No Condo

Building Salt Lake is a tremendous online publication focused on CRE not only in Salt Lake City but in Utah generally (strong focus on the Wasatch Front). The attached article references a recent conference that included Utah-based professionals engaged in urban studies, design, land use, and development. A Utah state Senator and state representative also participated. Bottom line: condominiums don’t pencil. And they don’t pencil for a variety of reasons. Arguably the most important being return on investment relative to the time needed to develop projects (stringent lender prerequisites) and design limitations (local zoning and building codes). Compounding the problem is the fact that multifamily construction is far easier to accomplish and provides far greater returns. For the condominium product that is built 90%+ of current renters can’t afford a condo. For these reasons condominium construction as a percentage of new housing stock has declined from 53% in 2005 to 5% in 2022. It’s no wonder that condominiums aren’t a housing option in today’s world. 
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