Economic Update (August 1, 2012)

The fundamentals for multifamily residential sector continue to improve in the second quarter, as rental vacancy rates fell to the lowest level in a decade.

  • The rental vacancy rate declined 20 bps, to 8.6 percent, compared to a peak above 11 percent in 2009 (Chart 1).
  • New demand for living space is flowing almost entirely into rental units (Chart 2).
  • Demand for rental units remains strong even as the homeowner market begins to stabilize. For example, the homeowner vacancy rate has fallen nearly a full percentage point from its peak (Chart 3) and housing prices have turned up in recent months (Chart 4).

Rental Vacancy

 

 

Household Formation

 

Vacancy Rates

House Prices

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