Apt. Rent Growth Breaks Slowdown Streak

July 31, 2017

Apt. Rent Growth Breaks Slowdown Streak

June’s nationwide increase marked the first time since early 2016 in which the rate of year-over-year growth increased from the prior month, says Yardi Matrix.

July 27, 2017 | PAUL BUBNY | GlobeSt.com

SANTA BARBARA, CA—After decelerating for more than a year, US multifamily rents stepped on the gas in June, according to Yardi Matrix’s latest monthly survey of 121 US metro areas. Rents nationwide were up by an average of $12 last month, marking the biggest monthly increase in several years and the first time since January 2016 in which the rate of year-over-year growth increased from the prior month.

What Yardi Matrix calls “heady” performance by multifamily rents stems from several factors, according to the research firm’s latest report, issued Thursday. One was seasonality, since rent growth tends to be stronger in the spring. Another factor was a rebound in markets such as Seattle, Denver, Boston and San Francisco, which had faltered in recent months. Seattle in fact led the nation in rent growth for the trailing three months, while perennial leader Sacramento topped the list once more in trailing 12-month growth.

Also noteworthy, says Yardi Matrix, is the ongoing strength of some secondary and tertiary metro areas, including Reno, NV; Tacoma, WA; and Colorado Springs, CO. “Reno is benefiting from the influx of economic activity created by Tesla’s huge battery plant, while Tacoma and Colorado Springs are reaping the spillover effect from nearby Seattle and Denver,” the report states.

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