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Kansas City Multifamily Market Report – December 2023

Kansas City Multifamily Market Report December 2023
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Construction, Rents Up in Kansas City

Kansas City recorded solid fundamentals at the start of the year’s fourth quarter, though the metro showed some signs of moderation, according to the latest Yardi Matrix Kansas City multifamily market report. The average asking rent was up 0.2% on a trailing three-month basis through October, to $1,250, while the U.S. saw its second consecutive month of short-term decreases. The average occupancy rates in stabilized assets fell 20 basis points year-over-year, to 95.3% as of September. While Renter-by-Necessity properties registered a 40-basis-point drop to 94.8%, the Lifestyle segment saw a 30-basis-point improvement, to 95.8%.

The metro added 27,500 new jobs in the 12 months ending in August, up 3.0% and 50 basis points above the U.S. rate. Kansas City registered its highest employment growth in the government sector, a 4.6% increase, with 7,400 positions added to the workforce. The metro’s unemployment rate was 2.7% as of September, 110 basis points lower than the U.S. average, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nevertheless, employment could get a boost, as Google submitted plans for a data center campus in Kansas City, a project valued at $600 million.

Developers had 8,355 units under construction as of October. Of these, 4,132 units broke ground this year, 27% more than the number of apartments that started construction during the same period in 2022. In the 10 months ending in October, multifamily deals totaled $340 million, as the sales slowdown persisted.

Read the full Yardi Matrix Kansas City Multifamily Market Report December 2023

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Madalina Pojoga

Madalina Pojoga has a background in film studies and performative arts. She has been an associate editor with Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News since 2022. Her current work centers on self storage, the industrial and medical office building sectors, as well as data-driven reports on the multifamily market.

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