Posted Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
The Apartment Association of Metro Denver honored the President of Granite Management Group, Jason McIntosh, at their annual dinner in 2018, selecting him as a finalist in their Most Outstanding Executive of the Year competition. The selection came as no surprise to McIntosh’s colleagues, who value the insight and operational experience that he brings to bear every day, having spent more than two decades working in the industry. You can read more about the award here.
Posted Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
With the October 2018 closing of the sale of the Rise, Edge and Vue apartment buildings in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood, for a total price of $56.35 million, investors in the two funds that owned the properties locked in an annual rate or return at least 30%. This is a testament to the success of the project, which included significant rehabilitation work aimed at increasing property valuations and rental income. More details on the sale are available here.
Posted Monday, January 29th, 2018
As was recently reported in the Denver Business Journal, a new report out from Zillow ranks Denver as the nation’s 7th hottest housing market in 2018. According to Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas, “The tech industry continues to roar, attracting thousands of new residents per year to tech-dominant markets like Seattle, Denver and the Bay Area.” Indeed, recent reports from both United Van Lines and U-Haul place Colorado near the top of the list of states receiving new residents. As… [ Read More ]
Posted Sunday, January 21st, 2018
A recent article on the Wall Street Journal’s Moneybeat blog cited several factors that are contributing to an increasingly bullish outlook for oil prices. Having gained 22% in the past 12 months, U.S. crude oil futures are set to benefit from demand growth that could well exceed supply increases. Given the geopolitical risks looming in important oil-producing nations like Iran, Iraq, Libya and Venezuela, “global oil supply disruptions could materially increase in 2018” according to a Citigroup analysis.
Posted Monday, August 7th, 2017
A recent Wall Street Journal article examined the increased participation of large investment firms in the single family home rental market. Starting with the 2008 financial crisis, when mounting foreclosures presented an attractive investment opportunity for many institutional investors, large firms have moved aggressively to acquire single family homes in cities throughout the nation. With deep pockets, institutional investors are well positioned to renovate the homes they acquire before putting them on the rental market. As the article notes, “The… [ Read More ]
Posted Friday, May 26th, 2017
Currently under development in Erie, Colorado, Enclave Vista Ridge is a great example of the investment opportunities that Granite Capital Group sponsors. A commuter community for both Denver and Boulder, Erie offers a high quality of life and lower cost than either of those cities and, for that reason, has been drawing many new residents in recent years. Adding new, high quality units to the constrained housing supply in the area, Enclave Vista Ridge will be uniquely attractive to prospective… [ Read More ]
Posted Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
When oil prices cratered in 2014, much of the blame was attributed to the dramatic increase in US energy production that was made possible by fracking and other technologies. The situation was exacerbated, everyone agreed, by Saudi Arabia’s decisions to increase their own production at the same time. Traditionally, Saudi production costs have been among the lowest in the world, so it was reasonable for them to assume they could weather the downturn better than their competitors. It is clear… [ Read More ]
Posted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
The Washington Post recently examined the climate for first time home buyers and found that even more barriers exist to ownership than are commonly considered. Principally, the article looked at the lack of homes for sale and how that impacts those trying to enter the market. “The houses go so quickly” laments Teree Warren, a 31 year-old who is trying to buy a home in the Dallas area. Adding to delayed household formation, staggering student debt and slow wage growth,… [ Read More ]
Posted Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
Two new reports about the U.S. housing market show that higher mortgage rates, increasing home prices and tepid wage growth are all conspiring to keep home ownership out of reach for many middle-income Americans. The December 2016 Mortgage Monitor report from Black Knight Financial Services shows that housing affordability is currently at the lowest levels since 2010—a median wage earner would have to devote 22.2% of their income to make payments on a median priced home. With data from CoreLogic… [ Read More ]
Posted Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
For the first time in 8 years, OPEC members have voted to reduce their collective output by 1.2 million barrels per day. The cut amounts to an approximately 3.5% reduction in OPEC production and, combined with reductions in Russian output, will be sufficient to trim total global oil production by about 1%. The immediate reaction in energy markets, with prices surging upward, no doubt gives OPEC renewed hopes of relevance in a global energy market that has seen several non-OPEC members… [ Read More ]