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Cautious Optimism for REITs

June 17, 2016

 

 

 


Cautious Optimism for REITs

 

Demand is decelerating but still robust.
By Edward Mui | 06-15-16 | 06:00 AM | Morningstar
Isolated on white empty, half and full water glassesREITWeek 2016, the annual investor forum for the real estate investment trust industry, took place in New York last week. REIT management teams gave nearly 140 presentations, and we left with the following themes and takeaways.
Management teams are positive about underlying demand. Many REITs are still experiencing historically high levels of occupancy, which has helped fuel robust income growth for the past several years. Although this is moderating, there currently isn’t a clear catalyst to negatively affect operations dramatically, though long-term demand questions remain for specific asset classes and markets (retail, skilled nursing facilities, Houston).Supply concerns are limited to specific markets and asset classes for now. Markets like Washington, D.C., New York, and San Francisco have elevated levels of new supply in multifamily units and office space. Senior housing construction is still a concern in low-barrier markets. And we heard several times that the United States has too much retail space. Our favorite line was, “Malls aren’t overbuilt, they are underdemolished.”
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