Monday Morning Scoop - Strong Demand for Multifamily to Continue into 2024

Strong Demand for Multifamily to Continue into 2024

Demand continues to remain solid for the multifamily asset class as absorption in this year’s first half surged to 98,429 units with an increase of 83,449 units in the second quarter of 2023, according to a new report by Newmark. This number almost quadruples absorption from last year’s first half, and demand is expected to accelerate in the second half of 2023 and beyond to the first half of 2024. 

So far supply – set to reach a 50-year high this year – is keeping pace. Already in this year’s first half, 198,806 units were delivered, a record, and total deliveries for the entire year are projected to surge 51.1% year-over-year. Deliveries are also expected to increase in the second half through 2024.

In the four quarters ended in the 2Q of this year, the median market saw inventory growth by 2%. Ten out of 150 markets experienced growth above 5%. But over the next four quarters, change is coming with this measurement set to grow by 3.2%, including in 28 markets with inventory growth of 5% or more. As most markets reflected more new deliveries and with that expected to continue, some markets may be slower to absorb new inventory. But even if that turns out to be true, absorption in 40 of the top 50 markets is still expected to outpace the 2018-2022 annual average.

Meanwhile, for the first time in three quarters, multifamily had positive effective rent growth quarter-over-quarter in the second quarter of this year. Midwestern markets made up six of the top 10 markets for greatest YoY effective rent growth. However, rent growth continued to slow YoY.

Worth noting is that multifamily expenses increased a significant 8.3% Y-o-Y, mostly due to a 28.6% rise in insurance costs, which along with management and other expenses put a strain on landlords. Also, on the to-be-watched list is how price dislocation and the higher interest rate environment hinder the investment sales market, evidenced by the 71.8% YoY decline to $28.2 billion in quarterly sales volume.

By: Barbara Ballinger
Source: GlobeStreet