Philadelphia Multifamily Report – December 2022

Despite headwinds, transactions hit another record.

Philadelphia rent evolution, click to enlarge

Philadelphia rent evolution, click to enlarge

In lockstep with nationwide trends, Philadelphia’s multifamily market continued to slow down, while still displaying relatively healthy fundamentals. Amid slower absorption, rents were still up 30 basis points on a trailing three-month basis through October. That brought year-over-year rate growth to 7.6 percent, not far from the 8.2 percent U.S. figure. Meanwhile, the occupancy rate dropped 60 basis points in 12 months, to 96.3 percent as of September.

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Philadelphia sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge

Philadelphia sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge

Metro Philadelphia added 122,800 positions in the 12 months ending in August, marking a 4.1 percent expansion. Gains were broad, with four sectors adding more than 20,000 positions each. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 percent as of September, according to preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics data, outperforming both Pennsylvania and the nation. The market has, in fact, recovered nearly all jobs lost in the early stages of the pandemic, reaching just 25,000 positions short of the figure recorded in early 2020.

More than $2.5 billion in multifamily assets traded in 2022 through October, already surpassing 2021’s total and marking a new decade high. Nonetheless, deals slowed down significantly in the third quarter, and this trend may continue if recent signs of capital availability persist. Meanwhile, completions slowed down to 2,473 units year-to-date, while the total pipeline actually grew.

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