Kansas City Multifamily Report – Fall 2021
While lagging southern boomtowns, the market is well on its way to recovery.
Kansas City’s multifamily market continued its path to recovery that began during the summer. As of October, rents in the metro were up 0.6 percent on a trailing three-month basis, to $1,099, below the $1,572 national average. RBN assets remained in constant demand, while Lifestyle growth accelerated over the past two quarters. Year-over-year, rents in Kansas City were up 7.0 percent.
Unemployment in the metro reached 3.5 percent in September, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data, highlighting the city’s eagerness to recover ground lost in 2020. Some 48,900 net jobs were gained over a 12-month period ending in August, up 5.0 percent. The leisure and hospitality sector added the most jobs (20,800), but the metro’s largest sectors—trade, transportation and utilities, and professional and business services—also saw positive gains. Of the $194 million granted through the American Rescue Plan Act, Kansas City has received half, with the second distribution expected in May. The city committed more than $15.6 million to support disproportionately impacted communities.
Developers shifted their focus due to the increased demand for Lifestyle properties. Kansas City had 7,492 units under construction as of October, with the Lifestyle segment comprising 93.9 percent of the pipeline. Investment sales generated $471 million over the first ten months of the year.