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Orange County Multifamily Market Report – April 2024

Orange County Multifamily Market Report April 2024
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Rents, Occupancy Show Positive Signs

The metro’s multifamily fundamentals remained healthy thanks to steady demand, even as Southern California’s affordability problems persist, notes the latest Yardi Matrix Orange County multifamily market report. And while short-term rent movement turned negative at the start of 2024, down 0.2% on a trailing three-month basis through February, it remained positive year-over-year, up 2.2% to $2,750. Meanwhile, the U.S. rate declined 0.1% on a T3 basis through February, to $1,713, according to the national multifamily market report. Occupancy remained flat in the 12 months ending in February, at 96.5%, placing the metro among the tightest and most stable rental U.S. markets.

Last year, Orange County employment expanded 2.3%, or 36,300 net jobs, ahead of the 2.0% U.S. rate. Meanwhile, unemployment rose to 4.2% in January, surpassing the 4.0% mark for the first time since January 2022, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While it trailed the 3.7% U.S. rate, it outperformed the state (5.2%) and all other major California areas. Three sectors lost 5,800 jobs combined last year—financial activities, manufacturing and information—while gains were led by leisure and hospitality (10,800 jobs) and education and health services (10,200 jobs).

Deliveries through February amounted to 309 units, with another 6,849 units underway. However, construction starts are decelerating. Meanwhile, sales totaled $241 million through February, for a price per unit that rose 14% over last year, to $369,632.

Read the full Yardi Matrix Orange County Multifamily Market Report: April 2024

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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