Building Boom: Investors Still Bullish on Apartments

From the Wall Street Journal:

After six years of rising apartment rents in U.S. cities, investors from all corners of the real-estate industry are piling into new projects in a bet the boom still has a long way to run.

Over the next three years, developers are expected to build almost 1 million apartments in the U.S., more than the nearly 900,000 constructed over the previous three, according to researcher Axiometrics Inc.

In 2014, multifamily rental construction reached 328,000 units, its highest in nearly 30 years, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by Jed Kolko, a senior fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.

The main lure for investors: rising rents. Average rents nationwide rose 4.6% in 2015, the biggest gain since before the recession, according to real-estate researcher Reis Inc. Rents have increased by more than 20% since the beginning of 2010. Most economists expect 2016 to be another strong year. The average monthly U.S. apartment rent now stands at nearly $1,180, up from about $1,125 a year ago, according to Reis.

Yep, rents are up across the US, but the Triad is still affordable by comparison. According to Real Data’s latest report, average rent in the Triad was $760 in Sep, 2015 which was up from $728 a year earlier. Same could be said for comparing development in the Triad to the rest of the country: the Triad is definitely seeing some apartments built, but not at the same rate as many of the major metro areas.

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