Analyst Report: Equity Residential Properties

Summary

Equity Residential, based in Chicago, is one of the largest apartment real estate investment trusts in the U.S. The company focuses on high-quality properties and has benefited from the high cost of home ownership. Prior to the pandemic, the company’s properties were primarily in large coastal cities in four core states. Its new growth strategy is focused on 12 Sunbelt and other non-coastal markets, including suburban properties in Raleigh, Atlanta, Austin, and Denver. The average EQR tenant is a professional in his or her early 30s. Average same-store rental rates are about $3,030.

About 42% of the portfolio is in California and 20% is in New York and Boston. EQR owns or has interests in 302 communities with about 80,200 apartment units. About 95% of these communities are wholly owned. The shares are a component of the S&P 500. The company’s market cap is about $22.6 billion.

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