The Baltimore market is moving forward and registering record gains, on par with nationwide trends. Rents averaged $1,601 in October, a 1.4 percent gain on a trailing three-month (T3) basis and up 13.0 percent year-over-year. Lifestyle rates increased by 1.6 percent on a T3 basis, outpacing the working-class Renter-by-Necessity uptick of 1.3 percent. On a year-over-year basis, all submarkets registered growth, but the largest increases occurred in the metro’s suburbs.
The metro’s economy is making gains, with 93,300 jobs added during the 12 months ending in August, a 5.0 percent uptick over the year. The largest number of new jobs was added to the professional and business sector (24,300 positions, or 6.8 percent year-over-year). Baltimore is positioned to benefit from its diversified economy, particularly in the rapidly growing trade and transportation and life sciences industries.
Multifamily investment reached nearly $2.2 billion in the first 10 months of 2021, already 48.3 percent higher than the 2020 total and above any other year on record. Investors targeted both Lifestyle and RBN assets, and sales prices averaged $182,241 per unit, very close to the U.S. figure. Development has slowed, with 4,300 units under construction as of October, though deliveries totaled only 953 units, with the year’s deliveries likely to remain at the lowest level since the late 1990s.