Sacramento’s multifamily fundamentals paint the image of a healthy market, despite the ongoing crisis. Rents posted a 1.4 percent increase on a trailing three-month basis through October, while on an annual basis, rate performance improved 15.4 percent, to an overall average of $1,882. Moreover, the occupancy rate in stabilized properties was higher than it has ever been, clocking in at 97.3 percent in September.
Sacramento maintained a steady recovery in 2021, with the unemployment rate improving to 5.5 percent in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate was behind the 4.6 percent U.S. average, but ahead of the 7.5 percent state figure. The job market posted a 3.8 percent increase in the 12 months ending in August, and although it was behind the 4.6 percent U.S. average, it marked the third-consecutive month of expansion. During the period, 41,300 jobs were added in Sacramento, nearly half of which were in the leisure and hospitality (11,500 jobs) and construction (8,600) sectors.
Development remained elevated, but deliveries softened: Through October, just 614 units were added to the existing stock and another 8,778 were underway. Investors traded $753 million in multifamily assets during the period, but their focus on working-class properties pushed the annual per-unit price down by 33.6 percent to $204,174.