Rents Up, Vacancy Down in Piedmont Triad Apartment Market

Real Data just released their March, 2019 survey report for the Piedmont Triad and the results show that the apartment market continues to be very strong here in the Piedmont Triad. They report that the average vacancy rate is 3.7%, down from 5.5% in March of 2018, and average rent is $898 ($0.943/SF) versus $842 ($0.888) this time last year. From their market summary:

The Triad apartment market continues to tighten with an average vacancy rate at just 3.7%. Over the last year demand has been strong with 2,595 units absorbed, easily offsetting the 1,487 units added to the supply over the same time period.

The development pipeline included 2,081 units under construction and another 4,462 units proposed. Guilford County is the most active with 1,183 units under construction and an average vacancy rate at 3.3%.

The region has posted strong rent growth of 4.5% over the past twelve months…

With demand expected to remain strong, the average vacancy rate should hold close to 4.0% over the next year. Rents will continue to grow an an annual rate of 4% to 4.5%.

You can buy a copy of Real Data’s full report here.

RealPage Reports Rent Increases for Triad

RealPage released its rent report for the first quarter of 2019 which showed that the Triad had the fourth highest increase in the country. From an article in the Triad Business Journal:

Rent prices in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem metro area saw a 5.2 percent increase in the first quarter, with an average rent price of $830.

Greensboro/Winston-Salem ranked No. 4 in rent price increase among large metros, according to a first quarter apartment market report by RealPage Inc. (NASDAQ: RP). Phoenix, Arizona (up 8 percent), nabbed the top spot, followed by Las Vegas, Nevada (up 7.9 percent), and Atlanta, Georgia (up 5.3 percent). Charlotte ranked No. 11, with a 4 percent increase in rent prices.

Greensboro/Winston-Salem outpaced the national average, with U.S. apartment rents increasing by about 3.2 percent on an annual basis. 

Apartment Communities in Winston-Salem and Greensboro Sold

The Triad Business Journal recently published a story about the sales of two Triad apartment communities:

Six affiliates of the New Jersey-based WG Portfolio are the new owners of Twin City Townhomes in Winston-Salem. The companies paid $10.15 million for the apartment community, according to records on file with the Forsyth County Register of Deeds…

The companies owned the complex for less than a year, paying $7.8 million on Nov. 29, 2017, according to Forsyth County property records. The property occupies about 40 acres and has 27 buildings…

In Greensboro, Margate on Cone Apartments also has new owners.

According to the Guilford County Register of Deeds, Margate CGC LLC of New York and Beth Cone LLC of California paid about $10.6 million for the apartments at 900 E. Cone Blvd…

The complex last sold in 2005 for $6.9 million

Piedmont Triad Apartment Market Remains Hot – Where is it Hottest?

Real Data’s October survey results show that the apartment market remains very strong in the Piedmont Triad. Their market summary says it best:

The Triad apartment market is tightening with an average vacancy rate at just 4.0%. Over the last year demand has been strong with 2,348 units absorbed, easily offsetting the 1,595 units added to the supply over the same time period.

The development pipeline includes 2,814 units under construction and another 2,141 units proposed…

The region has posted strong rent growth of 3.8% over the past twelve months. The average rental rate is now $876 per month, as compared to $832 just twelve months ago. One bedroom units average $769, two bedrooms rent for an average of $869 and three bedrooms rent at $1,093 on average.

The report also indicates that the average vacancy rate should hold close to 4.0% for the next year and rents will continue to grow at a yearly rate of 3.5-4.5%.

Source: AptIndex.com

So which submarkets are the hottest in the Triad?

  • Occupancy – Guilford Northeast (97.5%)
  • Average Rent – Guilford Central ($1,091)
  • Average Rent per SF – Forsyth Central ($1.172)
  • Units Under Construction – Forsyth Central (573)

To get a full copy of the Real Data October, 2018 report go to aptindex.com.

One-Off or Early Signs of a Trend?

Those of us who were around pre-Great Recession can remember a time when it was relatively commonplace for apartment communities to be converted to condos. Then the mother of all recessions happened and rental housing became the most lucrative, and safest, real estate game in town and we stopped seeing those conversions – if anything we saw condos converting to rental units.

That’s what makes the news of this move in Winston-Salem pretty interesting. From a story in the Triad Business Journal:

Winston-Salem investors Ben Bloodworth and Taylor Williams purchased the 836 Oak Street Lofts apartments in downtown Winston-Salem for $2.75 million with plans to convert the 26 apartments in the former mill facility into condos.

The purchase included 1.22 undeveloped acres adjacent to the apartments.

Bloodworth told Triad Business Journal that all current leases would be honored, and the units would be upfitted and sold as the leases expire.

Downtown Winston-Salem is experiencing a boom of new housing, retail, restaurants and entertainment with the growth of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, including the Bailey Power Plant, and the office renovation projects at the GMAC tower.

Downtown Winston-Salem is a particularly hot market in the Triad right now, so this might portend a larger trend across the region, but it will be interesting to see if other investors follow suit, especially in the downtown markets of the Triad’s cities.

Colorado Company Purchases Triad Apartment Portfolio

From the Triad Business Journal:

Interurban Properties of Centennial, Colo., has purchased Loxley Place Apartments in Winston-Salem for $16.25 million from Graycliff Capital of Greenville. Loxley Place is at 3736 Kings Row in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, just north of Robinhood Road.

In May, Interurban bought Springhouse Apartments, Ambercrest and The Fields Parkside in Winston-Salem for $26.3 million and rebranded the communities as the 433-unit View at 5010.

In August 2017, Interurban bought Southgate Gardens and Piedmont Trace, adjacent multi-family communities with 114 units on 12.32 acres at 209 Arthur Drive in Thomasville, for $5.1 million.

In January 2017, Interurban closed on a $9.5 million acquistion of Madison Hall Apartments in Clemmons, a 10.5-acre, 128-unit complex on Idols Road.

Interurban also owns Stadler Place in Greensboro and The Trails at Bethabara in Winston-Salem.

Luxury Apartments in the Triad

The Triad Business Journal recently published an article on luxury apartments in the Triad, and it contained some good information:

In the Triad area, the average rent price for a two-bedroom apartment falls around $800.

In Winston-Salem, the price is slightly lower, at $777, according to apartment search platform RentCafe. Greensboro’s average rent price for a two-bedroom, is $812, according to RentCafe…

A few apartment complexes that are currently under construction in the Triad include The West End in downtown Winston-Salem. Construction began on the $35 million project in April 2017 and the 229-unit building is set to open in 2019.

Another luxury apartment complex, The Hawthorne at Friendly Center Apartments, is set to open in late 2018. 

In the online version of the article, they have a slideshow (subscription required to view) showing off some of the area’s higher-end properties. It’s definitely worth taking a look if you can.

 

Winston-Salem Investment Group Finds Fertile Ground…in Burlington

A newly-formed investment group in Winston-Salem is finding some happy hunting for apartment communities…in Burlington. From an article in the Triad Business Journal:

Luke Chung and his new Winston-Salem-based VIP Syndicate have purchased the first of what he hopes will be several multifamily communities in the Triad.

Chung started in the city where he hopes to acquire many more properties: Burlington. VIP paid $4.48 million for Clifton Place Apartments at 2575 Eldermont St. to a Burlington LLC managed by Jason DeBoer and Jeffrey Gabriel.

“I’m looking to buy as much as I can in that area,” Chung told Triad Business Journal. “I’m very bullish on the Burlington market. I think there’s potential for a boom there in the near future.”

As the article points out, Burlington is one of the highest growth areas for apartments in the Triad. In fact, according to Real Data’s latest report (Oct, 17) Alamance-Burlington has more units under construction (628) than any other sub-market in the Triad. The next two closest are downtown Greensboro (372) and downtown Winston-Salem (344). With it’s proximity to both the Triad and the western edge of the Triangle market, Alamance-Burlington is uniquely positioned for immediate growth.

Westborough Apartments Sold to Two Investment Groups

One of the Triad’s largest apartment communities, Westborough Apartments in Greensboro, was recently purchased by two investment groups. From the Triad Business Journal article by John Brasier:

Blackfin Real Estate Investors of Arlington, Va., and Capital Solutions of Blue Bell, Pa., have purchased one of the Triad’s largest apartment complexes.

Westborough Apartments, a 502-unit, Class B community with entrances off West Friendly Avenue and Guilford College Road in west Greensboro, was sold for $28.1 million by MCAP Westborough LP of New York City.

In the article the new buyers mentioned that they like what they see in the Triad market:

Andrew Buchanan, a Blackfin managing partner said, “We are excited to expand our portfolio to Greensboro and to improve our economies of scale in the region. The Triad continues to see steady job growth we really like the overall risk/return profile of this market relative to what we are seeing in other East Coast markets.”

Blackfin and Capital Solutions are just the latest of a wave of new investors and management companies from outside the Triad who have entered the market over the last couple of years. These include companies like Greystar, Kettler, Peak, Wilkinson, Matrix, and Pinnacle.

Over 19,000 Apartments Needed to Meet Housing Demands in Piedmont Triad

The National Apartment Association (NAA) and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) recently commissioned a study by Hoyt Advisory Services on the housing market in the Piedmont Triad and concluded that almost 19,000 new apartment units will need to be constructed by 2030 in order to meet the region’s housing needs. The study also found that this new construction will require all types of apartments at all price points.

The study found that the Piedmont Triad currently has an estimated 101,020 apartments with residents of all ages and income levels. Of those units, 66% were built before the year 2000, which is a key factor in addressing housing affordability; as new housing units are built they free up older housing stock for workforce housing.

While multiple factors contribute to the need for new apartments, including shifting lifestyle preferences, such as delayed homebuying, as well as the aging American population, a critical component to increased demand for all housing in the Triad is an influx of 25,000 new residents from other parts of the country.

Here’s a link to a PDF version of an overview of the study results for the Triad. Metro MF Overview Piedmont Triad 3-Nov-17

You can also find results at the weareapartments.org website.