The Sacramento market posted steadily improving fundamentals last year and entered 2022 on the right foot, despite an expected seasonal slowdown. Rent growth hovered around the 1.0 percent mark on a trailing three-month (T3) basis for nine months and only fell below the threshold in the fourth quarter. The seasonal softening continued into early 2022, but figures remained in positive territory, up 0.1 percent on a T3 basis through January, to $1,874. Year-over-year, however, Sacramento rents were up a healthy 14.0 percent.
Meanwhile, occupancy was flat over 12 months, at 97.2 percent. Sacramento unemployment dropped to 4.4 percent in December, a 320-basis-point improvement from January 2021, according to preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Yet job growth was slow, with the metro adding just 32,700 jobs in the 12 months ending in November, up 3.8 percent and lagging the 4.6 percent U.S. rate. Construction led gains (7,300 jobs), with leisure and hospitality (4,900) and government (4,800) next in line. Total employment stood at a little over 1 million as of December, with some 12,000 jobs below pre-pandemic levels.
Developers delivered 1,442 units in 2021, marking the second-best year in a decade. Another 8,394 units were under construction at the start of 2022. Meanwhile, the transaction volume totaled $1.1 billion in 2021, and due to the sales composition tilting toward RBN assets, the per-unit price slid to $225,148.