CBRE Multifamily Reports

CBRE 2020

The COVID-19 Impact on Multifamily Properties – Latest CBRE Predictions

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc upon millions of individuals, families, and businesses. Due to the drastic reduction of income for many, the multifamily industry has suffered huge deficits in 2020. At Bradyl, we decided to combat the rising issues by increasing our turnaround time for multifamily property owners, to get extra rental revenue quickly.

Some of the issues that the CBRE is reporting to have significant increases among Multifamily properties:

    • Tenant illness
    • Loss of wages
    • Business shutdowns
    • Inability to pay rent
    • Tenants falling more than 3 months behind

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What CBRE Forecasts are Saying about Multifamily Properties

Jump in vacancies

  • The United States’ declining economic situation will most likely lead to a jump in vacancies within multifamily apartments and cause the rent to drop in late 2020 and early 2021.
  • The multifamily market will probably bottom out in the third quarter of 2021, then begin to rise again later in the fourth quarter.
  • The overall vacancy will most likely rise by nearly 6.3% in the third quarter but is expected to recover fully in late 2021.


Decrease in Rental Amounts

  • Rents will probably drop almost 7% through the fourth quarter of 2020
  • They are not expected to bounce back to normal until the second quarter of 2022


The CBRE economic advisors predict that things will start to look better towards the middle of 2022. However, this forecast is subject to change as the pandemic is still not showing a conclusion. Millions of jobs across the Nation have been lost in the wake of the pandemic.

Read the full CBRE Report here.

The United States is Strong

This isn’t the first time that multifamily real estate has been in trouble. Between 2001 and 2003 there was a considerable drop in net absorption but it bounced up above the negative margin at the beginning of 2004.

Again in late 2007, the numbers plummeted, and the US economy nearly crumbled for the next few years until 2010, when things started slowly climbing back up.

Over the years, this nation has been threatened with a number of catastrophes; we have always managed to pull out of it and thrive again.

Hope Amid Chaos – A Sensible Solution

One of the greatest assets that a multifamily property owner can acquire is to add an amenity that brings value to the property and generates a substantial amount of extra revenue.

As rental revenues continue to plummet, adding storage is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase rental income.

Counterattack that loss utilizing the residents you do have.

Results in 8 weeks or less

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Multifamily Storage On-Site Works for Everyone

Many people have been stuck in their homes for months. Living in a small space with extra belongings, that aren’t being used, cause clutter, and make the place seem even smaller.

A bicycle, extra camping gear, winter or summer gear – all take space and tenants without on-site storage will look to off-site storage rental to solve their space issues.

In fact, studies before the pandemic show that most of the people that live in multifamily apartments prefer, and are willing to pay more money to have a safe, secure place to store their belongings where they live.

The average off-site storage unit rents for $60-$80 per month:

Overall RankItem
1Individual units are private (not mesh), so that no one can see inside
2Security cameras in or outside the storage area
324-Hour access
4Built-in lock and key for each unit (rather than providing your own padlock)
5Raised flooring (to protect belongings from potential water on the ground)
6Brightly lit storage room

For factors such as the rising net absorption towards the end of 2019 and the ongoing issues caused by Coronavirus – there is a solution.

Increase rental revenue by installing more on-site storage.

It does not require a large investment and results can be seen in as little as 60-90 days for increasing rental revenue.

The CBRE is optimistic that the financial numbers will begin to bounce back in the second quarter of 2022.

In the multifamily world, that is a long time to wait.

Give the People What They Want – and Profit From It

25% of the people that rent storage units live in apartments or condos according to Inside Self-Storage, an industry storage website that collects data on storage unit rental trends.

“Doug Culkin, president and CEO of the National Apartment Association, says he expects the apartment storage trend to build steam….more than one-quarter of self-storage tenants live in apartments or condos.”

This is where the opportunity is…

Bradyl has Been Helping the Multifamily Industry Add Value to Their Properties since 2009

After installation, Landlords quickly found out that Bradyl storage has::

  • Added value to the property
  • Generated several thousand in ancillary revenue monthly
  • Added security to the building
  • Improved property aesthetics
  • Proven to be a determining factor for gaining new tenants over competitors

Additionally, Bradyl conducted comprehensive multifamily resident surveys, showing high demand for storage spaces in residential apartment communities.

The most alarming statistic we found from respondents?

85% said they would more than likely move from off-site storage to on-site storage if it were available where they lived.

Bring Off-Site Revenue Storage Home

Move Off-site to Bradyl Bin

How likely would you be to move your off-site storage to an on-site Bradyl Bin, if they became available in your building?


In fact, we found in our surveys that most tenants would be willing to pay more every month to have a safe storage solution available on-site.

One property owner was even able to charge tenants up to $4.73 per square foot for storage.

That is square footage that doesn’t need plumbing, maintenance, appliance repairs, or other services provided by management.

Many other tenants expressed that they would be willing to pay an extra $30+ per month simply to have secure storage on-site.

The Numbers Add Up – Benefits of Multifamily Storage

  • Whether you charge by the square foot or by the month, more revenue comes in.
  • You add an amenity that is in high demand
  • You are also adding a revenue source that requires very little overhead.
  • Saving your tenants money by offering lower storage rental fees than off-site storage facilities.
  • The icing on the cake is that the overall value of the entire property rises considerably.

Some Of Our Clients Include

In Arlington, VA, one of our multifamily properties increased the overall worth of their building by $400,000 after installation! See an overview of the case study below:

Odyssey Condominium

Arlington, VA

Residential Storage Alternative

Managed By: Monument Realty
Owner: Capital Residential Properties, LLC

The Challenge:

Multifamily owners and managers are increasingly turning to ancillary revenue opportunities to increase the value of their properties. Residents’ need for storage space often outstrips closet space available. The Odyssey Condominium’s Board sought to add storage spaces for its residents as the lockers in the storage room were sold out. There were no obvious available spaces to add storage on the property.

The Bradyl Solution:

Bradyl completes an on-site assessment and makes recommendations to better utilize untapped space in the building to create enclosed storage units. In spite of significant space limitations, Bradyl was able to carve out space for 15 Bradyl Bins™ in the underground garage. Ancillary revenue earned from fees charged to residents adds significantly to the NOI of the property.

The Outcome:

Bradyl’s storage solutions improve revenue and ROI, while better meeting the needs of the residents. And, at an average CAP rate of 5%, adding just $20,000 in ancillary revenue from 15 Bradyl Bins™ increases the asset’s worth by $400,000.

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For about the same price as wire mesh on-site storage, give residents in your multifamily properties privacy, security, and quality of Bradyl Bins and Bradyl Boxes.

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