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National Average Asking Rents Stopped Growing in August, According to Yardi Matrix

National Average Asking Rents Stopped Growing in August

Average U.S. asking rent decreased by $1 last month to $1,718

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2022 – Average apartment asking rents decreased for the first time in 2022, dropping by $1 to $1,718, according to the latest Yardi® Matrix Multifamily Report.

The anticipated slowdown is no surprise to analysts, who observe in the new report that the U.S. economy is starting to feel the effects of higher interest rates, while migration is slowing affordability is affecting high-growth metros.

“Rent growth tends to slow in the fall, but this year comes at the tail end of the unprecedented increases. The deceleration in August was strongest in many of the markets that have had the most growth over the past two years, a sign that affordability is becoming an issue,” states the report. It’s possible that deceleration could continue for the remainder of the year.

Markets that have had the most growth over the past two years are seeing the strongest signs of affordability issues. Year-over-year rent growth dropped 7 to 8 percentage points over the last two months in Orlando (16.9 percent in August), Miami (16.7 percent) and Tampa (14 percent).

The cooling housing market is a positive demand driver for multifamily, but inflation and a slowing job market are eroding residents’ ability to pay. Rent declines were concentrated in high-end Life- style properties. Lifestyle rent growth was negative in 21 of Yardi Matrix’s Top 30 metros.

Overall, year-over-year growth decelerated by 170 basis points to 10.9 percent. Nationally, asking rents are up 6.6 percent year-to-date, higher than any year prior to 2021. The U.S. occupancy rate was steady at 96 percent.

The single-family sector continues to mirror the activity in multifamily. The average single-family asking rent decreased by $2 in August to $2,090, while year-over-year growth dropped by 170 basis points to 9.5 percent.

Learn more about the changing outlook for multifamily in the latest multifamily report.

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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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