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San Francisco Multifamily Market Report – February 2024

San Francisco Multifamily Market Report – February 2024
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Despite some San Francisco officials bracing for a potential “doom loop,” optimism persists for a rebound to pre-pandemic performance, according to the latest San Francisco multifamily market report. Rents declined 0.4% on a trailing three-month basis through December, to $2,753, 10 basis points below the national rate, as reported in the U.S. multifamily market outlook. However, last year, developers also delivered the third-largest annual volume since 2016. Meanwhile, demand kept occupancy flat at a still healthy 95.3% in December.

San Francisco’s employment market expanded 2.1%, or 42,000 net jobs, on a year-over-year basis, trailing the 2.3% U.S. rate. During this time, three sectors lost 14,200 jobs combined, and the hardest hit remained professional and business services (-9,500 jobs). Unemployment in the metro rose from 3.3% in January to 4.0% in November, but still outperformed the state (4.9%), Los Angeles (4.7%), San Diego (4.2%) and Sacramento (4.5%), and trailed the national (3.7%) and San Jose (3.9%) figures. Education and health services and leisure and hospitality led job gains, adding 39,200 jobs combined.

Developers delivered 7,737 units in 2023, and in December had 16,573 units underway and 126,500 in the planning and permitting stages. Meanwhile, transaction activity dropped to the lowest level recorded this past decade, at $1.1 billion in sales, for a price per unit that plummeted 38% year-over-year, to $215,575 in December.

Read the full Yardi Matrix San Francisco Multifamily Market Report: February 2024

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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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