Nashville Multifamily Report – Winter 2019

Boosted by its creative class, Nashville has emerged over the past decade as among the most desirable places to do business in the U.S. The trend is fueling multifamily rental demand, and developers are bringing new product on line at a record pace.
Nashville rent evolution, click to enlarge
Nashville rent evolution, click to enlarge

Strongly boosted by its creative class, Nashville has emerged, over the last decade, as one of the most desirable places to do business in the U.S. This continues to fuel rental demand, with supply bringing record delivery numbers in the past two years. Rents rose 2.9 percent year-over-year through January to $1,240, while the occupancy rate in stabilized properties inched up 20 basis points to 94.8 percent.

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Employment growth softened gradually in 2018, sliding to 1.9 percent year-over-year in November, trailing the 2.1 percent national rate. The metro added 22,200 jobs, with professional and business services (8,900 jobs) and trade, transportation and utilities (8,200) leading growth. Circumstances, however, remain favorable for growth in Music City. Amazon’s new operations hub at Nashville Yards is set to employ 5,000 people over the next seven years, Ernst & Young plans to add 600 jobs over the next five years, and the regional international airport BNA is undergoing a $1.2 billion expansion, slated for completion in 2023.

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

Nearly $1.3 billion in multifamily assets traded in 2018, a cycle high. The per-unit price rose 8.9 percent in 2018 to $152,124, even though investors mostly focused on value-add properties. With 9,260 units underway after the 7,412 delivered last year, we expect rents to rise 2.0 percent this year.

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