AUGUST ISSUE: LIHTC Development Opportunities

Land Rush: Despite tough competition, LIHTC developers are finding sites in major markets.

The apartment development cycle is in full swing, especially in many of the high-cost markets, and that has made it even harder for tax-credit developers to battle their market-rate housing counterparts for development sites. But opportunities remain outside–and within–core markets.

Paul Woodworth, head of SunTrust Community Capital, which provides both debt and equity financing for Low Income Housing Tax Credit development, observes that the market is not necessarily suffering from lack of land. “We have a robust pipeline of new construction deals getting done,” he said. Although “there are higher land prices and rising costs, there is still a lot of work that does get to pencil out.”

SunTrust provides financing in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, including markets such as Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Orlando and Memphis. “We are seeing new deals, preservation of older deals, and also ground-up new construction getting executed across our footprint,” observed Woodworth.

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