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Columbus Housing Market Trends – Fall 2020

Columbus Housing Market Trends Fall 2020
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Rent Growth Endures Amid Steady Demand

Columbus’ multifamily market has remained resilient in the face of economic and financial volatility. Weathering the national trend of declining rates during the second and third quarters, Franklin County rents stayed positive. On a trailing three-month basis through September, rents rose 0.3% to $1,018, while the U.S. average was up only 0.1% to $1,463.

Employment gains started to decelerate at the beginning of last year. By July 2020, the health crisis had cost the metro more than 98,000 jobs, accounting for a 6.8% year-over-year workforce contraction. Following an initial shock, Columbus avoided more severe effects of the COVID-19 outbreak due to its lower population density, favorable cost-of-living metrics and diversified economy.

Several large-scale industrial projects have completed groundbreaking or are in development across the metro. VanTrust Real Estate began work on a 2.3 million-square-foot park near  Rickenbacker International Airport in September, and New Albany—an emerging tech hub northeast of downtown Columbus—will be home to Facebook’s third facility in Ohio and Google’s $600 million data center. In 2020 through September, 2,837 units came online, and more than $154 million in multifamily assets traded across Columbus—a 58% drop compared to the same interval last year.

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About the author

Laura Calugar

Laura Calugar is a senior associate editor with Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News. She has a 10-year background in broadcast media and joined the CPE-MHN team in 2016.

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