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SFR Roundtable Weighs in on Investment Climate, Market Conditions

As the second day of the 2022 Five Star Conference continued, experts from the SFR space gathered for this year's installment of the Single-Family Rental Roundtable. Opening with a keynote speech from RCN Capital CEO Jeffrey Tesch, this year's SFR Roundtable was presented by Host sponsor RCN; Co-Host sponsor CoreVest; and Partner sponsor Finance of America Commercial.

After Tesch's opening remarks, the Roundtable continued with a panel entitled "The Business of SFR: Finding, Managing, and Exiting." Moderated by Tim Herriage, Executive Director, RCN Capital, the panel included insights from Rudy Casanova, CRO, Global Strategic; Stuart Denyer, CEO, New Western; Jorge Newbery, CEO, AHP Servicing, LLC; and Brandon O'Briant, EVP, AssetVal.

"Demand is weakening on purchase loan applications by about 20%, and new construction is dropping in price as well as existing leases —these are the numbers that really make a difference," said Tesch. "That's the reality; we've seen numbers way ahead of the norm, which would lead all of us to believe that going into November, we've got more price reductions coming."

Next up was the "Alternative Strategies in SFR" panel, moderated by Eric Delgado, Director, MCM Capital. Panel speakers included Oscar Garcia, CTO, Tokenization Assets; Rochelle Jones, Principal, Aplomb Real Estate; Joe Peterson, CEO/Founder, iList Tech; and Bill Walker, SVP of Growth, EasyKnock.

"We're probably going to see an uptick here soon," Tesch continued. "New construction got way ahead of their skis on pricing, and of course the rise in interest rates didn't help at all. As compared to the vacancy rate, well, charts don't die. They just continue down lower and we're more than likely to see an improvement here as well."

Finally, moderator Brian Flaherty, COO, Global Strategic hosted a Financing Update. Featured speakers for this panel included Martin Chera, Owner, Express Capital Financing; Leah Goldmintz, SVP, Capital Markets, CoreVest Finance; Tim Herriage, Executive Director, RCN Capital; and Eden Vick, Field Market Specialist, Finance of America Commercial.

"Who knows what interest rates are going to do?, Tesch concluded. "Will they continue to take off for the rest of the year or will they stay stable? How will that affect price reductions? Most likely we've got more price reductions coming pre-Thanksgiving; however, investor purchases and all property types will remain elevated."

For more on the 2022 Five Star Conference, speakers, and more details, click here.

About Author: David Wharton

David Wharton, Editor-in-Chief at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has nearly 20 years' experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. He can be reached at [email protected].

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