Orlando Real Estate Market Trends – Winter 2021

Orlando Multifamily Market Report Winter 2021
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Central Florida’s Rent Woes Continue

The road to full recovery in the Orlando multifamily market is set to be long and fraught with challenges. Rent growth started to decelerate at the end of 2019, which, combined with a job market affected by the health crisis, could continue to curb rates. In the three months ending in January, rents dropped 0.2% to an average of $1,336.

Gradual efforts to reopen the metro’s tourism-dependent economy brought the unemployment rate to 7.7% in November, down from an all-time high of 21.1% in May, but still 100 basis points above the national rate. The leisure and hospitality sector lost a third of its workforce in the 12 months ending in November. However, Orlando’s reputation as one of the world’s most popular tourist and theme-park destinations has encouraged some developers to go on with their development plans. Dart Interests is set to break ground on Evermore Orlando Resort, a $1.5 billion project near Disney World, and BTI Partners intends to move ahead with its plans to expand the Grove Resort & Water Park.

The ongoing economic volatility has softened investment activity, with only $63 million in assets changing hands in the first month of 2021. As of January, developers had 18,593 units under construction, most of them across high-end projects. Yardi Matrix expects rents to rise 1.5% by year-end.

Read the full Matrix Multifamily Orlando Report-Winter 2021

 

About the author

Laura Calugar

Laura Calugar is a senior associate editor with Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News. She has a 10-year background in broadcast media and joined the CPE-MHN team in 2016.

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