San Diego Multifamily Report – Summer 2021

The metro continues to outperform other coastal markets.
San Diego rent evolution, click to enlarge
San Diego rent evolution, click to enlarge

San Diego’s multifamily market is overperforming by coastal city standards, with rents and occupancy up significantly, despite pandemic-driven woes. Rents were up 0.6 percent on a trailing three-month basis as of April, to an overall average of $2,056. Meanwhile, occupancy increased 50 basis points year-over-year, to 96.2 percent as of March.

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Although San Diego employment was still down 9.1 percent year-over-year through February, the construction sector is a beacon of positivity. The sector recorded the addition of 1,600 jobs through the interval, up 1.9 percent. Unemployment stood at 6.9 percent according to March preliminary data, already on a downward path since January, when the rate was 8.0 percent. Apart from money coming in through the CARES Act, the city of San Diego has rolled out a small business relief fund to aid the local economy.

San Diego sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge
San Diego sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge

Investment activity for the first four months of the year stood at $201 million, roughly doubling the sales recorded same time last year. Development activity held strong despite health crisis-driven lockdowns and restrictions, with deliveries this year expected to come in close to the metro’s five-year average. Some 8,960 units were under construction as of April, while another 39,000 units were in the planning and permitting stages.

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