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U.S. Multifamily Rents Up Again in April, Yardi Matrix Reports

U.S. Multifamily Rents Up Again in April

Jumping $5, apartment asking rents averaged $1,709 last month

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 9, 2023 – Multifamily asking rents rose for the second straight month in April, according to the new National Multifamily Report from Yardi® Matrix.

Despite economic headwinds, the market continues to demonstrate resilience. The average U.S. asking rent rose $5 in April to $1,709, while year-over-year growth decelerated to 3.2 percent, down 80 basis points from March.

Solid demand has kept rents rising, but at a slower rate than previous years. Demand is buoyed by a tight job market and healthy household budgets, although economists are scrutinizing how much longer those conditions will persist. A recession is still forecast for later this year.

“Rent growth is broadly positive nationally, but regional differences are emerging. High-demand Sun Belt metros are feeling the impact of reduced affordability and robust deliveries, while primary metros have less supply growth and some benefit from rebounding immigration,” states the new report.

Multifamily rent gains remain positive year-over-year everywhere but Phoenix and Las Vegas, but the top-performing markets are different each month. In April, Indianapolis (7.7 percent) and Kansas City (6.4 percent) led the top 30 Matrix metros in rent growth, while primary metros New York, Boston and Chicago round out the top five.

Single-family unit rents also hit a new all-time high in April, averaging $2,089, but year-over-year rates once again decelerated, dropping 60 basis points to 2.3 percent. Occupancy rates decreased in March to 95.5 percent but have stabilized after peaking at 97 percent in 2021.

Gain more insights by downloading April’s Multifamily 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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