Influx of New Developments Motivating Landlords to Revamp Their Suburban Properties

Beyond the Town Center, you’ll find older townhomes and single-family ranchers in the $200,000s-$300,000s. At the older Valley Forge Towers condominiums, prices hover in the $150,000-$250,000 range. Single-family homes are typically north of $500,000. ( file photo)

Thanks to the influx of new developments in the suburbs, owners of Class B apartments are starting to invest heavily in renovating their properties in a preemptive move to stay competitive, writes Natalie Kostelni for Philadelphia Business Journal.

These older buildings in areas such as King of Prussia and Phoenixville are getting new granite countertops, revamped kitchens equipped with stainless steel appliances, swimming pools, clubhouses, and pet friendly monikers.

The move is in direct response to the close to 6,000 new apartment units being constructed or announced for development in suburban areas by 2020. Over a sixth of them have already been completed in the first half of this year, with another 1,296 currently under construction.

These new developments are shaking up the market and forcing existing apartment landlords to look at ways to make their properties more attractive in order to remain competitive.

“We’re trying to look hip, nice and clean,” commented Brian Paule, director of property management for Jenkintown’s Galman Group, which owns 40 communities totaling 8,000 apartments throughout the region.

Read more about the renovations at Philadelphia Business Journal here.

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