Nashville’s multifamily market posted solid performance in 2021, with rent growth clocking in at 16.6 percent year-over-year through November. Mirroring the national trend, November marked a softening in rent expansion, with the average Nashville rate rising 1.1 percent on a trailing three-month basis, to $1,508. Meanwhile, the occupancy rate in stabilized properties was up a strong 200 basis points in the 12 months ending in October, to 96.3 percent.
Nashville’s economy rebounded steadily throughout 2021, with the unemployment rate dropping to 2.8 percent in October, outperforming the 4.6 percent U.S. rate. Job gains also topped the national figure (6.4 percent), recording a robust 7.5 percent expansion in the 12 months ending in September, marking the fifth-consecutive month of yearly growth. Although leisure and hospitality accounted for roughly one-third of job gains, professional and business services showed good prospects, with Oracle, Amazon and NTT Data announcing consistent expansions in the metro.
Developers delivered 4,370 units in 2021 through November and had another 17,049 underway. Meanwhile, transaction activity marked a new decade high, with multifamily sales surpassing $2.7 billion, for a price per unit that rose 12.7 percent year-over-year to $209,071, surpassing the $185,466 U.S. average.