CHICAGO—The lucrative sales of class A multifamily properties, especially ones in the city, typically generate headlines, but underneath the radar many investors have developed an appetite for older suburban product, and the Kiser Group felt it was time to publish some research on the topic. The Chicago-based firm just produced a sales data report, the first of its kind on this slice of the sector, and found that in 2015 buyers spent about $642 million on B and C properties in the suburbs, and in 2014, suburban Cook developments alone brought in more than $600 million.  

“There is a theory that the suburbs are dying,” John Meyer, senior managing director at Kiser, tells, mostly due to the migration of local companies into the city. “But every multifamily property I list out there has multiple potential buyers.”

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