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Short-Term Rentals: The Next Evolving Asset Class

CHICAGO, July 9, 2019 – The multifamily sector has become increasingly diversified over the past decade, with niche asset classes such as student housing, senior housing, coliving and micro-units garnering major investor interest. Short-term rentals appear to be the next wave according to a report released today by Cushman & Wakefield, Short-Term Rentals: The Next Evolving Asset Class, as new players in the homeshare marketplace have scaled the concept in recent years to institutional investment-grade multifamily assets. While the short-term rental concept has existed in a limited format for decades—with small local operations and corporate housing outfits dotting the nation—homeshare platforms like Airbnb and VRBO have revolutionized the market, steadily becoming a primary means of travel lodging for the common consumer—attaining over 500,000 average stays per night by 2018. At the same time, the 2010s real estate cycle saw a wave of new Class-A apartment buildings delivered largely around downtown [...]