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Orange County Multifamily Market Report – April 2023

Orange County Multifamily Market Report April 2023
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Market Tight Despite Softening

Despite some dampening, Orange County fundamentals remained healthy at the start of 2023. Rents contracted 0.4% on a trailing three-month basis through February to $2,687, lagging the U.S. figure, which was down 10 basis points to $1,702. The occupancy rate in stabilized properties dropped 100 basis points in the 12 months ending in January, but at 96.7%, the metro remained one of the tightest major rental markets in the country. Interestingly, the drop in occupancy was steeper in workforce communities.

The unemployment rate in Orange County dropped to 2.5% in December, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, leading the state (4.1%) and the U.S. (3.5%), while trailing San Francisco and San Jose. Although unemployment surpassed pre-pandemic values, not all jobs lost due to the pandemic were recovered. The job market expanded by 4.4%, or 70,300 positions, in 2022, outperforming the 3.7% U.S. rate. Financial activities, government and other services lost 5,300 jobs combined. Leisure and hospitality led gains, adding 22,400 positions. The sector is poised for more growth, including a planned $4 billion sports and entertainment district.

No sales or deliveries were confirmed in the metro this year as of February, reflecting the impact of macroeconomic challenges, including high inflation and rising interest rates. Still, 8,754 units were under construction, and 2022’s multifamily sales totaled nearly $1.7 billion.

Read the full Matrix Multifamily Orange County Report-April 2023

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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