There are a lot of reasons to invest in multifamily today. Following the pandemic, apartment investors are enjoying substantial rent growth, record low vacancy rates and an attractive supply demand imbalance. But, institutional capital playing in the core and core-plus market, is more attracted to the stability of the asset class over the long term.

At the Multifamily conference this week, Cameron Jones, managing director of US Housing Strategic Transactions at Nuveen, and Angela M. Kralovec, VP of reinvestment and redevelopment at Essex Property Trust, sat down for a conversation on strategy, opportunity and investing at the Multifamily conference, and discussed how institutions take a different approach to apartment investing.

"We like multifamily because it provides a bond like return, and because it provides an inflation hedge because leases turn on the regular," said Kralovec. Jones agreed, adding what she called the obvious—multifamily is the only truly essential asset class. "We don't need a mall for living, and we don't need an office space to work." For that reason, multifamily has a durable income stream.

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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.