Business Strategy and Outlook| Kevin Brown |
Apartment Income REIT has significantly slimmed down the portfolio of multifamily buildings it owns over the past decade to just its best assets. The company invests in metropolitan markets with solid demographic trends that allow the company to maintain high occupancies and pass along consistent rent increases. Demand for apartments depends on economic conditions in their markets like job growth, income growth, decreasing homeownership rates, high relative cost of single-family housing, and attractive urban centers. Apartment Income's portfolio is typically more suburban than its multifamily REIT peers, which has put it at a slight disadvantage over the past economic cycle but should favor growth in the company as millennials move from the urban centers out into the suburbs over the next few years. The company regularly recycles capital by selling noncore assets or markets and uses the proceeds to fuel targeted acquisitions with strong growth prospects, a strategy that has improved the company's performance over the past few years.