Orlando Multifamily Report – December 2023

Rents are contracting, in line with other former Sun Belt high performers.

After stabilizing during the first half of the year, Orlando’s multifamily market returned to negative movement in July. An overall economic slowdown caused by rising inflation dented rent growth in the metro, leading to a short-term decrease of 0.5 percent on a trailing three-month basis as of October. The metro’s average rate was $1,788, some $70 above the U.S. figure. On a year-over-year basis, Orlando rents contracted by 2.7 percent. Meanwhile, occupancy clocked in at 94.4 percent, down 70 basis points year-over-year as rental stock expanded at near-record levels.

The metro added 33,400 jobs in the 12 months ending in September, up 3.4 percent year-over-year and outperforming the national rate by 90 basis points. Two of the metro’s economic drivers, trade, transportation and utilities and leisure and hospitality, added a combined 16,800 jobs. Meanwhile, professional and business services lost 4,400 positions, one of three sectors to see year-over-year contractions. City authorities are rolling out the Project DTO 2.0 initiative, which is focused on advancing downtown Orlando.

Through October, transaction activity decelerated, following national patterns, to just $1.2 billion, putting the metro on track for its worst sales total in more than a decade. However, construction activity picked up in the 10 months ending in October, with 9,077 units coming online, while the volume of construction starts was in lockstep with 2022 levels, at 11,975 units.

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