U.S. multifamily rents ended with a bang heading into the July Fourth holiday, with the average rent rising by $12 in June to an all-time high of $1,405, according to a survey of 127 markets by Yardi Matrix.
Rents grew by 2.1% in the second quarter of 2018, the highest for any quarter since 2015; by 2.6% during the year’s first half; and by 2.9% year-over-year as of June. The first-half figure was last topped in 2016.
The year-over-year rent growth leaders in June were Orlando, Fla.; Las Vegas; California’s Inland Empire; Phoenix; and Tampa, Fla.
“The healthy showing might put to rest fears that rent deceleration from the peak 2015/2016 years will turn into a flattening or negative growth,” wrote the report’s authors. “It’s a good sign that demand generally is holding up and that robust supply growth is not an impediment to rent growth in most markets.”