The average U.S. multifamily rent reached an all-time high of $1,409 in July. Rents increased 2.8% year-over-year with the $3 increase from June and have risen 3% year-to-date, according to a survey of 127 markets by Yardi® Matrix.
The July performance arose from strong second-quarter economic growth and healthy demand. "One could say the market is experiencing typical summer growth, a good sign considering the length of the cycle, which has some worried that the party might be nearing its end," the report says. "Economic conditions remain favorable for the multifamily industry, especially in secondary markets that are leading the nation in employment growth."
The year-over-year rent growth leaders remained virtually unchanged from June: Orlando, Fla., Las Vegas, California's Inland Empire and Phoenix. Sacramento, Calif., replaced Tampa, Fla., in the fifth spot. Rents grew year-over-year in each of the country's top 30 metros in July.
View the full Yardi Matrix Multifamily National Report for July 2018 for additional detail and insight into 127 major U.S. real estate markets.
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