The New York Times looks at the struggling new condo development market in Washington D.C. and the impact of developers changing course from sales to rentals.
“After six weeks of failing to lure more than a couple of dozen buyers, Mr. Franco and his partner, Jeff Blum, joined the builders of nearly 6,000 condominium units in the Washington metropolitan area who have decided in the last three months to recast their projects as rental apartment buildings.”
“The latest salvage operation on the part of condo developers is far from a sure bet, however. Condominium buildings generally cost more to build and operate than those built for apartments from scratch. And while rents are high and rising in most cities, in many cases they still are not sufficient to turn a profit.
Industry analysts also point out that rents may start sagging if too many condos are converted into apartments too quickly.”
And while we’re not suggesting that Washington is the best barometer for the San Francisco condominium market, with 188 King reverting to rentals for their unsold inventory, and rumors of The Palms and a number of other higher profile buildings considering following suit, it’s simply additional insight into the impact and implications of local developers changing course.
∙ Buyers Scarce, Many Condos Are for Rent [NYTimes]
∙ 188 King Street: The Rents [SocketSite]
∙ The Palms: Financing Incentives And Inventory Update [SocketSite]