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The shortage of workforce and affordable housing has become a national crisis—not only an issue in major metros and primary markets. With limited supply and rising demand, national lender Sabal Capital Partners sees an opportunity to address the housing crisis in secondary and tertiary markets. As the economy continues to grow, demand will increase for this housing segment, and in a downturn, demand will increase as people seek a lower cost of living.

“There is a workforce housing shortage in every market in America. People think that this is a big city issue, but the reality is that this is an issue in secondary and tertiary markets just as much as it is a primary market,” Pat Jackson, president and CEO of Sabal Capital Partners, tells “As the economy continues to grow, there has not been enough workforce housing coming into the marketplace. You see a lot of growth in class-A and A+ markets, but you don’t see any new supply in places where workers can live and raise a family. That has been exacerbated by a limited availability of starter homes and the difficulties to secure a loan as well as the number of people that would rather rent. It is putting a lot of pressure on workforce housing supply everywhere.”

While there is demand for workforce housing across the nation, Sabal likes the secondary and tertiary markets because they offer better cap rates and pricing than primary market. “We like secondary and tertiary markets because we haven’t seen cap rates come down the way that they have in primary markets like San Francisco and New York,” says Jackson. “That makes these markets a good investment in relative terms around a supply-constrained product with a lot of demand.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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