Richmond Multifamily Report – Fall 2019

Despite overbuilding fears across key submarkets over the past few years, the city kept its cool going into 2019’s last quarter, with long-term fundamentals still solid.
Richmond rent evolution, click to enlarge
Richmond rent evolution, click to enlarge

Despite overbuilding fears across key submarkets over the past few years, Richmond kept its cool going into 2019’s last quarter, with long-term fundamentals still solid. Rents in the metro improved 2.8 percent year-over-year through September and occupancy moved up 30 basis points over 12 months, to 95.5 percent, as of August, reflecting moderate yet steady growth.

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Richmond gained 20,600 jobs in the 12 months ending in July. While employment growth acceleration is partly due to seasonal factors, a high number of gains were in high-paying sectors, as professional and business services, and financial activities added more than 10,000 jobs. Meanwhile, the area’s touristic appeal continued to boost the leisure and hospitality sector, which gained 7,300 jobs year-over-year, for a 4.3 percent expansion.

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

Bolstered by institutional investors’ increasing appetite for secondary and tertiary markets at this point in the cycle, more than $734 million in multifamily assets traded year-to-date through September. Meanwhile, developers added more than 1,200 apartments to Richmond–Tidewater’s inventory in 2019’s first three quarters, with an additional 6,907 units under construction as of September. As supply is slated to remain just one step behind demand in the foreseeable future, we expect Richmond rent growth to stay steady going into 2020.

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