Turns out that Freddie Mac was correct in predicting that 2019 would be a banner year for multi-family developments. The main two factors making Freddie’s predictions a reality in specific locations are having a solid job market and having steady population growth.
Here are the top five cities for multi-family rent growth and the top five cities for multi-family unit growth, according to Yardi Matrix in two separate recent studies.
Top Five Cities for Multi-Family Rents
The national average for rent costs increased by $3.00 to $1,469 in July 2019 from June 2019. This $1,469 represents an increase in rent costs for +3.4% compared to one year ago.
- Pensacola FL experienced a whopping +9.1% increase in rent from July 2018 to July 2019.
- Rent increased to a record high of $1,178
- Developers anticipate completing an additional 2,000 multi-family units this year.
- Wilmington NC experienced a rent increase of +8.1% from July 2018 to July 2019.
- Las Vegas NV saw an average increase of +8% in rent.
- Phoenix AZ experienced a +7.1% increase in rent with an average rent coming in at $1,171.
- Boise ID saw a +7.1% increase in rent to an average of $1,176.
Top Five Cities for Multi-Family Unit Growth
Yardi Matrix estimates that nearly 300,000 units will be added to the multi-family rental pool by the end of 2019. Yardi estimates that 2020 will see new unit growth near that same number in 2020.
- Charleston SC is adding 3,600 units this year and anticipates adding the same number in 2020.
- Colorado Springs CO is expecting 2,093 new units this year and 2,065 more in 2020. The Springs is seeing a +5% rent increase this year as well.
- Salt Lake City is adding 4,246 new units to its multi-family pool this year, or 4.3% of its total inventory.
- Raleigh NC, one of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the country, is adding 5,800 rental units this year and 5,723 units in 2020.
- Louisville KY is expecting 2,781 additional rental units this year and 2,744 in 2020.
Meanwhile, Austin TX is struggling to keep up with multi-family demand. Occupancy rate is close to 95% on a month-to-month basis and Yardi predicts rent growth to hit +4.1% throughout the remainder of 2019.
Thanks to both Julie Falcon and Maleesa Smith of HousingWire for source data.