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Orange County Multifamily Market Report – October 2023

Orange County Multifamily Market Report October 2023
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Tight Rental Market Boosts Rents

During the third quarter, Orange County’s multifamily market displayed healthy fundamentals, with rent growth picking up and supply expanding steadily without significantly impacting the metro’s occupancy. According to the latest Yardi Matrix Orange County multifamily market report, the average rent rose 0.7% on a trailing three-month basis, to $2,759, while the U.S. rate increased 0.2%, to $1,728. The occupancy rate stood at 96.6% as of July, following a 60-basis-point year-over-year decrease, earning it a spot among the five tightest major multifamily markets in the U.S.

Orange County unemployment stood at 3.6% in July, slightly behind the 3.5% U.S. figure and well ahead of the state (4.6%) and all other major California metros, except San Jose, which also clocked in at 3.6%. The market expanded 2.7% year-over-year as of June, having added 40,200 positions. Of all sectors, only financial activities lost jobs (500 positions). Education and health services (11,600 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (9,200 jobs) led gains. The former is poised for sustained expansion via massive projects underway, which will trigger regional growth, from housing to local schools.

Developers delivered 801 units in 2023 through August and had 10,287 units under construction. By the end of the year, Yardi Matrix expects another 2,264 units to come online. Meanwhile, investment activity remained tepid, with just $216 million in multifamily assets trading in 2023 through August. The price per unit dropped to $224,371, leading the $186,926 U.S. rate.

Read the full Yardi Matrix Orange County Multifamily Market Report: October 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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