Tampa Multifamily Report – Winter 2021

Strong rent growth in the second half of 2020 helped the market enter the year on the right foot.
Tampa rent evolution, click to enlarge
Tampa rent evolution, click to enlarge

Mirroring nationwide trends of contrasting growth between gateway markets and lower-cost metros, Tampa’s rental market not only proved resilient in the face of economic hardship but also showcased strong performance in 2020. The metro led the top 30 markets for short-term rent gains in December, while rents on a trailing three-month basis were up 0.8 percent to $1,337, just below the $1,462 U.S. average.

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In the 12 months ending in November, Tampa’s employment sector shed a combined 63,900 jobs, with leisure and hospitality carrying the weight of the loss (down 31,000 jobs). While job improvement is still sluggish, Tampa led growth in small-business employment as of December, according to the Small Business Employment Watch by Paychex. For December, the metro’s overall index stood at 96.84.

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

Tampa had 14,157 units under construction as of December, with 85 percent of those aimed at high-income renters. More than half of the pipeline (62 percent) is expected to come online in 2021. Some $2.5 billion in assets traded in 2020 through December, for a 36 percent decline from 2019. While the pandemic curbed sales activity, the moderation came after the decade’s cycle peak of $3.8 billion in 2019.

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