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.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require the member's nar.realtor login.

multifamily properties: 10 tips for landlords

The Basics

With Evictions Looming, Cities Revisit a Housing Experiment from the ‘70s (The New York Times, Oct. 1, 2020)

What’s Driving Multifamily Real Estate During the Pandemic? (D Magazine, Sep. 17, 2020)

Road to Recovery? Confidentiality Agreements for Industrial, Multifamily Properties Bounces Back (Globe St., Aug. 20, 2020)

Assistance Programs are Keeping the Multifamily Market Mostly Intact – For Now (Long Beach Business Journal, Aug. 13, 2020)

Fannie Mae Announces New Measures to Support Residential Tenants in Enterprise-Financed Multi-Family Housing (PR Newswire, Aug. 6, 2020)

Apartment Industry & Its Residents Contribute $3.4 Trillion to the National Economy (National Multifamily Housing Council, Sep. 10, 2019)

Multifamily Housing (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Multifamily Housing Law and Legal Definition (USLegal)


How Multifamily Owners and Operators Are Seizing the Day (Globe St., Sep. 23, 2020)

Brilliant Announces New Platform to Bring Its Award-Winning Smart Home Experience to Multifamily Properties (PR Newswire, Jul. 28, 2020) E

How New Executive Orders Will Affect Multifamily Property Owners (Forbes, Sep. 15, 2020)

Finance Rates for Small Multifamily Real Estate Find Stability (Globe St., Sep. 08, 2020)

Multifamily Property Values Outperform Since Covid (Yield Pro, Sep. 03, 2020)

Urban or Suburban? After Coronavirus, Suburban Multifamily Properties May Have the Edge (Bis Now, Jul. 3, 2020)

The Pandemic Will Force Smart Multifamily Properties to Have a Conversation about Data Privacy (Forbes, Jun. 9, 2020)

Next Generation of Renters Won't Be Easy to Satisfy — They Want Lower Costs, And Better Amenities (Bisnow, Oct. 9, 2019)

Apartments: The Low-Impact Green Investment (Commercial Property Executive, Oct. 2, 2019)

Investing in Multifamily Property

Investors’ Guide to Multifamily Real Estate Syndications (Forbes, Sep. 24, 2020)

It’s Still a Good Time to Invest in Apartments (Yield Pro, Sep. 23, 2020)

Multifamily’s Resilience is Attracting Investors (BisNow, Sep. 16, 2020)

How Coronavirus is Impacting Multifamily Investments and the Transaction Process (PR Newswire, May 14, 2020) E

How to Create Generational Wealth with Apartment Syndication (Forbes, Apr. 27, 2020)

Coronavirus Fuels Indecision in Multifamily Investors (National Real Estate Investor, Mar. 17, 2020)

Five Questions to Ask About Owning Multifamily Real Estate for Cash Flow (Forbes, Oct. 10, 2019)

Making the Case for Affordable Housing Investment (Multi-Housing News, Jun. 3, 2019)

Property Management

Hines Launches Apartment Property Management Venture (Globe St., Oct. 13, 2020)

Property Management in the Pandemic: Seven Ways to Prove Customer Experience with Technology (Forbes, Oct. 12, 2020)

Coronavirus Guidance for Property Managers (National Apartment Association, Mar. 27, 2020)

FHFA Moves to Provide Eviction Suspension for Renters in Multifamily Properties (Federal Housing Finance Agency, Mar. 23, 2020)

Apartment Dwellers Still Crave Sustainability (RE Journals, May 28, 2019)

Going Above and Beyond in Property Management (Forbes, May 10, 2019)

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

Multifamily Biz — Provides current news about sales, construction and the multifamily industry

Books, eBooks & Other Resources


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

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

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

Complete Landlord and Property Managers Legal Survival Kit (eBook)

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

Opportunities in Property Management Careers (Kindle, eBook)

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

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

What Every Landlord Needs to Know: Time and Money-Saving Solutions to Your Most Annoying Problems (Kindle, 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.

Field Guide for Practical Apartment Management (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2015) HD1394 .F48 2015

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

The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings (New York, NY: 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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