WS1168: Weekly Investor Update: December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Real Estate, Economy & Market News



  • Mortgage Rate (30-Year Fixed): 3.05% (as of 12/23)


  • Existing Home Sales: +1.9% (November 2021)
  • New Residential Sales: +12.4% (November 2021)
  • Median Sales Price for New Houses Sold: $416,900 (November 2021)
  • Construction Spending: +0.2% (October 2021)
  • New Residential Construction: 3.6% (November 2021)


  • Homeownership Rate: +65.4% (3Q21)
  • Rental Vacancy Rate: +5.8% (3Q21)
Sources: NAR, BLS, Federal Reserve Bank

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Record year for commercial real estate in 2022 expected

CBRE announced a positive outlook for the commercial real estate economy despite the threat of the COVID Omicron variant and other risks.

Return-to-office trend will raise office space demand this year

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts predicts that the office will remain the hub of business activity.

CRE expected to deliver 6% unlevered returns to investors in 2022

Commercial real estate will remain strong this year with yields averaging 6% and values rising 11% according to real estate advisory firm Green Street.

The end of LIBOR expected to shift the CRE market

It has been observed that most lenders are not yet confident with substitute benchmark rates such as SOFR and BSBY.

Growth in life sciences jobs to fuel real estate space for lab and research uses

With such strong demand for life sciences jobs, a total of 23.8 million square feet of labs were under construction in 3Q2021.

Self-storage industry remains strong despite the pandemic

The industry has considerably gained some of the best returns in the market since the pandemic

Vacation rental demand to grow 14.1% in 2022

Occupancy will also remain strong with an expected average rate of 59.8%


Will the housing market crash in 2022? 

Questions on how the housing market can weather issues has prompted many to expect a market crash in the coming months.

Multifamily properties’ rental growth to continue this year

Market tightness, sales volume and equity financing remain strong.

Best Cities for Real Estate Investing in 2022

Las Vegas, Fort Worth and Atlanta lead low-ratio markets.


Real estate ETFs continue rally

Many ETFs have appreciated last year, performing better than what analysts have predicted.

Which REITs will top in January 2022?

The top three REITS with the best value, fastest growth and most momentum were named.

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