Twin Cities Multifamily Report – Summer 2019

Multifamily rents in Minneapolis–St. Paul increased 3.1 percent year-over-year through May, 60 basis points above the U.S. average and slightly higher than other Midwestern markets.
Twin Cities rent evolution, click to enlarge
Twin Cities rent evolution, click to enlarge

The Twin Cities multifamily market has remained resilient, despite a slowdown in employment gains across the metro due to a tightening labor market. At 3.1 percent as of May, year-over-year rent growth was still 60 basis points above the national average. 

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Large-scale developments are transforming the metro’s urban areas, with construction leading job gains. In the 12 months ending in March, the sector added 2,500 positions, remaining one of the main sources of employment growth. Several infrastructure projects are underway or about to kick off— the Minnesota DOT announced that $1.2 billion of transit-related projects will commence this year. Meanwhile, education and health services were hit the hardest, losing 4,000 jobs. Employers across the state are having trouble finding workers for nursing facilities and outpatient clinics. 

Twin Cities sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge
Twin Cities sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge

Owners tend to have a long-term hold strategy in the Twin Cities, inhibiting transaction activity. Investment volume in the metro over the past three years averaged $1.5 billion, but only eight properties traded during the first five months of 2019. And although occupancy in stabilized assets dropped 60 basis points over 12 months, to 96.6 percent as of April, the rate remained one of the highest among major U.S. metros. Demand, especially for workforce housing, is likely to remain high. We expect rents to advance 4.0 percent in 2019.

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