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Apartment Market Improvement?
Posted By Barry Ritholtz On April 17, 2005 @ 7:20 am In Real Estate | Comments Disabled
I’ve been meaning to get to a WSJ article from earlier this week: Apartment market is showing early signs of improvement.
I wonder what the root cause of this might be: Is it the rate increases? Are people getting priced out of the home purchase market? Is immigration more robust or rapid than I imagined?
WSJ  excerpt:
"After a nearly four-year slump, which is good news for apartment owners but potentially bad news for renters.
The vacancy rate for the top 64 metropolitan apartment markets in the U.S. fell to an average of 6.6% in the first quarter, from 6.7% in the fourth quarter and 7.1% in the year-earlier quarter, according to new quarterly statistics from Reis Inc., a New York-based real-estate research firm. Rents also rose in the quarter.
The number of new leases signed and the increase in rents in the first quarter mark the apartment industry’s strongest performances in those categories since 2001, when the rental market began its slide. The U.S. apartment market has been hurt by low mortgage rates that turned some would-be renters into home buyers, a weak job market that cooled tenant demand, and oversupply in some areas. The national apartment vacancy rate rose to an average of 6.7% in 2004 from 3.1% in 2000."
Intriguing . . .
Apartment Market Shows Signs of Life After 2001 Slump
Ray A. Smith
The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2005; Page B1
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