Tampa Multifamily Report – Summer 2020

Although Florida's economy took a blow in 2020, rents in the metro were already improving by mid-summer.
Tampa rent evolution, click to enlarge
Tampa rent evolution, click to enlarge

What was expected to be a record-breaking year for Florida’s tourism sector has been derailed by the pandemic-propelled economic dislocation, and metro Tampa’s tourism-reliant economy has also felt the shock. However, multifamily market fundamentals have been less impacted, as the metro continues to draw residents from the Northeast, where renters are used to high rental prices. Tampa rents were up 0.2 percent to $1,291 on a trailing three-month basis as of August, below the $1,463 U.S. figure.

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

According to Visit Florida, some 2.7 million overseas tourists visited Florida in the second quarter of 2019, with the number shrinking to 235,000 during the same period in 2020. While summer months indicated a slight rebound in hotel stays and air travel, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority anticipated a $75 million drop in revenue projections for the fiscal year ending in September. Organizers are moving forward with plans for Super Bowl LV, scheduled for February 2021. Arguably the largest live event in the U.S., the Super Bowl equals a major economic boost for the area.

Year-to-date through August, developers added 2,218 units to inventory and some 12,700 apartments were underway, as construction was deemed an essential service during shelter-in-place orders. Sales volume in 2020 amounted to more than $1 billion through August, less than half of last year’s figure for the same interval.

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