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Single-Family Home Rents Rise as Multifamily Comeback Strengthens

Yardi Matrix National Multifamoly Report May 2021

Yardi Matrix now offers data on standalone home rentals as part of monthly multifamily report

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 15, 2021 – Matching pre-pandemic performance, multifamily rents increased by 2.5% year-over-year in May. Performing even stronger last month were single-family home rentals, which increased 7.3% YoY, according to Yardi® Matrix.

The single-family rental (SFR) class is a new addition to Matrix’s monthly multifamily reports. The national data set includes more than 90,000 units in 700 built-to-rent communities across the U.S. Institutional investment in the sector has surged in the last 13 years.

Overall SFR rents increased by $14 in May to $1,761, and overall occupancy is strong at 96.6% as of April. California’s Inland Empire, Phoenix and Detroit have large concentrations of SFR homes.

“The pandemic has fueled even more demand, and new institutional investors are pursuing the sector. The current constraints to purchase a home coupled with demand for more space is fueling strong rent and occupancy growth across metros,” write Matrix analysts.

Meanwhile in the apartment sector, rents grew $12 in May to $1,428, the largest one-month increase since Matrix began tracking its multifamily data set. The 0.8% month-over-month growth rate was the largest since June 2015.

The YoY increase for multifamily puts the sector “almost exactly where rent growth was in March 2020 when the pandemic began spreading in the U.S.,” states the report. “Many metros have recovered and surpassed pre-pandemic rent growth numbers.”

Even struggling gateway markets are making large gains. In New York, rents increased by 3.4% on a month-over-month basis, well above all other top 30 metros. Read the latest Yardi Matrix Multifamily National Report.

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Jeff Adler

Jeffrey Adler is Vice President, of Yardi® Matrix, the data division of Yardi Systems.

Yardi® Matrix is a US multifamily, student, office, medical office/lab space, industrial, and self-storage asset information toolset for originating, underwriting, and asset managing commercial real estate investments, with over 800 clients worldwide. Yardi® Matrix provides investment strategy, market and institutional research reports leveraging the underlying property level detail of 135 markets, >92,000 multifamily properties and >18 MM units. Mr. Adler also leads Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News, two digital media websites.

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