Houston’s rebounding economy has helped its multifamily market, which posted a substantial bounce back in 2021. On a year-over-year basis through January, rent growth was up 10.9 percent, to $1,245, while on a trailing three-month basis the 0.2 percent rate mirrored the national softening trend attributed to winter. The metro’s average overall occupancy rate in stabilized properties rose 200 basis points year-over-year to 94.0 percent in December.
Unemployment improved to 4.8 percent in December, outperforming the state (5.0 percent), but still lagging the national rate (3.9 percent), according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job market expanded 4.5 percent in the 12 months ending in November, 10 basis points below the U.S. rate. Professional and business services led growth (33,400 jobs), boosted by the steady stream of companies that expanded in or relocated to Houston, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, NRG Energy, Axiom Space, Roboze and Exxon Mobil Corp.
Last year marked an all-time high in transaction volume with multifamily sales surpassing $10.4 billion, more than double the previous decade-high in investment totals. Stock expansion was also robust. The 19,898 units delivered made it the second-best year of the past decade for multifamily inventory expansion.