Gray Report Newsletter: July 11, 2024

Multifamily Prices Have Bottomed. Growth Is Under Way.

Apartment prices increased a full 4.9% last month, according to recent data from Green Street’s Property Price Index, which follows a 2% increase from the previous month and is the strongest positive trend since late 2021. Apartment demand remains strong amid a generational peak in new apartment supply. Weakening (however gradually) inflation, alongside indications from the Federal Reserve that interest rate cuts are a growing possibility, could finally lead to a more active multifamily investment market, but currently, sales activity is relatively low.

Multifamily, the Nation, and the Economy

Multifamily Price Growth Leads as Commercial Property Prices Trend Upward

Via Green Street: Apartment prices were the only property type with price growth this past month, with the 4.9% monthly increase in apartment prices carrying the overall property price index to 0.7%.

Multifamily and the Housing Market

Middle-Income Housing Programs Emerge as Affordability Challenges Climb the Income Ladder

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies: “For starters, these programs are relatively new, with most of them coming into existence since 2019. The programs are geographically diverse, present in states across the county, and encompass a range of market conditions, housing costs, and political environments, including statewide programs in California, Georgia, and Minnesota.”

Multifamily Markets and Reports

U.S. Apartment Demand Surges in 2nd Quarter

Via RealPage: “While supply continues to garner the lion’s share of apartment industry-focused headlines, there’s an equally remarkable demand surge brewing across the country. In fact, the impressive demand reading in year-ending 2nd quarter 2024 may be difficult to overstate.”

Commercial Real Estate and the Macro Economy

June 2024 National Multifamily Report: Expense Growth Painful Where Rent Increases Cool

Via Yardi Matrix: “Overall, expenses per multifamily unit nationally rose by 8.0% year-over-year to $8,890 in 2023, after increasing by 8.2% in 2022 . . . more than double the
3.4% average growth rate of the previous four years.”

Other Real Estate News and Reports

National Hotel Industry Report, Q1 2024

Via Berkadia: While occupancy numbers have differed little from recent years, ADR and RevPAR have stagnated, with RevPAR trending slightly down relative to recent years.