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Successful real estate investments require having the right product in the right market at the right time. Each week, MPF Research analysts highlight the latest apartment occupancy and rent growth statistics as well as other key performance indicators for rental housing.


Where are Multifamily Building Permits Rising and Falling Most?

Nationally, apartment construction remains at the highest levels since the late 1980s. But at the metro level, the latest multifamily permit numbers tell us which markets could soon see more construction … and which could see development start to wane.


The Suburban Apartment Market Deserves More Attention

Urban core apartments comprise a hot housing product segment, right? We certainly talk about them a lot at rental housing industry events, and the media can’t get enough when it comes to featuring that topic in news stories. To some degree, the hoopla is justified. The share of total apartment construction found in the urban […]


When Opportunity Knocks, Will the Apartment Industry Answer?

An improving economy fueled a strong run in the apartment industry last year, and it appears that the momentum will continue in 2015. Forecasters are looking for continued churning in the U.S. economy, which grew at an annualized 5 percent in the third quarter and finished the year with a bang. In December, the Dow […]


Left Behind: America’s Booming Apartment Development Wave is Overlooking a Growing Group

Apartment construction in the U.S. is at the highest levels since the 1980s, but very little targets a critical and rapidly growing segment of the market: affordable housing. While developers compete to target the trendy niche of college-educated Millennials, the supply/demand gap continues to widen in the designated affordable housing space. And there’s little to […]


The Nation’s Top 10 Markets for Rent Growth in 2014

Apartment rent growth accelerated across the country in 2014. Which markets were the best of the best? MPF Research unveils the rent growth leaderboard in this video edition of Apartment Market Dynamics.


Is Income Growth a Reliable Predictor of Apartment Rent Growth?

Conventional wisdom says that rent growth is contingent upon income and job growth. Is that always true, and if so, to what degree? MPF Research examined the relationship between apartment rent, income and employment levels in each of the top 50 U.S. metros over the past seven years. The results showed that while there appears […]


Did U.S. Apartment Sector’s Momentum Extend Through 4th Quarter?

The U.S. apartment market outperformed expectations through the first three quarters of 2014. But with a huge supply volume scheduled to deliver in Q4, a period of historical softness in demand, could the industry sustain that momentum? We’ll answer that question in this video edition of Apartment Market Dynamics from MPF Research.


The Nation’s Top 10 Submarkets for New Apartment Development

What submarkets are seeing the most apartment development in this cycle, and what’s driving the boom? MPF Research counts down the top 10.


The Nation’s Top 10 Busiest Submarkets: 1. Uptown/South End Charlotte, NC

The U.S. apartment market has seen elevated construction levels in this cycle. But construction activity has been concentrated in some spots more than others, and MPF Research has identified the nation’s 10 busiest submarkets for construction in this cycle. The submarkets were identified based on inventory growth since 2012, including the total number of units […]


Houston Is 2015’s Wild Card Apartment Market – Part Three

If Houston’s employment growth pace over the near term slows to somewhere near half the level recorded of late, underlying support for housing demand, including apartment absorption, should erode. Substantial completion volumes that lie just ahead also are of concern in this metro’s outlook. What’s the Current Performance? In part one and two, we discussed […]

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