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San Francisco Multifamily Market Report – Summer 2021

San Francisco Multifamily Market Report Summer 2021
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Tech Sector Powers Economic Rebound

San Francisco and other gateway markets were last to enter the recovery phase and have a lot of catching up to do. May marked the second consecutive month of positive rent growth in San Francisco, with the average rent rising 0.4% on a trailing three-month basis, to $2,475. Meanwhile, the national rate registered a 0.6% increase, to $1,428. The steady flow of apartment deliveries and resident relocations spurred by the health crisis left a mark on the occupancy rate in stabilized properties, down 220 basis points year-over-year as of April, to 92.4%.

The unemployment rate dropped to 5.8% in April, 30 basis points below the 6.1% national average, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job market on the other hand posted a 10.7% decline in the 12 months ending in March, trailing the -6.9% U.S. rate. Still, a rebound is underway, led by major employers from the tech sector that are reopening offices. With some companies requiring their employees to work from the office a few days a week, demand for apartments should increase.

Despite rising construction costs, development activity remained elevated, with 25,455 units underway and 1,913 units delivered through May. Meanwhile, $911 million in multifamily units traded through May, with investors focused on value-add plays, which further decreased the price per unit by 5.8% to $399,389.

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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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