Now that the dust has settled on the first half of 2022, it is important to take a moment to consider the climate surrounding commercial real estate, specifically multifamily. The record-breaking transactions and high rates of returns of 2021 have given way to a much less steady investing environment, which resulted in a slower, but not stalled, rate of capital movement.(more…)
COO Julie Blank Joins Claire’s Place Foundation Board of Directors to Raise Awareness for Cystic Fibrosis
Honoring her late husband’s cystic fibrosis journey by assisting others, COO Julie Blank has joined the Board of Directors with Claire’s Place Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF).
“In 2007, my husband passed away from CF, our twin boys were just three years old,” Julie said. “I am now in a place in my journey where I am ready to devote my time to a cause that honors my husband and other CF warriors. In my research, I found Claire’s Place Foundation. After reading Claire’s story and learning about her foundation, I did not have to search any further. Her energy, selflessness and love of life mirrored my husband.”
“It was a clear and unanimous decision to elect Julie to our board,” commented Claire’s Place Foundation Executive Director Melissa Yeager. “Not only does she bring her personal experience, but also a wealth of professional experience. We are honored to have her join us in fulfilling Claire’s mission here at Claire’s Place.”
Claire’s Place Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing support to children and families affected by cystic fibrosis. The foundation is named in honor of Claire Wineland who lived with CF her entire life and died at the age of 21. She was an activist, author, TEDx Speaker, social media star and received numerous awards. Claire’s foundation was a way for her to assure that others living with CF enjoyed the same hope, strength and joy that she enjoyed. Recipient of Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Small Nonprofit of the Year” and “Fundraiser of the Year” for its annual Glow Ride, the foundation provides grants to families affected by CF, offering both emotional and financial support. Learn more: www.clairesplacefoundation.org.
There was a substantial dislocation on the institutional equity side of our industry as players continue to seek equilibrium regarding asset pricing and interest rate exposure. While still ongoing, consensus on whether or not the aggressive interest rate increases will cause a recession over the next twelve months is still a matter of debate. New Standard Equities is monitoring the debt and equity markets, yet remains bullish in the sector. While the effects of rising interest rates have had a significant impact on cash flow, rents across our entire portfolio have been rising at an unprecedented rate. Of course, rent is a part of the inflation metrics that the Fed is trying to control, but inflation is not the sole culprit behind the tremendous revenue bumps in NSE’s rent rolls. The firm’s investment thesis has always been to work in markets with a sustained imbalance in the supply and demand for housing. Further, the Acquisitions team has carefully selected markets that exhibit high education levels and cater to the knowledge economy. There have certainly been inflationary pressures in NSE’s markets on wages, but that’s also helped tell the story of why many properties are reacting well to leasing programs, often producing lease trade-outs ranging from 15% to 40%. Operationally, the firm is perhaps the strongest it has been since the beginning of 2020.(more…)
New Standard Equities COO Julie Blank joined IMN’s 5th annual Middle-Market Multifamily Forum: West as a moderator for the panel “Revenue Management, ROI Best Practices and The Amenities That Unit Owners Are Looking For In This Market”, or what Blank calls a little “R&R”. Panelists discussed ROI, NOI and technology, what works for smaller landlords, buildings and units, as well as how work from home has changed and what Gen Z is looking for.
Held September 8-9, 2022 in Santa Monica, CA, the Forum brought together hundreds of small and mid-sized multifamily owners for networking and business development opportunities.
Learn more here.
Balancing Tech with In-Person Engagement in Property Management – Q&A with Stacey Darden & Multi-Housing News
The multifamily apartment industry, although slower than others at adopting new technology, has more recently been making strides towards integrating it into property management. In a recent Q&A with Multi-Housing News, Stacey Darden, the Senior Director of Innovation & Compliance at New Standard Equities Inc., spoke about technology’s growing role in successful operations at multifamily properties.
When asked about recent technological advancements in property management, Darden explained that pandemic restrictions revealed not all customers need to be toured around a community. “They can do their research at home and will only visit up to three communities they are seriously considering. This requires a robust community website showcasing the community in the best light, self-guided tours, a paperless and seamless application process through the lease signing and move-in,” says Darden.
Darden detailed the success New Standard Equities has in using a range of technology in day-to-day operations, including an analytics platform to review property performance in real-time, a CRM platform to centralize the flow of communication with prospective and current residents, email and texting capabilities, and Property Management Specialists (PMS), which is a repository for NSE’s financial and resident data.
In the face of the Great Resignation, technology can help with labor shortages by offering some self-service capabilities to customers. However, customers still want to know there is a human there for concerns, who will hear and address them.
Read the Q&A here.