There’s A ‘perfect storm’ Brewing In The Family Housing Market — Here’s A Super Simple Way To Take Advantage

There’s A ‘perfect storm’ Brewing In The Family Housing Market — Here’s A Super Simple Way To Take Advantage

Jing Pan


There’s A ‘perfect storm’ Brewing In The Family Housing Market — Here’s A Super Simple Way To Take Advantage

Inflation is out of control. So it’s no surprise that real estate is red hot as well.

According to real estate investing company CARROLL founder and CEO Patrick Carroll, his company has raised rents up to 30% over the past year.

Of course, costs are going up as well.

“So as our costs go up — our costs of interest, our costs of renovations, our cost of our employees,” Carroll tells Fox Business. “We need to push those increases along through rent increase.”

Because of rising property prices, renting has become the only option for a lot of people.

“We are seeing a supply-demand imbalance,” he adds. “And now they have a lack of buyers because of mortgage rates. So, again, this has all kind of been a perfect storm for the multifamily business.”

While it’s hard to say whether rent increases are sustainable, Carroll says that his company’s occupancies are at all-time high.

If you want to tap into the multifamily real estate business, here are three real estate investment trusts that specialize in the segment. Wall Street also sees upside in this trio.

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Camden Property Trust (CPT)

Camden Property Trust owns, manages, develops and acquires multifamily apartment communities. It has investments in 171 properties containing 58,425 apartment units across the U.S.

The company also has 5 properties under development. Upon completion of those, its apartment unit count would reach 60,267.

In Q2, Camden posted a strong occupancy rate of 96.9%, in line with the year-ago period.

The REIT was also earning more rent from each unit. In Q2, new lease and renewal lease rates were, on average, 15.3% above expiring lease rates when signed.

Camden Property pays quarterly dividends of 94 cents per share, translating to an annual yield of 2.7%.

Baird analyst Wesley Golladay has an ‘outperform’ rating on Camden and a price target of $153 — roughly 9% above where the stock sits today.

Mid-America Apartment Communities (MAA)

Mid-America Apartment Communities is a REIT with a portfolio diversified mainly across the high-growth sunbelt regions of the U.S.

As of June 30, the company had investments in 101,229 apartment units across 16 states and the District of Columbia.

In Q2, Mid-America’s same-store portfolio revenue grew 13.7% year over year. Meanwhile, its same-store portfolio net operating income rose 17.1% from a year ago.

For full-year 2022, management expects the REIT’s same-store portfolio to achieve effective rent growth of 12.75% to 13.75% and net operating income growth of 14.0% to 16.0%.

Mid-America’s board of directors recently approved a 15% increase to the company’s quarterly dividend rate to $1.25 per share. At the current share price, that translates to an annual yield of 2.7%.

Jefferies analyst Jonathan Petersen sees potential in this multifamily REIT. He has a ‘buy’ rating on the stock and a price target of $201 — around 10% above the current levels.

Equity Residential (EQR)

Equity Residential is another big player in the multifamily real estate business: the company commands a market cap of around $29 billion and has a portfolio of 310 properties consisting of 80,227 apartment units.

The portfolio is geographically diversified, too. Equity Residential has an established presence in Boston, New York, D.C., Seattle, and San Francisco — and is expanding in metros like Denver, Atlanta, Dallas, and Austin.

Just like the other two REITs, Equity Residential is making more money in this inflationary environment.

According to the latest earnings report, Equity Residential’s same-store revenue increased 13.6% year over year in Q2. The company attributed the growth to strong occupancy rates and “continued growth in pricing power.”

The REIT has a quarterly dividend rate of 62.5 cents per share, giving the stock an annual yield of 3.2%.

Mizuho analyst Haendel St. Juste has a ‘buy’ rating on Equity Residential and a price target of $79. Considering that the REIT has climbed quite a bit recently and trades at $77 per share at the moment, it’s approaching that target fast.

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