Home Properties, Inc.

  • Overview

It's balconies and pools for the middle-income set. Home Properties invests in, develops, renovates, and operates multifamily residential properties, primarily in growth markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT) owns and manages a portfolio of about 125 properties with around 42,000 individual units. Home Properties typically invests in communities for which it can provide a little TLC (such as improved landscaping, interior upgrades, and amenities such as swimming pools), allowing it to benefit from increased property values post-rehabilitation. The REIT also develops new properties, usually on raw land adjacent to existing properties in its portfolio.

Home Properties focuses on high-growth markets which have high barriers to entry, primarily on the East Coast. Target areas include Baltimore, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. In line with that strategy, it has in recent years exited both the Detroit metro and upstate New York markets, selling about 40 apartment complexes total.

The REIT slowed down its acquisition activity during the economic downturn. With the weakened financial markets, tenants are less likely to be interested in the upgraded rents that accompany spruced-up apartments, so Home Properties held tight with its existing portfolio. With the market's recovery, the REIT has begun ramping up its investment activity; it bought about a dozen  apartment communities in its core markets in several separate transactions during 2010 and 2011. Home Properties earmarked up to $300 million for acquisitions in 2012 and has a handful of properties under development. The REIT occasionally sells properties that are no longer a strategic fit or are less efficient to operate.

As economic indicators showed signs of improvement, rental income for Home Properties rose more than 12% in 2011. Its net income for the year reflected a similar increase as the company's results were buoyed by its 2010 acquisitions.

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Home Properties, Inc.


850 Clinton Sq
Rochester, NY 14604-1795
Phone: 1 (585) 546-4900
Fax: 1 (585) 4733408
www.homeproperties.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: HME,
  • Stock Exchange: , NYSE
  • Chief Financial Officer; Executive Vice President: David Gardner
  • Co Chairman: Nelson Leenhouts
  • President; Chief Executive Officer; Director: Edward Pettinella

Major Office Locations

  • Rochester, NY