The multifamily sector has been particularly resilient throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Both value-add acquisitions, as well as opportunistic development in non-gateway markets throughout the U.S. have exhibited the potential to be the most profitable investment choice during this period of market instability.
Staggering Growth in Sun Belt
Sun Belt markets are experiencing outsized occupancy and rent gains since work-from-home trends have changed renter preferences and migration flows. This has spurred a flurry of investment activity in non-gateway markets from investors seeking new build opportunities with advantageous return profiles in these areas of elevated inmigration. While this historic rent growth will not last forever, the attractive combination of affordability, tax advantages, and employment opportunity will continue to push renters of all types toward non-gateway markets, boding well for future demand.
- In Q3 2021, annual rent growth across all multifamily classes reached 10.5%, well above the 10-year average of 2.8%.
- Sun Belt cities are pushing topline rents as high as 28.7% more than last year, while most gateway markets have trailed the national average.
ANNUAL RENT GROWTH FOR TOP 15 PERFORMING U.S. MARKETS
Source: Costar Advisory Services as of Q3 2021.
Demand in Class B Segment
Owing in part to the pandemic, job growth, housing prices, and rising inflation, along with key demographic shifts, Class B multifamily housing has emerged as a recession-resilient sector. Rising rents for luxury units have created substantial spillover demand for existing Class B product, channeling investors toward under-valued acquisition opportunities. This significantly under-supplied segment of the multifamily market offers a more attainable price point to a growing demand pool, while also providing rent growth upside for landlords.
- With only 23.2% of the multifamily inventory currently under development in the Class B segment, existing properties can more quickly capitalize on the demand surge.
- The supply/demand mismatch is expected to drive record-level rent growth for Class B above 11.2% in 2021, with elevated levels continuing through 2023.
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