Any Panic in Q3’s Multifamily Data is an ‘Overreaction’

By Paul Bergeron

Apartment demand has proved more sluggish than anticipated, but the market generally is doing what was expected, Greg Willett, First Vice President, National Director IPA Research, Institutional Property Advisors, tells

Third quarter data from, a CoStar company, reported that after four quarters of supply additions outpacing demand, the market is shifting, with national asking rents declining over the last 90 days by 0.4%.

“All signs point to rent growth slowing even faster than initially projected by the end of the year,” Jay Lybik, national director of multifamily analytics, CoStar Group, said in prepared remarks.

Said Willett, “Most thought vacancy would climb, getting back to roughly the historical norm; everybody knew the double-digit rent growth pace seen in 2021 wasn’t sustainable.

“Any panic that’s registering as rents flatten or even decline a little is an overreaction. Limited pricing power as we move toward the end of the year is the normal seasonal pattern. We just didn’t see that routine seasonal slowing in 2020 and 2021.”

Abrupt Downshifts in Mountain & Desert Markets

The previously hot Mountain/Desert region metros clearly are registering the most abrupt performance downshifts, Willett said, while the numbers are holding up better in Texas and most parts of the Southeast.

“Meanwhile, select gateway metros are posting solid stats,” he added. “And the Midwest is showing why slow and steady performances can be appealing at points of overall market inflection.”

Indianapolis (9.1%) and Cincinnati (8.6%) broke into’s top 10 market list for rent growth for the first time ever.

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