This Is How Multifamily Real Estate Can Help The Retail Sector

By: Taro Chellaram /Real Estate Articles/Jan 31, 2023

This Is How Multifamily Real Estate Can Help The Retail Sector

Multifamily Housing Can Revitalize Retail Centers

Real estate investment can seem like an impossible venture for both new and experienced investors. There are many options to choose from, each with its own benefits. A few promising investment ventures in real estate include housing, land, retail, industrial and multifamily. In today's fast-paced day and age, utilization of resources to their total capacity is a high priority, which is why we're seeing more mixed-use properties emerging.

A great way of treading into this space is via multifamily housing. Multifamily and retail go hand in hand, with one benefiting the other. We can see many neighborhoods adding retail spaces in or close to their vicinity, but an opposite situation can also be profitable. Retail centers can benefit tremendously if they include multifamily buildings in their centers. Not only is it an ideal use of the extended space, but it also adds to their clientele and improves foot traffic. Online shopping and e-commerce websites are slowly killing in-person retail but having a multifamily so close to a retail center allows residents easy access, which may lead them to increase their expenditure towards these stores rather than at e-commerce websites.

The 'work-from-home' phenomenon changed the way real estate works. The demand for rental communities that offer combined spaces for living, working, and entertainment is on the rise. People are looking for a property that allows them to work from home, meaning it needs to include or be within a distance from a retail office space. Walkability is a major deciding factor for millennials. Investors should look at units that blur the lines between work, play, and living. These are known as 'Live-Work-Play' units. Such mixed-use projects are on the rise and would be a great investment option for those looking to invest in real estate in this current market. Properties previously accessible only by car or public transport are now accessible by simply walking! This creates demand and boosts retail sales. These real estate projects can range from a single building to an entire neighborhood, so invest according to your advisor's and your discretion.

Such real estate projects have other benefits too. Usually, retail centers are either located close to highways to have easy access to get to them. Furthermore, they offer economic benefits which help residential builders save on funds that would have been used to bring in utilities. Often, these additional expenses are associated with building residential properties in greenfield spaces (new construction projects.) We've spoken about why such projects attract residents, but what makes them stand out for investors to invest in them? In these times of rising interest rates and falling consumer spending, getting an influx of people near a retail center would help increase cash flow via diversification. Furthermore, such projects are better for the environment and help reduce the builder's carbon footprint, especially if the project is built by repurposing an existing structure rather than building a new structure off the ground.

Building a residential wing inside a retail center may need additional permissions and negotiations from the local authorities. Investor discretion is advised. Please consult with a professional before investing in any type of real estate. This article has been adapted from the "Winter 2023" edition of Urban Land Magazine, written by Patrick J. Kiger.

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