Even as the construction pipeline has emptied out to a degree, new apartment supply reached a 30-year high in 2017. RealPage data show 395,777 completed units in the 150 largest US metro areas, a 46% increase over 2016 completions. However, on the whole demand continues to keep pace with the new supply.
Notwithstanding a fourth-quarter lull that’s characteristic of the season—albeit one that was accompanied by a rent decline at the deep end of the normal range—apartment demand remained strong for ’17 and kept occupancy levels steady at 95%. However, RealPage notes that operators have reined in their pricing strategies in an effort to fill all of those new units.
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