For anyone interested in apartment investing, I wanted to point out one of the best resources I’ve come across on the web. Marcus & Millichap, one of the largest real estate investment services firms in the U.S., publishes a number of quarterly and annual reports on their website. The one that I have found to be tremendously useful is their National Apartment Report, which details market forecasts in the U.S. for 43 of the major metropolitan markets.
Here is their 2008 National Apartment Report.
If you’re an aspiring real estate investor interested in multi-unit properties, I highly recommend you check out the report, which details the economic and demographic trends for each major apartment market in the U.S., along with a ranking of the major 43 markets based on a set of 12-month forward-looking supply and demand indicators.
By the way, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York top the list as the best markets for apartment investors in 2008, followed by San Jose, Oakland and Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, a number of Florida cities (Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando) dropped significantly due to the large number of SFH rentals coming onto the market in those cities hard-hit by the sub-prime crisis. At the bottom of the list are St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Detroit.