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US multifamily fundamentals remain largely favorable in Q3

by Jody Barhanovich

The U.S. multifamily market remained healthy, with robust demand levels and investment pace during third quarter 2016, according to CBRE Research, though signs of moderation are becoming apparent.

Healthy demand was reflected by the absorption of 192,000 units during the 12 months ending in third quarter 2016. The apartment sector also has continued to see increased supply. The delivery of 59,000 new apartment units in the third quarter brought the trailing four-quarter total to 233,000 units, an increase of 24.1 percent from a year ago.

While tenant demand remains strong, some signs of weakness are showing up in apartment fundamentals. CBRE notes the multifamily vacancy rate increased 20 basis points from a year ago to 4.5 percent. In addition, the rate of rent growth subsided to 2 percent for the year ending third quarter 2016, the lowest l

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