U.S. Multifamily Rent Growth Slows Down

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— A new national report from Yardi® Matrix shows that U.S. multifamily rent growth in 2019, while steady, falls short of the levels seen in recent years.

The average rent, which reached $1,442 in May, has grown $14 over the last three months. While that represents a year-to-date increase of 1.2%, last month was one of only two Mays in the last six years in which year-to-date rent growth fell below 2%. Deliveries of new supply are tamping down rent increases in some metros, including Denver, Seattle and Kansas City, Mo.

Although the “bullish outcomes” of that six-year period might not be sustained in 2019, “most markets continue to be in good shape, with only a handful producing rent growth of less than 1.5% year-over-year,” says the report, which is based on a survey of 127 major U.S. real estate markets.

Phoenix, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Calif., Atlanta and California’s Inland Empire were the year-over-year rent growth leaders in May.

View the full Yardi Matrix multifamily national report for May 2019 for additional detail and insight into 127 major markets.

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