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Houston Multifamily Market Report – March 2024

Houston Multifamily Market Report March 2024
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Pipeline Grows, Rents Endure

Houston multifamily fundamentals entered 2024 on a steady path, according to the latest Houston multifamily market report. Rent growth outpaced the nation and remained flat on a trailing three-month basis, while the U.S. rate contracted 0.2%, as noted in the national multifamily report. Year-over-year, Houston rents rose 0.7% as of January, to $1,351, outperforming the U.S. average, which climbed 0.5%, to $1,710. Meanwhile, the metro’s occupancy rate slid 50 basis points in the 12 months ending in January, to 92.9%.

Unemployment clocked in at 3.8% in December, slightly behind the 3.7% U.S. figure and just ahead of the 3.9% state rate. Houston’s jobless rate was the highest among major Texas metros. In the 12 months ending in November 2023, employment expanded by 2.9%, or 77,800 net jobs, surpassing the 2.2% national rate. All sectors gained jobs, except for information, which remained flat, and mining, logging and construction, which lost 2,400 jobs. Education and health services led gains (23,400 jobs), followed by trade, transportation and utilities (18,300 jobs) and professional and business services (10,500 jobs).

Developers completed 1,201 units in January and had another 33,211 underway. Yearly deliveries moderated further in 2023. However, new construction starts jumped nearly 20% year-over-year, even as the national pipeline slowed. Investment was tepid, with only $119 million in assets trading in January. However, the price per unit rose to $158,865 for the limited sample size.

Read the full Yardi Matrix Houston Multifamily Market Report: March 2024

About the author

Anca Gagiuc

Anca Gagiuc brings more than a decade of experience within the real estate industry. She is a senior associate editor with Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News who also writes monthly multifamily reports at Yardi Matrix.

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