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By Ashley Fahey  –  Real Estate Editor, The Business Journals

This may be the first year San Francisco multifamily real estate investment firm Hamilton Zanze & Co. does $1 billion-plus in acquisitions in one year.

“We’ve never been more active as a company,” said David Nelson, chief transactions officer at Hamilton Zanze, where he’s been since 2004. The company has completed about $350 million in acquisitions so far this year and is under contract on another $600 million or so, Nelson said.

It’s no secret that the U.S. multifamily market has seen a meteoric rebound after a flat — or, for some gateway metros, declining — 2020. Massive amounts of equity, low-cost debt, favorable fundamentals and possible changes to the federal 1031 exchange program are contributing to the market’s frothiness.U.S. multi-housing transaction volume totaled $138 billion in 2020 and $32 billion in the first quarter of 2021, according to Jones Lang Lasalle Inc.

Appetite for hard-hit property types, like retail and hospitality, as well as ones with uncertain futures, like office, has waned in the past year or more. Capital has instead flooded to sectors like industrial and multifamily.

“Frankly, there’s only so much industrial allocation the market can bear,” said David Bitner, head of Americas capital markets research at Cushman & Wakefield PLC. “You end up with a lot of liquidity having to go into the multifamily markets.”

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