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A Huge Demand for Housing Leads to a Spike in Multifamily Conversions

October 26, 2021

Apartment developers will create more new apartments in 2021 in old office, retail and hotel buildings than any time in last decade.

The pandemic didn’t slow down apartment developers who adaptively reuse old buildings. Rising apartment rents allow investors to spend more to buy and redevelopment old buildings—income from the finished apartments should eventually pay for the high cost of development.

“We will likely see a fair amount of this—redevelopment and converting properties to apartments—over the next few years,” says John Sebree, senior vice president and national director of multifamily for Marcus & Millichap, working in the firm’s Chicago offices. “That is the result of being in a housing crisis, and without new product being built at the same pace as demand.”Add Media Description Text Here
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