Real estate recovery fuels REIT transactions

Real estate investment trusts are experiencing a high level of activity so far this year, continuing a trend that occurred during 2011.

Substantial investor interest has been attracted by the opportunities currently available in the industry. High multifamily occupancies and rents are one major factor, while the change to take advantage of low home prices is another. With conditions like these, a great deal of capital has been moving among REITs.

In 2012, a significant number of new offerings and other transactions is also taking place. Capital activity volume is up. Increased development and other factors could cause mutlifamily REIT activity to slow this year and in 2013. Analysts have indicated that rent growth will slow as more housing becomes available.

Property managers may not be directly affected by the REIT activity, but greater capital flow and more transactions could lead to additional investor purchases. That, in turn, may mean more business operating the units.