Kansas City Multifamily Report – Summer 2021
- Sep 20, 2021
On similar footing with other Midwest metros, Kansas City’s multifamily fundamentals continued to make headway during the second quarter. As of June, rents were up 0.9 percent on a trailing three-month basis, to $1,058, below the $1,482 U.S. average. Year-over-year, Kansas City rents edged up by 5.2 percent as of June.
In the 12 months ending in May, the metro regained 82,100 net jobs, with leisure and hospitality leading growth—the sector added 30,300 positions for a 38.8 percent increase. As of May, unemployment stood at 4.2 percent in Missouri, 3.5 percent in Kansas and 5.0 percent in the metro, all below the 5.8 percent May national rate. The $1.9 trillion stimulus package allocated $195 million to metro Kansas City, with the funds to be distributed in two tranches and spent over the next two years. More than $111 million is going toward replacing lost tax and fee revenue.
Kansas City had 7,695 units under construction as of June, 96 percent of which are in upscale communities. Yardi Matrix expects 3,712 units to come online across the metro this year, slightly exceeding 2019 and 2020 deliveries. The pipeline has been fairly consistent since 2014, with developers adding an average of 3,700 apartments per year. Meanwhile, investment sales amounted to $285 million this year as of June, with some 3,000 units sold in the first half of 2021.