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Multifamily Rents Flat as Economic Fears Ease, Reports Yardi Matrix

Multifamily Rents Flat as Economic Fears Ease

U.S. average asking rents averaged $1,701 in January, unchanged from December

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 13, 2023 – Multifamily rents were flat in January as a strong jobs report indicated that fears of a significant economic recession may be overblown. U.S. asking rents averaged $1,701, unchanged from the prior month, according to the latest Yardi® Matrix National Multifamily Report.

Continuing late 2022 patterns, year-over-year growth continues to decline, and is now 5.5 percent, down 70 basis points from December.

The single-family rental (SFR) market remained strong amid ongoing volatility in home sales. The average U.S. asking rent increased $1 in January to $2,070, while the year-over-year increase fell by 85 basis points to 4.2 percent.

“Participants at the late January National Multifamily Housing Council conference in Las Vegas were generally optimistic about demand fundamentals, but concerns centered around issues such as the wave of proposed rent control measures, increasing expenses and high mortgage rates,” say Matrix analysts.

However, the creation of 517,000 new jobs in January is a significant bright spot and eases fears of an imminent economic downturn. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 percent last month and wage growth shows no signs of spiraling.

“Concerns about a hard-landing recession that would reduce household formation are being alleviated by the continuing stellar performance of the job market,” states the report. Gain more insights by downloading January’s Multifamily Report.

Last year, U.S. multifamily rents increased by 6.4 percent after peaking near 16 percent in 2021, according to Yardi Matrix. Those were record figures, the highest seen in a century. The 2023 Yardi Matrix Multifamily Outlook expects that rent growth will be closer to its historical average in 2023.

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Jeff Adler

Jeffrey Adler is Vice President, of Yardi® Matrix, the data division of Yardi Systems.

Yardi® Matrix is a US multifamily, student, office, medical office/lab space, industrial, and self-storage asset information toolset for originating, underwriting, and asset managing commercial real estate investments, with over 800 clients worldwide. Yardi® Matrix provides investment strategy, market and institutional research reports leveraging the underlying property level detail of 135 markets, >92,000 multifamily properties and >18 MM units. Mr. Adler also leads Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News, two digital media websites.

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