARTMENT RENT DYNAMICS: Multifamily Rents Continue to Rise Through July 2019 | Multifamily Executive Magazine

APARTMENT RENT DYNAMICS: Multifamily Rents Continue to Rise Through July 2019 | Multifamily Executive Magazine | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
The national average multifamily rent rose $3 to $1,469 in July 2019, while year-over-year rent growth rose to 3.4%, up 10 basis points from June. According to the latest Yardi Matrix Multifamily National Report, this marks the 13th month in which rent has risen over 3% on a year-over-year basis.
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SEATTLE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT: SU Development plans 23 story-twin towers with 365 units on Yesler Terrace

BCJ's program for the site is about the same. The two 23-story towers would rise from the site on the south side of Yesler, commonly called Block 6.1, which totals a little less than an acre.

The towers would be phased, with the north tower preceding the south. They would total about 365 units. Below in the podium would be around 10,000 square feet of retail/commercial space. About 248 parking spaces, both underground and structured, are also planned.

Both towers would have roof decks with around 8,000 square feet each. Total project size is around 360,000 square feet.
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Yield Curve Inversion Might Be Good for CRE Industry as investors look to more certain levels of return

Yield Curve Inversion Might Be Good for CRE Industry as investors look to more certain levels of return | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
“The gap between the yields available on bonds and the yields available on real estate [is] very wide and very attractive,” he notes. “Investors that want to preserve their portfolio returns will probably switch out of bonds and into real estate because of the differential that’s opened up between the forward-looking returns on bonds and the forward-looking returns on real estate.”
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5 Years of Insights

5 Years of Insights | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
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2019 marks an exciting milestone for me – five years of blogging about commercial real estate!

 

While I’m always ready to weigh in on the latest real estate trends and predictions, ultimately, I continue to write this blog to provide granular market insights to better help readers grow their real estate businesses and success.

 

For today’s post, in honor of this five-year milestone, I revisit my top five most read blog posts and analyze which predictions rang true, what we got wrong, and even my biggest blog flop.

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SEATTLE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT: Lincoln Property Company unveils design for 53-story Seattle tower with 568 residential units &104 parking spaces on five underground levels

The planned 53-story tower would have 568 units and 104 parking spaces on five underground levels.
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EASTERN WA APARTMENT SALE: Washington Square 2 Apartments in Richland Sells for $12M -- 5.6% cap rate., equating to $136k per unit and $134 per square foot

EASTERN WA APARTMENT SALE: Washington Square 2 Apartments in Richland Sells for $12M -- 5.6% cap rate., equating to $136k per unit and $134 per square foot | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
The property sold for $11,960,000 at a 5.63% cap rate. This translates to $135,909 per unit and $134 per square foot.
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APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT TRENDS: Developers in Major US Cities Bet on Surge in Co-living Apartment Demand

APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT TRENDS: Developers in Major US Cities Bet on Surge in Co-living Apartment Demand | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it

Coliving, similar to a college dorm suite with common areas, is taking off as more renters warm to the concept as a way to combat pricey rents in Miami and other major U.S. cities. The amount of U.S. coliving beds is expected to more than triple from 3,700 to 13,000 over the next few years, according to Cushman & Wakefield. There are currently 9,300 coliving beds under construction in the U.S. as growth in apartment rents outpace wage increases.Click here to edit the content

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REDMOND APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT: 88-unit apartment building planned in downtown Redmond -- site sold for nearly $100k/unit and $330 land square foot

Total project size, including the parking, is around 145,000 square feet. The 80 parking stalls will be both underground and structured. A retail/commercial bay with about 1,000 square feet will go on the building's south prow, toward Leary Way.
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How the Recession of 2020 Could Happen: Whether you believe so or not -- its good to know the arguments!

How the Recession of 2020 Could Happen: Whether you believe so or not -- its good to know the arguments! | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
The freeze-up in business confidence, caused in part by the trade war, could wind up affecting consumer confidence.
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APARTMENT MARKET RESEARCH: Multifamily Midyear Reports Show Good News & Bad News in the multifamily sector

APARTMENT MARKET RESEARCH: Multifamily Midyear Reports Show Good News & Bad News in the multifamily sector | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
While the overall rental business is strong, Real Capital Analytics is reporting that the buying and selling of apartment communities was off in May and trending flat for the year. Transaction volume for the month was measured at $11.9 billion, which is a drop of 22% in volume as compared with last year. Real Capital Analytics drills down into building types to reach other conclusions about what’s moving and what’s not.
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APARTMENT MARKET RESEARCH: Multifamily Midyear Reports Show Good News & Bad News in the multifamily sector

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APARTMENT TRENDS: What Is Innovative Living and Why Is It the Future?  Micro-units and co-living heralded as the "next big thing in urban living"

APARTMENT TRENDS: What Is Innovative Living and Why Is It the Future?  Micro-units and co-living heralded as the "next big thing in urban living" | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
Recognizing these characteristics, we’re heralding micro units and co-living spaces as the next big thing in urban living. They’re attractive to young residents who haven’t yet accumulated wealth and who are willing to trade square footage for the all-important proximity to vibrant downtown areas. Such buildings often offer curated and organic social events, providing the community experience that many crave in otherwise impersonal city environments. And for landlords? The ability to cultivate a desirable environment in your building, generate strong demand, and achieve higher yield per foot than traditional leases.
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APARTMENT LENDING: Multifamily Borrowers Might Benefit from Better Terms with CMBS Loans versus Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

APARTMENT LENDING: Multifamily Borrowers Might Benefit from Better Terms with CMBS Loans versus Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it

CMBS lenders offered interest rates fixed roughly 250 basis points over the “swaps” rate on August 22 for loans equal to about 75 percent of the value of an apartment property. That tended to work out to an all-in interest rate a few basis points over 4.0 percent.

Those rates are lower than what Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae lenders typically offered in mid-August. Agency lenders offered 10-year loans fixed at 260 basis points over the yield on 10-year Treasury bonds on August 22 for loans equal to about 70 percent of the value of an apartment property.

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SEATTLE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT: 256-Unit Residential Development Proposed by GGLO and AMLI on Seattle's emerging waterfront

SEATTLE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT: 256-Unit Residential Development Proposed by GGLO and AMLI on Seattle's emerging waterfront | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
Project documents also indicate that 7,658 square feet of commercial and retail space, as well as 7,065 square feet of amenity space, are included in the plans. 159 vehicle parking spaces, both below and at-grade will be part of the development upon completion.
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SEATTLE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT: Review Board Approves Holland Partner Group’s Design for 45-Story, 430-unit Tower in Seattle’s Denny Triangle

SEATTLE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT: Review Board Approves Holland Partner Group’s Design for 45-Story, 430-unit Tower in Seattle’s Denny Triangle | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
Designing a high-rise in Seattle’s urban climate is no easy task, as architects, engineers and project teams must constantly evaluate how the new development will relate to both the current and future context of the city’s evolving neighborhoods. For Vancouver, Wash.-based Holland Partner Group and Seattle-based Weber Thompson, what began as nearly 12 different project designs has now been refined into one. At a Design Review Meeting at the beginning of July, the project team received support from the Downtown Design Review Board for its almost-final iterations for its 430-unit development known as 1000 Virginia. 

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Architect report shows trade war hitting commercial real estate, as architectural billings continue to serve as a leading indicator of industry activity

Architect report shows trade war hitting commercial real estate, as architectural billings continue to serve as a leading indicator of industry activity | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
“A growing number of architecture firms are reporting that the ongoing volatility in the trade situation, the stock market, and interest rates are causing some of their clients to proceed more cautiously on current projects,” the group’s chief economist says.
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SEATTLE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT: Mill Creek Announces Groundbreaking of Modera Broadway in Seattle ::  228 apartment homes in two buildings – including 10 live/work homes  and 9,125 square feet of re...

SEATTLE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT: Mill Creek Announces Groundbreaking of Modera Broadway in Seattle ::  228 apartment homes in two buildings – including 10 live/work homes  and 9,125 square feet of re... | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
Modera Broadway, under construction along Broadway at East Howell Street, will feature 228 apartment homes in two buildings – including 10 live/work homes – and 9,125 square feet of retail space
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Want to know why Seattle is an a 20-year economic bull-run?  Data is the new oil ...

Want to know why Seattle is an a 20-year economic bull-run?  Data is the new oil ... | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
Seattle stands out as an AI hotspot, largely due to a talent pool of engineers cultivated by the likes of Microsoft and Amazon as well as research institutions such as the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. And we’re not just talking about computer science and engineering majors. 
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APARTMENT RENT & OCCUPANCY TRENDS: Apartment Occupancy Rate Hits a New High This Cycle

APARTMENT RENT & OCCUPANCY TRENDS: Apartment Occupancy Rate Hits a New High This Cycle | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
The average apartment occupancy rate in the U.S. rose to 96.2 percent in July, up 40 basis points from the year before, according to RealPage. That’s the highest the occupancy rate has been since 2000.

Average rents are also growing faster than inflation. “Annual rent growth for new resident leases is solid at 3.1 percent,” says Willett. But the high demand could be pushing rents higher more quickly, he notes. “Price growth isn’t pushing upward the same way that occupancy is.”
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BELLEVUE MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT: Plans emerge for massive 4.1M square foot development :: Cloudvue includes about 1.7M of offices, 515 “high income” residential units & 40k square feet of retail, re...

Cloudvue would be even larger than Elev8, with about 4.1 million square feet (up from 3 million square feet).

The plan includes about 1.7 million square feet of offices. About 515 “high income” residential units are planned, but whether condos or rentals isn't specified. About 40,000 square feet would be for retail, restaurants and public space.
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APARTMENT TECH NEWS: Older apartments need tech too -- how older apartment retrofits help compete in a tech-centric world of renters!

APARTMENT TECH NEWS: Older apartments need tech too -- how older apartment retrofits help compete in a tech-centric world of renters! | Dylan Simon -- Kidder Mathews | Scoop.it
“We’re in the middle of an amenity war, and brand-new properties hold the high ground,” says Sanders, who operates 1,749 apartment units across 11 communities, which are 40 years old on average. “Technology is one area where we can get the upper hand because it’s relatively easy to retrofit units with smart home systems.”

By installing features like smart locks, thermostats, lights, and door and window sensors in those existing units, Sanders has been able to gain her own ground in that amenity war, in the name of higher rents—a bump of 4%, on average, for those units.
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Real Estate Roundtable Survey: Q3 Sentiment Balanced & Stable

Commercial real estate industry leaders continue to see balanced and stable economic market conditions, according to The Real Estate Roundtable’s 2019 Q3 Sentiment Index. The latest survey registered a score of 50, a one-point decrease from the previous quarter. Both the Current-Conditions Index of 53 and Future-Conditions Index of 48 for this quarter remained the same from the previous quarter, reflecting the stabilized real estate market conditions and the overall economy.
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Real Estate Roundtable Survey: Q3 Sentiment Balanced & Stable

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SEATTLE LAND SALE:  Unico sells SLU development site into new venture for $28M, which equates to $1,918 per land square foot -- showing a trend of land inching towards the $2,000 square foot mark!

The north end of the former Pemco headquarters block, at 330 Yale Ave N. in the Eastlake/South Lake Union neighborhood, has sold for $28.3 million, according to King County records.
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SEATTLE LAND SALE:  Unico sells SLU development site into new venture for $28M, which equates to $1,918 per land square foot -- showing a trend of land inching towards the $2,000 square foot mark!

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