The multifamily sector has long been the darling of commercial real estate. It’s got the strongest fundamentals and greatest returns. And it’s the sector with the most access to financing for acquisition and development.
For proponents of non-traded REITs, the fact that they are not traded is both a boon and a curse. It’s a boon as the lack of liquidity means the investment isn’t rocked by volatility, making it easier for managers to deploy the money effectively. The curse is the lack of liquidity makes it difficult for investors who shudder at the idea of locking up money in a real estate fund.
Office real estate investment trusts (REITs), the investment vehicle often used to access this type of commercial real estate, were on a nice run in the spring, but since then, they’ve suffered a bit of a hit.