News Press Releases

New Supply and Steady Demand Maintains Rent Growth in May

New Multifamily Supply and Steady Demand Maintains Rent Growth in May

Job growth, immigration and high mortgage rates fuel apartment market

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 10, 2024 – The U.S. multifamily market’s performance in May reflected a balancing act between steady demand and robust supply growth, according to the latest Yardi® Matrix National Multifamily Report.

The average U.S. asking rent gained $6 to $1,733 in May, up 0.6 percent year-over-year (YoY), marking the fourth consecutive month of increases. For the third straight month, occupancy continued unchanged at 94.5 percent in April, for a 0.6 percent YoY decline.

Markets in the Northeast and Midwest continued to lead rent gains, headed by New York City at 4.8 percent YoY. Austin posted negative rent growth of 5.8 percent, while most other Sun Belt metros posted rent contractions of 2.4 percent or less.

National rents rose 0.3 percent month-over-month in May, performing slightly better in the Lifestyle segment (0.4 percent) than Renter-by-Necessity (0.3 percent).

Investment activity remained tepid, with just $19.3 billion of multifamily transactions completed nationally through mid-May, 24 percent below last year.

“Opportunities are still available, but investors may have to search harder or move out of comfort zones into segments such as distress, ‘hidden gem’ markets and niche property types,” states the report.

The single-family rental market continued to outperform multifamily, with rents up $6 to $2,166 in May, while YoY growth decreased 10 basis points to 1.4 percent. Build-to-rent is increasingly attractive to institutional investors due to greater construction quality control and efficiency of on-site management.

Gain more insight in the new Yardi Matrix National Multifamily Report.

Yardi Matrix offers the industry’s most comprehensive market intelligence tool for investment professionals, equity investors, lenders and property managers who underwrite and manage investments in commercial real estate. Yardi Matrix covers multifamily, student housing, vacant land, industrial, office, retail and self storage property types. Email [email protected], call 480-663-1149 or visit to learn more.

About Yardi

Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2024, Yardi® develops industry-leading software for all types and sizes of real estate companies across the world. With over 9,000 employees, Yardi is working with our clients to drive significant innovation in the real estate industry. For more information on how Yardi is Energized for Tomorrow, visit

About the author

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.

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment