Barvin Insights

Barvin Expands Class A Strategy in Houston Market

Barvin, a vertically integrated Houston-based real estate company, recently closed on the purchase of Elan Heights. The 10-story, Class A+ multifamily property includes 326 units and is located within the historic Heights neighborhood, one of Houston’s most desirable places to live.

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Understanding a Sponsor's Underwriting Assumptions

When it comes to investing in multifamily real estate, understanding a sponsor’s underwriting assumptions and having realistic values to consider is extremely important. There are a number of assumptions and forecasts built into the data that a sponsor generates to project the returns for a specific project. Let’s explore what they are and why they are important.

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6 Things to Look for in Any Multifamily Investment

Multifamily investments have continued to perform relatively well throughout COVID and we predict we’ll continue to see this trend playing out over the next decade. The combination of renter demographics, low interest rates, and an expected slowdown in supply should position the asset class well moving forward.

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Projected Impact of COVID-19 on the Multifamily Market

Despite the pandemic, the multifamily sector of commercial real estate investment is showing a resilience unmatched by other asset classes. 

COVID-19 and the resulting economic impact coupled with changes implemented by the Federal Reserve (FED) have led to a decline in interest rates. We believe these lower rates - along with some other factors - will increase values in multifamily real estate across various markets.

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Q2 2020 Updates and the the Multifamily Market Outlook

The pandemic’s effect on the economy is very different than the 2008 financial crisis. The impact has been greater (in the short term) than most previous economic crises, but it has the potential to resolve much faster because the root cause is different. The 2008 crash was caused by high leverage and low mortgage standards in the single-family housing industry. This filtered through local economies in different ways but led to an overall reset of asset values.

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Barvin: A 10 Year Retrospective, plus Looking Ahead to the New Decade

Winter 2019 marks our company’s 10-year anniversary. It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago, life threw me a curveball and I didn’t know what to do.

In June 2009, I was laid off from my job as an analyst at Capmark and couldn’t get another job in real estate, so I decided to try my luck investing in real estate, even though I didn’t have a formal education in this space.

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Everything You Need to Know About Interest Rates

What Are Interest Rates?

The Federal Reserve’s Policy Committee (FOMC) sets a desired range for inflation between 1.7%-2%. The FOMC monitors inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures the average change over time in prices that consumers pay for a certain basket of goods and services.

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