“Some multifamily types are more inflation-resistant than others. This is particularly true with workforce housing—one of the more overlooked and underappreciated segments of the multifamily market. Due to its strong fundamentals and lack of existing housing supply, workforce housing is a worthwhile consideration as an investment, especially during volatile economic times.”
“It’s critical for investors to understand that affordable housing is a strong and stable investment, one that’s resilient even when the economy isn’t. We have seen gains in the real estate market slowing, yet the affordable housing market remains strong.”
“Affordable housing has shown itself to be a strong hedge against a recession. While higher-end, higher-rent communities are more likely to be plagued with higher vacancies when residents tighten their belts, affordable housing always remains in demand — if anything, demand is even higher in a downturn.”
Marcus & Millichap released their 2018Q4 multifamily market report for Raleigh. The study finds that metro vacancy rates contracted 60 basis points to 4.8 percent in the third quarter; average rents increased 3.5 percent to $1,106 this past year.
Researchers attribute this to the robust economic growth taking place in the greater Raleigh area. According to the report: “Since the third quarter of last year, employers added 26,000 workers to payrolls, well above 18,900 in the prior year-long period.”
The Marcus & Millichap study finds that 5,260 apartment units were completed over the past 12 months, just 70 units short of the number of units produced the prior year. Although multifamily production remains high, units are being absorbed quickly. According to the report: “Renter demand outpaced new inventory year over year, contracting vacancy 60 basis points to 4.8 percent in the third quarter.”
The study finds a $725 monthly affordability gap for renters versus owners and significant demand for older apartment units. According to the report: “By vintage, the largest rent growth was registered in buildings constructed during the 1970s. The more affordable average rent in this age group jumped 5.4 percent to $929 per month.”
This underscores the need for more workforce housing in the greater Raleigh area.
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Marcus & Millichap released their 2018Q4 multifamily market report for Charlotte. The study finds that metro vacancy rates have declined 20 basis points to 4.4 percent over the past year while average rents have increased 4.6 percent. The researchers attribute this to the strong household formation (2.6 percent annualized) and economic growth (2.5 percent annualized) taking place in the greater Charlotte area.
According to the report, 7,800 apartment units were completed over the past 12 months, a 200-unit increase over last year. Although multifamily production is up, units are being absorbed quickly. According to the report: “Even though construction is brisk, robust renter demand lowered vacancy to 4.4 percent in September.”
The report also finds a $430 monthly affordability gap for renters versus owners and significant demand for older apartment units. According to the report: “Older, more affordable buildings registered the strongest year-over-year rent increase. In pre-1970s apartments the effective rent vaulted 5.2 percent to an average of $873 per month.”
This underscores the need for more workforce housing in the greater Charlotte area.