Thinking about investing in multi-family property? Apartment buildings, condominiums, rental housing... all of these can be lucrative investments. Or they can be disastrous money pits. NAR offers discussions on the basics of investing in multi-family properties, market trends, and property management tips.


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multifamily properties: 10 tips for landlords

The Basics

Multifamily Housing (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Multifamily Housing Law and Legal Definition (USLegal)

Six Fundamentals of Supply and Demand That Multifamily Investors Shouldn’t Miss (Forbes, Sep. 17, 2018)


Multifamily Housing Construction Starts See Drop in August According to Recent Dodge Data Report (Multifamily Biz, Sep. 26, 2018)

Housing Starts Climb Higher in August, Multifamily Housing Takes Lead (HousingWire, Sep. 19, 2018)

2108 Multifamily Trends: Learning from Homeownership Demand (Multi-Housing News, Apr. 2, 2018)

Investing in Multi-Family Property

The Ins and Outs of a Multi-Family Investment Property (Mashvisor, Mar. 27, 2018)

10 Things to Consider When Investing in Multifamily Real Estate (5arch, Jan. 16, 2018)

12 Pros and Cons of Investing in a Multifamily Home (Green Residential, Dec. 28, 2017)

Property Management

20 Best Property Management Software in 2018 (Finances Online, Jul. 16, 2018)

The Responsibilities of a Real Estate Property Manager (The Balance Small Business, Jun. 18, 2018)

8 Reasons Why Property Management Companies Fail-and How to Avoid Others’ Mistakes (Buildium, Feb. 16, 2018)

Useful Websites

Marketing and Leasing: Multifamily Properties (NAR.realtor) — NAR’s education matrix

Multi-Housing News — Provides current news and statistics about the multi-housing industry

National Apartment Association — A trade association for the apartment housing industry

National Association of Residential Property Managers® — A trade association for residential property managers

National Multi Housing Council — Provides a forum for insight, advocacy and action for members and the community

Property Manager — Sells property management software, and shares perspectives and best practices to help manage your property management business

Books, eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings (eBook)

The Complete Guide to Real Estate Finance for Investment Properties: How to Analyze and Single-Family, Multifamily, or Commercial Property (eBook)

Complete Landlord and Property Managers Legal Survival Kit (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

The Complete Real Estate Encyclopedia (eBook)

Happy About Apartment Management: 30 Years of Expert Tips and Advice on Multifamily Property Management (eBook)

Opportunities in Property Management Careers (eBook)

Property Management Kit for Dummies® (eBook)

Rich Dad's Advisors®: The ABC's of Property Management (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Streetwise Landlording & Property Management (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

What Every Landlord Needs to Know: Time and Money-Saving Solutions to Your Most Annoying Problems (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Principles of real estate management (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2011) HD 1394 In7rm

The completeLandlord.com ultimate real estate investing handbook (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009) HD 1382.5 L49

Buy it, rent it, profit! : make money as a landlord in any real estate market (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2009) HD 1394 C39

Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings (Chicago, IL: John Wiley & Sons, 2005) HD 1377 B46

Practical Apartment Management (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2005) HD 1394 In7pr Ed. 5

The New No-Nonsense Landlord: Building Wealth with Rental Properties (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2003) HD 1394 J76

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