In Slowing Economy, Apartment Vacancy Rates Remain Stable

Last Updated: July 16, 2008By

Taken from Multi-Family News
By Anuradha Kher, Online News Editor

New York–Amidst headlines of doom and gloom in the economy, the multifamily industry is holding relatively strong. “Vacancy rates in the apartment sector have been stable in the last three quarters and apartment rent growth in the second quarter of 2008 has seen the strongest gain as compared to all other types of commercial real estate,” Dr. Sam Chandan, chief economist and senior vice resident for research at Reis Inc. said today in a virtual conference hosted by Reis.

“Overwhelmingly and in all parts of the country, buyers are preferring to rent now as a result of which effective rent growth is expected to keep going up. The overall slowdown and situation in the slowing labor market will negatively affect apartments and in some markets, the condo shadow market will compete with the apartment sector with more units coming online,” he said. As a result, asset prices for apartment units have been falling from their peak period to the first quarter of 2008, by 13.3 percent.

Chandan also talked about the ongoing housing crisis, resulting financial troubles, low consumer confidence levels and slowing labor market and then went on to outline how this will affect commercial real estate. He said there will be greater regulatory oversight, more significant intervention in the housing market as is already happening and tighter credit conditions in the housing market.

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