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Key Takeaways from the 2024 IMN Single-Family Rental East Forum

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Key Takeaways from the 2024 IMN Single-Family Rental East Forum

The IMN Single-Family Rental (SFR) East Forum, held recently in the vibrant city of Miami, brought together industry leaders and experts to discuss pressing issues and emerging trends in the single-family rental market. Kiavi had the opportunity to attend this event, gaining valuable insights into rated securitizations, the impact of rising insurance rates, and strategies for expediting the financing process.

Here are three key takeaways from the conference that could shape the future of your real estate investments.

Rated securitizations: Benefits and cautionary perspectives

At the conference, rated securitizations were a hot topic. Why? Because they have the potential to shake up the market for SFR-backed securities.

For instance, rated securitizations can attract new types of institutional investors who can only invest in rated deals, thereby increasing market liquidity. Additionally, getting ratings for these deals provides a crucial reference point that, thanks to increased competition, can help narrow spreads and lower borrowing costs for both rated and unrated transactions.

While some panelists highlighted the perks of increased liquidity, competitive pricing, and lower borrowing costs, there's another side to consider. With her extensive experience in the field, Kiavi's very own Chief Revenue Officer, Stephanie Casper, reminded us that securitization isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.

She pointed out that there might be trade-offs, like meeting stricter rating agency requirements, that only sometimes translate to lower rates for borrowers. Stephanie further explained that while rated securitizations could attract more institutional investors, the strict criteria could limit deal flexibility and might even lead to higher costs or more complex transactions for you, the borrower.

We've seen some recent wins in rating single-family rental securitizations, but let's take a moment to think critically about their overall market impact. The big question is: do these rated securitizations actually benefit borrowers by lowering borrowing costs? It's important to dig into whether these structures truly make a difference in practice.

To sum it up, rated securitizations are a big step towards making real estate-backed securities more professional and drawing in more investors. However, it's important to consider the potential downsides and limitations pointed out by critics. This way, you can make sure these benefits are effectively realized across the market.

Addressing the impact of rising insurance rates on real estate investments

Insurance has become a big concern for real estate investors, especially in coastal markets like Florida. The sharp rise in insurance rates makes it harder to qualify deals for financing based on debt service coverage ratios, which measure the cash flow available to pay current debt obligations. If this trend continues, it could seriously threaten the viability of deals in these areas.

So, what can you do about it? Panelists suggest adopting portfolio-level insurance strategies and working with brokers who understand portfolio risks.

These strategies not only help reduce insurance costs but also provide effective risk mitigation tactics. For instance, choosing higher deductibles can significantly lower premium expenses. Additionally, focusing on portfolio allocations in less expensive insurance markets, such as the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, where insurance rates are more stable, can offer a more secure investment environment.

Overall, the advice centered on strategic planning and risk management to counteract rising insurance costs and keep your real estate investments financially viable in high-risk areas. Failing to address these challenges could lead to higher costs, lower profitability, and even the loss of investment in these areas.

Streamlining the financing process for faster loan closures

One of the key discussions at the conference was about how long it takes to finance and close loans for new borrowers. Timelines ranged from 10 to 45 days, depending on the loan product and deal complexity. This discussion highlighted just how important it is to be prepared and organized to speed up the financing process.

You can streamline your loan application process by coming ready with all the necessary documents, like financial statements, rent rolls, operating budgets, and insurance information, well-organized in advance.

Scheduling appraisals and property inspections early can also prevent these steps from becoming bottlenecks. Proactively communicating with your lenders about any additional information they need helps address issues quickly. Plus, working with lenders who have streamlined technology platforms and internal valuation processes, like automated document submission and online application tracking, can significantly speed up parts of the financing process.

By following these strategies, you can facilitate faster loan closures and secure your financing more efficiently, ultimately boosting your investment operations.

Final takeaways

This year’s IMN Single-Family Rental East Conference provided valuable insights into the key issues affecting the single-family rental market. From the growing importance of rated securitizations to dealing with rising insurance rates and simplifying the loan application process, we have practical strategies to tackle current challenges and seize new opportunities.

As the market continues to evolve, staying informed and adaptable is crucial. It also empowers you to navigate the dynamic world of real estate investment with confidence and control.


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