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Affordable Housing – It’s time to shake it up.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, the American dream was to own a modest home in which to raise a family. This was more than a dream; it was an assumption, an expectation. Even the lowest-income workers aimed for and usually achieved, this dream. Not anymore. There is a tremendous last of affordable housing. Millions of our working families cannot even afford a rental apartment.

But that can change. I submit that we can double affordable housing assistance without increasing funding. We currently spend

$50 billion for affordable housing programs

plus

$130 billion to assist non-low income households via tax deductions

Billions. That’s a lot of money. Where does it go?

1. Affordable housing.

Federal and state governments have literally hundreds of programs designed to provide housing assistance – $50 billion worth. This massive bureaucracy comes at a tremendous cost to efficiency, and it meets the needs of only a fraction of the very-low-income population. Plus, it drives up the costs.

2. Assistance for home-owners

We spend $130 billion to assist non-low- income households through mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions. $130 billion to home-owners when we have homeless families?

I’ve just finished reading a 2015 report by the Congressional Budget Office (Federal Housing Assistance for Low-Income Households). It looks at several potential policy changes to address the problem of affordable housing: revising the composition of the assisted population, adjusting tenant contributions to the rent payment on HUD’s voucher program, and repealing and/or replacing various programs. (Just repealing the LIHTC [Low Income Housing Tax Credit] program would increase revenues $42 billion over the next 10 years per the Joint Committee on Taxation.)

This CBO report is an analysis of various options; it offers no solutions. I propose an additional option, but first, we have to address the real issue.

The real issue:

In my opinion, these options do not address the underlying problem: the massive bureaucracy inherent in any government program. Layer upon layer of bureaucracy: administration, multi-tiered approvals, pages and pages of legislative rules and regulations, legal fees, accounting fees, compliance fees – and record maintenance into perpetuity. In one of my LIHTC compliance newsletters, the writer took over 350 words to explain “simply” which income limits to use to qualify a household. If it takes 350 words to tell me which year’s income limits I must use, it’s not simple. It takes attorneys, accountants, and compliance experts to understand the intricacies of each program. How many thousands of people are involved in every project? It’s very expensive to produce affordable housing. I recently read that the cost to construct a low-income housing tax credit unit is $250,000 – for one unit!! I suspect that same unit, market rate, would come in around $150,000.

My Proposal: Let’s dismantle the entire bureaucracy!

Let’s use the funds – from all sources – and provide assistance directly to the end user whose income is too low to afford a median-income rental apartment.

How many would qualify?

According to the CBO report, in 2014 the federal government provided about $50 billion in housing assistance to 4.8 million low-income households. But we have 20 million eligible households (those earning less than 50% of Area Median Income), so we still have 15 million very-low- income households that receive no assistance.

And what about those between 50% and 100% of median? Families earning $30,000 to $60,000 dollars? According to a 2015 report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, 20 percent of households earning $45,000–$74,999 (median area income range) were cost burdened in 2014.

The term “cost burdened” typically refers to those paying more than 30 percent of income on housing expenses, including utilities. In my opinion, that definition should be raised to 35 percent or 40 percent.

New System:

Now let’s design a system to provide funds directly to the end user– the household or person needing the assistance. Note that I said “directly.” Let’s cut out the middlemen. Let’s keep it simple. Basically, the recipient needs to prove his/her income, perhaps with an income tax return.

Households whose incomes are below national median income (adjusted for family size) will receive a stipend to supplement their incomes to the point that they can afford a median income rent (i.e. 30 percent of national median income.) This stipend will allow renters to go to any apartment in the country and rent whatever they want and wherever they want.

Assume national median income is $55,000. (In 2015, it was $55,775, per US Census.) Affordable rent for a median-income household of four is $1375 per month. ($55,000 /12 x .30)

So, let’s make sure every household can pay $1375 (adjusted for household size).

For instance, if the household earns only $40,000, it can afford $1167 without being overburdened. That household would receive a monthly stipend of $208. ($1375-$1167)

What if the household lives in a high-income area? Let’s take Dallas as an example.

Median income is $71,700, so median income rent is close to $1,800. This same household would have a choice: Stay in Dallas and pay an extra $450 out of pocket (The difference between national median rent and Dallas median rent) or move to a more affordable community. Again, it’s a choice.

The point is: instead of spending billions of dollars on bureaucracy and expensive production, give the money to the end users. Let them decide their own priorities. Proximity to work? Superior school system? Or maybe someone just likes a blue building. Whatever. The recipients may decide to spend more (or less) than 35% of their income on housing (like our Dallas household). That’s OK.

They can’t do that now with a HUD housing voucher. HUD restricts the amount they can pay, so they have no choice of lifestyle or location, or even the number of bedrooms, for that matter.

Employment- a very important issue

I’m talking here about low-income wage earners. There’s no employment requirement to receive HUD housing vouchers. In fact, the CBO report refers to studies that indicate receipt of a voucher reduces both household employment and earnings. About one-half of HUD’s housing voucher and public housing recipients are of work age and able-bodied, but only half of those count work as a majority of their income. Their other income comes from supplemental non-housing assistance.

In my plan, to receive the proposed stipend, households must show a willingness to work, preferably in a full-time capacity. But, per the report, the cost to wean recipients off housing assistance will cost about $10 billion. (more bureaucracy/administration?)

What has happened to common sense? Our voluminous legislative regulations, encouraged by special interest groups have us so tied up in “programs” that we are failing the working American family. There’s a lot of talk about adjusting programs, but I am talking about eliminating them.

Of course, my broad-brush vision is just that – a general concept. But it is based on my thirty-five years in the multifamily industry, as LIHTC developer, manager and now, investor. I think the number crunchers will show it can work. To get from here to there, however, will not be an easy task.

Christopher Finlay is Chairman/CEO of Lloyd Jones Capital, a private-equity real-estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. With 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, the firm acquires, manages and improves multifamily real estate on behalf of its institutional partners, private investors and its own principals. Headquartered in Miami, the firm has operations throughout Texas, Florida and the Southeast. For more information visit: lloydjones.wpengine.com.

Lloyd Jones Capital Announces Expansion with New York City Office and Two New Managing Directors

NEW YORK, NY – Lloyd Jones Capital, a Miami-based, private equity real estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in New York City and the hiring of two new Managing Directors: Stephanie O’Mara and Steven Druth. The new office is located at 1120 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 4031, New York, NY 10036.

“Stephanie and Steve will be integral in launching our ninth office location and will further strengthen client and institutional investor relationships in the New York region,” said Chris Finlay, Chairman and CEO of Lloyd Jones Capital.

O’Mara will oversee capital raising and investor relations for the firm’s funds. “Stephanie’s background includes working at Bridge Investment Group and Pomona Capital where she raised institutional capital for a series of real estate private equity funds. Her expertise and strong relationships will provide an exceptional advantage to Lloyd Jones Capital,” Finlay said.

Druth will facilitate capital raising for the firm’s joint ventures. “I am excited to join Lloyd Jones Capital and further the firm’s efforts of multifamily investing that offer current cash flow and strong upside potential to investors,” Mr. Druth said.

Druth has a professional history with Mr. Finlay as he previously worked for Finlay Commercial Real Estate twenty years ago in Northern Massachusetts. “Steve went on to successfully operate his own brokerage firm for 10 years and ultimately became a broker at Marcus & Millichap. I’m thrilled to have him back on board,” said Finlay, a real estate veteran with a 35-year history in the industry.

Lloyd Jones Capital also has offices in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Greenville, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami.

ABOUT LLOYD JONES CAPITAL

Lloyd Jones Capital is a private equity real estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. With 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, the firm acquires, improves and operates multifamily real estate in growth markets throughout Texas, Florida and the Southeast.

Lloyd Jones Capital provides a fully integrated investment/operations platform. Its property management arm partners with the investment team to provide unparalleled local expertise in each of its markets. Headquartered in Miami, the firm has offices throughout the Southeast and in New York City. The firm’s investors include institutional partners, private investors and its own principals. For more information visit lloydjonesllc.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Samantha Savory
Director of Marketing/PR
Lloyd Jones Capital
Ssavory@lloydjonescapital.com
O: 305.415.9910

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Skip The Flip in Multifamily Real Estate

By: Chris Finlay

September 6, 2016

It’s time to go long.

Historically, multifamily real estate investment has been about long-term, cash-flow returns. However, in recent years, as the industry caught the eye of private equity, emphasis turned to a property’s IRR, or Internal Rate of Return.

The “fix and flip”, the “value-add” became the standard: short hold, quick fix, big return. And the buying frenzy began. The strategy has proved to be very profitable over the past five or six years, but in my opinion, those days are (almost) gone – for several reasons.

TODAY, THERE’S NOT ENOUGH MEAT left on the bones of C and B properties to ensure investors of increased rents and resultant returns. The fix and flip strategy had been to buy an apartment community and execute a “value-add” to approximately 20% of the units, thus leaving “meat on the bone” for the next investor. At the same time, the investor would raise the rents to cover the cost of the improvements. So rents increased, NOI’s rose, prices went up, and the buying frenzy continued.

The next investor then thought he could upgrade another 40% of the units. But in fact, as cap rates fell and he had to pay more for the asset, he had to rehab 70% or 80% to reach his hurdles, leaving almost nothing left for the following investor. Consequently, today, after a couple of “flips”, most “value-add” deals don’t make financial sense.

RENTAL RATE INCREASES:  Because of demand, rents have risen sharply in nearly every market, but according to economists, that increase should moderate to about 3.5 to 4% due to new construction coming on line. Consequently, investors cannot assume drastic rent increases in their acquisition proformas. If it doesn’t work now, it won’t work in the future.

THE ECONOMY:  We’re long into our economic expansion cycle having exceeded the historic five-year average, but today in the US, growth is virtually stagnant. Are we reaching the peak? The good news is that multifamily real estate will continue to be among the strongest asset classes (if not #1) for reliable, steady returns regardless of the stage of the economic cycle. Why?

DEMAND: There is still an unfulfilled demand that is expected to be with us for a long time. That is the multifamily investment’s ace in the hole. Seventy-five million millennials plus another 75 million baby boomers. The multifamily rental business is poised to perform better than any other asset class. We have all read about millennials and their student loan debt and inability to afford a home. I personally think it has little to do with money. It’s about lifestyle, flexibility and priorities. Young people want flexibility to move to that next job; they want amenities and social interaction. A house is not a priority to them. Retiring baby boomers, on the other hand, have “been there; done that.”  They are ready to free themselves from the burdens and expenses of home ownership. Whatever the reason, more people are renting today than at any time in the past 51 years.

INTEREST RATES:  This brings us to interest rates – a very key and important ingredient in real estate investment. Who knows what might happen next? Answer: Nobody. One thing we do know: there’s little likelihood of a reduction in interest rates, although it’s not impossible. In Europe, where the real rate is in negative territory, some banks are considering storing money in their vaults because of the negative yields. It costs them money to make loans! And the US is getting close to that level. (See my blog post from June 14, 2016 titled “Is it time to keep your money under the mattress?“) But luckily for the multifamily investment industry, this big question mark can be taken off the table. We can counter the risk by locking in fixed rates today. We know what our debt will be for the duration of our investment.

So what does all this have to do with “going long”?

Multifamily investment is probably the most stable, reliable investment one can choose. But the strategy has changed. It’s time to “go long.” Forget about the unrealistically high-return value-adds so prevalent at the beginning of this cycle. They no longer exist. Lloyd Jones Capital recommends buying quality properties that produce consistent cash flow. Focus more on yield than IRR. Consider a long-term hold and do not over-leverage. Then, assuming good management, you should enjoy a reliable, long-term return on your investment.

Chris Finlay is Chairman and CEO of Lloyd Jones Capital LLC.

Lloyd Jones Capital is a private equity real estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. With 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, the firm acquires, improves and operates multifamily real estate in growth markets throughout Texas, Florida and the Southeast.

Lloyd Jones Capital provides a fully integrated investment/operations platform. Its property management arm partners with the investment team to provide unparalleled local expertise in each of its markets. Headquartered in Miami, the firm has offices throughout Texas, Florida and South Carolina. The firm’s investors include institutional partners, private investors and its own principals. For more information visit: lloydjonescapital.com.

 

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Lloyd Jones Capital Attending the 2016 Multifamily Executive Conference

MIAMI, Fla. – Lloyd Jones Capital’s executive team is attending this year’s Multifamily Executive Conference in Las Vegas, NV Sept. 19-21 at the Bellagio Hotel.

Lloyd Jones Capital is a private equity real estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. The firm’s executives attending the conference work on both acquisitions and operations of multifamily assets in Texas, Florida and South Carolina and are excited to attend the three-day conference and engage with other multifamily and private equity professionals.

Kathy Hensley, Chief Operating Officer of the firm’s vertically integrated property management arm, Finlay Management Inc., is attending the conference along with Stephen Selby, Director of Investments for Florida and South Carolina. “Many of us can find ourselves in a bubble so focused on our firm’s goals. These national, industry-focused conferences are a great way to get a broader perspective into the latest happenings within the industry,” said Selby, a multifamily professional with over 15 years of experience raising private equity for multifamily real estate. “The theme of the conference this year is operational excellence, which is always our goal, whether it be through underwriting and due diligence or property management.”

The 2016 Multifamily Executive Conference will offer an opportunity to connect with industry associates in property management, lending and private equity. “We look forward to connecting with the speakers and attendees while discussing the latest trends and current environment of the multifamily industry,” Hensley said.

ABOUT LLOYD JONES CAPITAL

Lloyd Jones Capital is a private equity real estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. With 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, the firm acquires, improves and operates multifamily real estate in growth markets throughout Texas, Florida and the Southeast.

Lloyd Jones Capital provides a fully integrated investment/operations platform. Its property management arm partners with the investment team to provide unparalleled local expertise in each of its markets. Headquartered in Miami, the firm has offices throughout Texas and Florida. The firm’s investors include institutional partners, private investors and company principals. For more information visit lloydjones.wpengine.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Samantha Savory
Director of Marketing/PR
Lloyd Jones Capital
Ssavory@lloydjonescapital.com
O: 305.415.9910

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Skip the Flip in Multifamily Investment

It’s time to go long.

Historically, multifamily investment has been about long-term, cash-flow returns. However, in recent years, as the industry caught the eye of private equity, the emphasis turned to a property’s IRR or Internal Rate of Return.

The “fix and flip”, the “value-add” became the standard: short hold, quick fix, big return. And the multifamily real estate buying frenzy began. The strategy has proved to be very profitable over the past five or six years, but in my opinion, those days are (almost) gone – for several reasons.

TODAY, THERE’S NOT ENOUGH MEAT left on the bones of C and B properties to ensure investors of increased rents and resultant returns. The fix and flip strategy had been to buy an apartment community and execute a “value-add” to approximately 20% of the units, thus leaving “meat on the bone” for the next investor. At the same time, the investor would raise the rents to cover the cost of the improvements. So rents increased, NOIs rose, prices went up, and the buying frenzy continued.

The next investor then thought he could upgrade another 40% of the units. But in fact, as cap rates fell and he had to pay more for the asset, he had to rehab 70% or 80% to reach his hurdles, leaving almost nothing left for the following investor. Consequently, today, after a couple of “flips”, most “value-add” deals don’t make financial sense.

RENTAL RATE INCREASES  Because of demand, rents have risen sharply in nearly every market, but according to economists, that increase should moderate to about 3.5 to 4% due to new construction coming online. Consequently, investors cannot assume drastic rent increases in their acquisition proformas. If it doesn’t work now, it won’t work in the future.

THE ECONOMY:  We’re long into our economic expansion cycle having exceeded the historic five-year average, but today in the US, growth is virtually stagnant. Are we reaching the peak? The good news is that multifamily real estate will continue to be among the strongest asset classes (if not #1) for reliable, steady returns regardless of the stage of the economic cycle. Why?

DEMAND: There is still an unfulfilled demand that is expected to be with us for a long time. That is the multifamily investment’s ace in the hole. Seventy-five million millennials plus another 75 million baby boomers. The multifamily rental business is poised to perform better than any other asset class. We have all read about millennials and their student loan debt and inability to afford a home. I personally think it has little to do with money. It’s about lifestyle, flexibility, and priorities. Young people want flexibility to move to that next job; they want amenities and social interaction. A house is not a priority to them. Retiring baby boomers, on the other hand, have “been there; done that.”  They are ready to free themselves from the burdens and expenses of home ownership. Whatever the reason, more people are renting today than at any time in the past 51 years.

INTEREST RATES: This brings us to interest rates – a very key and important ingredient in real estate investment. Who knows what might happen next? Answer: Nobody. One thing we do know: there’s little likelihood of a reduction in interest rates, although it’s not impossible. In Europe, where the real rate is in negative territory, some banks are considering storing money in their vaults because of the negative yields. It costs them money to make loans! And the US is getting close to that level. (See my blog post from June 14, 2016, titled “Is it time to keep your money under the mattress?“) But luckily for the multifamily investment industry, this big question mark can be taken off the table. We can counter the risk by locking in fixed rates today. We know what our debt will be for the duration of our investment.

So what does all this have to do with “going long”?

Multifamily investment is probably the most stable, reliable investment one can choose. But the strategy has changed. It’s time to “go long.” Forget about the unrealistically high-return value-adds so prevalent at the beginning of this cycle. They no longer exist. Lloyd Jones Capital recommends buying quality properties that produce consistent cash flow. Focus more on yield than IRR. Consider a long-term hold and do not over-leverage. Then, assuming good management, you should enjoy a reliable, long-term return on your investment.

Christopher Finlay is Chairman/CEO of Lloyd Jones Capital, a private-equity real-estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. With 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, the firm acquires, manages and improves multifamily real estate on behalf of its institutional partners, private investors and its own principals. Headquartered in Miami, the firm has operations throughout Texas, Florida and the Southeast. For more information visit: lloydjones.wpengine.com.

Multifamily Investments Less Risk, Higher Yields

By: Champaign Williams, National Editor

June 29, 2016

As global interest rates plunge and bank yields continue to decline, investors are looking to multifamily assets for greater returns.

Lloyd Jones Capital CEO Chris Finlay tells Bisnow that a direct multifamily investment can earn up to 8% in returns with minimal downside risk—a plus considering recent financial market volatility amidst the Brexit fallout. Chris says real estate provides a strong hedge against interest rate changes and inflation.

In light of Brexit it’s needless to say that the opportunity to receive a return on a very safe investment in multifamily real estate is a compelling idea,” Chris tells us. “It’s a no-brainer. I would even suspect that European and British investors will be looking into the US to place more investments because we are the most stable and at this time prosperous country in the world.”

On June 10, Chris says, the 10-year US Treasury yield fell to its lowest close in three years—the worst disparity between yields on the 10-year Treasury he’s seen in his 35 years of business.

“What’s happened is the 10-year Treasury has dropped significantly and a lot of real estate returns are gauged based on a spread over the 10-year,” Chris tells Bisnow. “But if you buy what’s considered a core A-plus multifamily asset unleveraged with no financing you’d get a 4.5% or 5% return, versus if you bought a 10-year Treasury you’d get a 1.5% return. The return is three times as big; that’s pretty compelling.”

He suggests the following investment plan20% in direct multifamily real estate, 40% in stocks, 30% in bonds and 10% in alternative investments. Though multifamily guarantees returns, Chris warns that having a business division to oversee and manage properties is imperative. The investments firm offers both asset and property management and has been around since the early 1980s with offices in Texas, Florida and the Southeast.

“It’s so important to have an operations arm within your entity that’s capable of managing these properties,” Chris says. “Multifamily is all about operations and managing these properties on a day-to-day basis. If you don’t have that ability you’re at a significant disadvantage.”

See Also: 50 Years Later, The Fair Housing Act Continues To Evolve

Related Topics: 10-Year Treasury , Chris Finlay, Lloyd Jones Capital, Lloyd Jones Capital CEO Chris Finlay, Multifamily Investments

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Lloyd Jones Capital Acquires 204-Unit Multifamily Real Estate Asset in South Carolina

MIAMI, Fla. – Lloyd Jones Capital, a private equity multifamily real estate firm, has acquired Waters Edge at Harbison in Columbia, South Carolina. The 204-unit apartment community is located in Northwest metro Columbia at 250 Crossbow Drive.

This garden-style multifamily property offers competitive amenities and will receive some renovations. “Upon closing, Lloyd Jones Capital will complete renovations to meet market demand,” said Chris Finlay, Chairman & CEO of Lloyd Jones Capital.

Lloyd Jones Capital’s property management arm, Finlay Management Inc., will ensure the asset is effectively managed. “Located in the largest city in South Carolina, with employment growing 4.2 percent year over year, this multifamily asset is a great long-term investment when coupled with our property management systems,” said Mr. Finlay.

Lloyd Jones Capital’s strategy involves acquiring multifamily real estate assets in growing markets throughout Texas, Florida and South Carolina. “We’ve watched closely as Columbia has become one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast. Data shows that the metropolitan area’s population has increased by 19 percent since 1990,” Finlay said.

ABOUT LLOYD JONES CAPITAL

Lloyd Jones Capital is a private equity real estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. With 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, the firm acquires, improves and operates multifamily real estate in growth markets throughout Texas, Florida and the Southeast.

Lloyd Jones Capital provides a fully integrated investment/operations platform. Its property management arm partners with the investment team to provide unparalleled local expertise in each of its markets. Headquartered in Miami, the firm has offices throughout Texas and Florida. The firm’s investors include institutional partners, private investors and company principals. For more information visit lloydjonesllc.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Samantha Savory
Director of Marketing/PR
Lloyd Jones Capital
Ssavory@lloydjonescapital.com
O: 305.415.9910

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Lloyd Jones Capital’s CEO Will Moderate Panel at CapRate’s 2016 Texas Multifamily Summit

DALLAS, TX – Lloyd Jones Capital’s Chairman and CEO, Chris Finlay, is moderating a panel at CapRate’s Texas Multifamily Summit in Dallas on May 24, 2016 at the Andrew Ornsby at Cityplace Events Conference Center.

The panel is titled 2016 Texas Multifamily Overview: Will The Low Cost of Debt, Strong Millennial Rental Demand and a Tech-Driven Economic Recovery Continue? and will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. CST. During the discussion, Mr. Finlay will moderate five panelists who work in the multifamily and private equity sectors. “We will be focusing the discussion on the latest trends affecting emerging submarkets in Texas as well as how and why millennial’s are driving rent growths,” said Chris Finlay, who has over 30 years of experience in the commercial multifamily real estate industry.

Lloyd Jones Capital is a private equity multifamily real estate firm with locations and investment properties in Florida, South Carolina and Texas. The firm’s affiliate property management firm, Finlay Management, Inc., will also have a representative attending the conference—Shyla Shepard, the Vice-President for Texas. During the one-day conference, Shepard will be a panelist on a Multifamily Operations/Asset Management Workshop: Programming the Amenity Space and Other Strategies that Add Value. “I am looking forward to speaking at the 10:10 a.m. CST panel about operations strategies, industry trends and best practices,” Shepard said.

The summit is hosted by CapRate Events, LLC, a digital media firm that specializes in commercial real estate events. In addition to Mr. Finlay, other prominent industry stakeholders will be attending and speaking in an effort to foster high-level panel discussions and networking. An exhibit will be displayed in the arena, catering to the hundreds of senior-level executives representing the multifamily industry.

ABOUT LLOYD JONES CAPITAL

Lloyd Jones Capital is a private equity real estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. With 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, the firm acquires, improves and operates multifamily real estate in growth markets throughout Texas, Florida and the Southeast.

Lloyd Jones Capital provides a fully integrated investment/operations platform. Its property management arm partners with the investment team to provide unparalleled local expertise in each of its markets. Headquartered in Miami, the firm has offices throughout Texas and Florida. The firm’s investors include institutional partners, private investors and company principals. For more information visit lloydjonesllc.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Samantha Savory
Director of Marketing/PR
Lloyd Jones Capital
Ssavory@lloydjonescapital.com
O: 305.415.9910

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Lloyd Jones Capital Acquires Two Multifamily Communities in Orlando

MIAMI, Fla. – Lloyd Jones Capital, a private equity multifamily real estate firm, has acquired the Pendleton Park Apartment Villas & Carlyle Court Apartment Homes near downtown Orlando. The two properties offer a variety of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom, one-story apartment rentals.

The new acquisitions are adjacent properties located on Curry Fort Road, close to highway access, schools, major universities, dining and retail stores. Select units will receive partial internal renovations including new cabinetry, plumbing and flooring, which will complete the upgrades installed by the former owner. Finally, select amenities will be upgraded, which include a new clubroom. “These are very well-maintained properties in an improving neighborhood,” said Chris Finlay, Chairman and CEO of Lloyd Jones Capital. “They will produce excellent cash-flow for our investors.”

The two acquisitions add 310 units to the company’s growing portfolio. The company anticipates another closing this month with several more in the pipeline. “Good properties are hard to find in this market,” says Finlay. “It takes patience, local knowledge, and diligent underwriting to recognize a good investment. Then it’s up to our operations team to ensure it performs well. Property management is one of the most critical aspects of multifamily investing. We are proud to have a successful history of operations with our partner, Finlay Management,” said Mr. Finlay, who is also the Chairman and CEO of Finlay Management, Inc.

ABOUT LLOYD JONES CAPITAL

Lloyd Jones Capital is a private equity real estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. With 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, the firm acquires, improves and operates multifamily real estate in growth markets throughout Texas, Florida and the Southeast.

Lloyd Jones Capital provides a fully integrated investment/operations platform. Its property management arm partners with the investment team to provide unparalleled local expertise in each of its markets. Headquartered in Miami, the firm has offices throughout Texas and Florida. The firm’s investors include institutional partners, private investors and company principals. For more information visit lloydjonesllc.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Samantha Savory
Director of Marketing/PR
Lloyd Jones Capital
Ssavory@lloydjonescapital.com
O: 305.415.9910

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Thank You, Harvard. New Study Confirms Multifamily Rental Growth

Thank you, Harvard.

Once again, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies has published a brilliant paper on the status of rental housing. This study supports what we have been saying for the past couple of years– but says it much better than I can. I thought I would share some of the findings relevant to the multifamily investment community and add my two cents. (You can ignore my two cents, but do read the study. It is very interesting.)

 

Among the findings:

Renter Households Number Almost 43 Million (Out of 116 Million Households)

  • Renters now represent 37% of all households, the highest number since the mid-1960s.

That’s a lot of renters, and they need decent housing.

 

Rental Demand is Broad-Based

  • Income: Renters in the top income bracket grew by 61%. In fact, households with incomes of $100,000 or more accounted for 18% of the rental growth from 2005 to 2015.
  • Household size: Single-person households or married couples without children represented half of the growth.
  • Age: The number of renters aged 50 and over grew 50% in the past ten years. In fact, Baby Boomers (50+) represented the largest share of rental growth.

In fact, households of all generations and all income levels have created an increasing demand for rental housing. We now have 43 million renter households in America. And Millennials – the typical, young, first time renters – are still living at home – 25 million of them! Add that to the current 43 million. On top of that, Baby Boomers are predicted to occupy another 12 million rental units in the coming years. That’s a huge pent-up demand! These are astonishing rental housing demographics. And the study suggests that growth in the adult population alone will increase these numbers.  

 

Investors Are Seeing Strong Returns

  • Annual returns grew to 12% in the 3rd quarter of 2015. Historically they have averaged 9.5%.
  • Cap rates are down to about 5 percent, the lowest since the housing bubble.

And this is why Lloyd Jones Capital advises caution when investing in multifamily real estate assets. There is too much capital chasing too little supply. You have to be very careful not to be caught up in the real estate buying frenzy. And be sure you have a seasoned operator who can manage the investment asset.  From personal experience, we know the importance of dedicated property management to the success of any project, which is why we have worked very hard to create the finest management arm in the industry.

 

Housing Affordability is a New Challenge

  • Housing costs are up 7% in real terms since 2001; median renter household income is down 9% in real terms.
  • “Burdened renters” (those spending more than 30 percent of income on housing costs) now number 21.3 million, half of whom are severely burdened (spending 50% of income on housing costs).
  • There are 11.1 million extremely low-income renters (30% of median income) and only 7.2 million units affordable to them.

There’s a lot of new multifamily rental construction, but it is only for high-income renters. The very-low-income renters have at least some assistance. It’s the middle-income American workforce that lacks a supply of quality housing.

 

Federal Assistance Falls Short

  • Since its inception in 1986, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program has added or preserved more than 2.2 million units. (However, many affordability periods will end between 2015 and 2025 which could jeopardize affordable housing options.) This program provides affordable housing to households earning less than 50% or 60% of median income.

This sounds good, and the LIHTC units are typically well constructed and well maintained. As a developer of approximately 40 LIHTC communities throughout the US, I know the program well. However, what began with great intentions during the Reagan era, has subsequently been diluted by all the layers of bureaucracy and special interests. Now, in fact, the cost to construct a LIHTC property can be double that of a market rate, Class A property.

  • The United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has programs, including the voucher assistance, which cover very-low-income households (those earning less than 50% of median income). But real funding for those programs remains below 2008 levels. And the average wait time for a voucher is 23 months.

I have some suggestions here, but will leave the details up to those who understand the HUD housing programs better than I. There are a lot of programs for the very poor. But what about the American workforce that also struggles to find affordable housing? These households don’t have all the assistance that is available to the very low income households. If you took all the money poured into various programs, including LIHTC, and applied it directly to vouchers, I suspect households would be moving out of bad neighborhoods and into safer communities. First, I would expand the voucher program. I would include households above the “very low-income” levels (50% of median income). I would give the low-to-middle income earner some financial assistance, and then let the household choose a neighborhood. Right now, the household is limited by the maximum rent HUD decides is appropriate, and often that is not high enough to meet the asking rent in a nice property. Let the voucher holder contribute to the rent. Let the voucher holder decide priorities. It might be worth being “burdened” in order to live closer to work or in a highly rated school district.

Again, at Lloyd Jones Capital, we are a real estate investment firm that is addressing this issue with our American Workforce Housing Fund. Through this fund, we are acquiring C and C+ properties in good neighborhoods. With modernization and upgrades, we can give these communities amenities similar to those found in Class A properties. And the rental rates remain affordable.

In summary, this is fascinating information regarding the multifamily real estate sector. The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University does an exceptional job compiling and presenting the data. The study is full of interesting charts and facts. At Lloyd Jones Capital, we have been saying these things for the past couple of years as we follow trends in cap rates, occupancy rates, etc. We are grateful to Harvard for supplying the quantifying support. You can find the complete study with abundant charts and data here.

 

Christopher Finlay is Chairman/CEO of Lloyd Jones Capital, a private-equity real-estate firm that specializes in the multifamily sector. With 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, the firm acquires, manages and improves multifamily real estate on behalf of its institutional partners, private investors and its own principals. Headquartered in Miami, the firm has operations throughout Texas, Florida and the Southeast. For more information visit: lloydjones.wpengine.com.