- March 2011: Vol. 23 No. 3

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Apartment Sector Primed for Success: Demographics, Market Conditions Point to Strong Fundamentals

by Edward Oprindick

Apartment investments historically provide the best total risk-adjusted returns among major property categories and have become a favored property sector for institutional and high-net-worth investors. Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2011,a well-respected survey of real estate industry leaders conducted by the Urban Land Institute and Price-waterhouseCoopers, ranks apartments as having the best investment prospects among all major categories in 2011. Our research points to three compelling reasons for investing in well-located apartment properties, despite lackluster economic outlooks:

Demographic Drivers: The large Echo Boomer population cohort (generation Y) will age into prime renting years (20–30 years old prior to family formation) over the next decade. Young adults are marrying later and delaying ha

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