Private lending in today’s macroeconomic environment

As the real estate market evolves, understanding the broader economic trends and their impacts becomes crucial for investors, homeowners, and analysts alike. We want to provide insightful analysis on the current state of the real estate market and the factors influencing it. Let’s dive into the key macroeconomic trends and their implications.

High Interest Rates and Market Stagnation

One of the most significant factors currently impacting the real estate market is the prolonged period of high interest rates. The Federal Reserve’s efforts to control inflation have led to elevated interest rates, which have effectively stalled various segments of the market. High interest rates have kind of handicapped everybody and everyone’s really just waiting for some kind of relief. This situation has led to a standstill in the market, with many potential buyers and investors holding back due to the increased cost of borrowing.

Multifamily Properties: Long Hold Periods and Reduced Cash Flow

The multifamily property market has been particularly affected by these high interest rates. Traditionally, multifamily investments involve a long hold period, where investors purchase properties, stabilize them, and eventually sell them for a profit. However, the current high interest rates have significantly reduced the cash flow from these properties. The interest rates took that piece of it away, making it harder for investors to generate revenue in the short term. This has led to extended hold periods, pushing planned three-year holds to five years or more.

Market Signals and Future Expectations

Looking ahead, the market’s future largely hinges on the Federal Reserve’s actions regarding interest rates. The question on everyone’s mind is when the Fed will decide to cut rates. The timing of this decision is crucial, as prolonged high rates increase the risk of a recession. The longer that rates stay elevated, the harder it becomes to achieve a soft landing for the economy. The depth and severity of any potential recession will have significant implications for the real estate market, influencing both buying and selling behaviors.

The Inverted Yield Curve and Its Implications

Another important factor to watch is the current state of the yield curve, which is inverted. This means that short-term yields are higher than long-term yields, an unusual scenario that typically precedes economic downturns. When the Fed eventually cuts rates, this inversion will need to correct itself, leading to a normalization of the yield curve. However, the impact on long-term rates, particularly the 10-year Treasury yield, which is closely tied to mortgage rates, remains uncertain. When the Fed starts to cut rates doesn’t necessarily mean that the 10-year is going to follow suit and start to decline immediately.

Political and Global Factors

While the Fed’s decisions are crucial, political factors also play a role in shaping the economic landscape. Upcoming elections and global political developments can influence market sentiment and yield movements. However, we believe that the Federal Reserve operates with a significant degree of independence, making decisions based on economic data rather than political pressure. This independence was notably demonstrated by Jerome Powell’s tenure, during which he maintained the Fed’s stance despite political demands for rate cuts.

Residential Real Estate: A Quicker Turnaround

In contrast to the multifamily sector, the residential real estate market offers a quicker turnaround. ALX Real Estate’s new venture, Silverton Capital, focuses on private lending for residential real estate, which includes fix-and-flip loans and ground-up construction loans. These loans provide a faster return on investment, as residential properties can be bought, renovated, and resold within a shorter time frame. This quicker turnover is appealing in the current high-interest-rate environment, as it allows investors to generate more constant activity and cash flow.

The Role of Private Lending

Private lending, as highlighted by Silverton Capital, presents several advantages over traditional bank financing. Private lenders can offer quick closing abilities and higher leverage, making them an attractive option for investors looking to capitalize on residential real estate opportunities. Private lenders can close deals much faster than traditional banks, which is crucial for investors working on tight timelines. Additionally, private lenders often require less upfront capital, making it easier for new investors to enter the market.


In summary, the current real estate market is navigating through a challenging environment marked by high interest rates and economic uncertainty. While multifamily properties face extended hold periods and reduced cash flow, residential real estate and private lending offer quicker returns and more flexibility. The market’s future will be significantly influenced by the Federal Reserve’s decisions on interest rates and the normalization of the yield curve. Investors and analysts must keep their eyes open, adapting their strategies to the evolving economic landscape while keeping an eye on political and global factors that may impact market dynamics.

Patrick Dunne
Leads property underwriting, economic analysis, debt structuring, and investment management.
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