As we all know, the COVID-19 infection rate has not been even distributed across the country. The same can be said for the economic impact of the national quarantine.

For example, in Pennsylvania the unemployment rate in April topped 16%, while in in Michigan the rate reached 24%

On the opposite end of the spectrum, southern states like Texas and Georgia fared much better in April, both peaking below 14%.

Indeed, in terms of job preservation, the South has greatly out-performed the rest of the country, with states from Arizona to South Carolina experiencing significant rebounds in May.

In real estate sectors such as multifamily, we have seen a strong correlation between these unemployment rates and rent delinquency rates. It is far more likely that some of your tenants are now unemployed, and therefore struggling to pay rent, if your property is in Honolulu or Boston than in, say, Boise or Omaha.

And if you own a rental property with only a few units—or worse, a single-family residence—your risk of having a 100% unemployment rate among your tenants is much higher.

At 1031 Capital Solutions, we continue to stress the importance of regional economics in making real estate investment decisions.

If you or your clients are considering repositioning their real estate equity, please give us a call today. Thank you.

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