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Seattle Multifamily Market Report – February 2024

Seattle Multifamily Market Report February 2024
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Fundamentals Slow But Healthy

Seattle’s multifamily fundamentals were still relatively healthy at the end of 2023, following a challenging year, notes the latest Yardi Matrix Seattle multifamily market report. Rents declined 0.4% on a trailing three-month basis through December, lagging the U.S. rate by 10 basis points, according to the U.S. multifamily market report. Demand remained steady, as reflected by the occupancy rate in stabilized properties, which rose 0.2% in the 12 months ending in November, to 95.3%.

In the 12 months ending in October, Seattle employment expanded 2.8%, or 42,500 jobs, outperforming the 2.3% U.S. figure. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate rose to 4.0% in November, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reaching the highest level in more than two years. The rate was on par with the state yet behind the 3.7% U.S. figure. Education and health services and leisure and hospitality led gains, adding 23,200 jobs combined. However, two sectors contracted—information lost 5,400 jobs and construction shed 1,500 positions. Amid a challenging period for tech at large, Seattle’s professional and business services sector gained 2,700 jobs.

Developers delivered 7,463 units in 2023, which was the lowest volume since 2013 (6,589 units). The construction pipeline comprised 30,904 units underway in the third quarter, but posted a decline in the number of new construction starts. Meanwhile, investors remained cautious, trading less than $1 billion in 2023, marking the lowest annual volume of the past decade.

Read the full Yardi Matrix Seattle Multifamily Market Report February 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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