Twin Cities Multifamily Report – Summer 2020

The metro's multifamily market proved resilient in the face of the coronavirus-induced downturn.
Twin Cities rent evolution, click to enlarge
Twin Cities rent evolution, click to enlarge

Despite headwinds caused by the pandemic, the Minneapolis-St. Paul multifamily rental market remained resilient in the first seven months of 2020. Rents avoided negative territory; on a trailing three-month basis through July, rates were up 0.2 percent to $1,351.

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

Meanwhile, the average U.S. figure contracted by 0.1 percent to $1,460. However, the metro’s economy as a whole was not immune to fallout from the ongoing health crisis and the civil unrest that Minneapolis faced at the end of May. The Twin Cities unemployment rate hit 10.1 percent in the fifth month of the year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with leisure and hospitality bleeding the most jobs. Other sectors were also severely impacted. Mattress maker and retailer Sleep Number was among the first of the state’s public companies to announce mass furloughs. The firm laid off 40 percent of its 4,400 employees. Many restrictions have now been lifted, but doubts about when the economy will rebound are still widespread.

Roughly 340 million in multifamily assets traded across the metro in the first seven months of the year, while 2,356 units came online. Despite the average occupancy level remaining above 95 percent as of June, we expect both construction and transactions to slow down this year. Additionally, the lingering effects of the pandemic will likely inhibit rent expansion going forward.

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