Washington, DC, Multifamily Report – February 2023

Washington, D.C, remained one of the nation's sturdiest rental markets.

Washington, D.C. rent evolution, click to enlarge

Washington, D.C. rent evolution, click to enlarge

Like most U.S. rental markets, Washington, D.C., is readjusting after the strongest period of rent growth ever recorded in the metro and the nation. Rates were down 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2022, while the U.S. average contracted by 0.2 percent. Year-over-year, metro D.C. rents were up 4.2 percent. Meanwhile, occupancy held up relatively well, down just 20 basis points in 12 months.

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Washington, D.C. sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge

Washington, D.C. sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge

The economy continued to show solid figures, with the metro gaining 64,400 jobs in a year and unemployment at a tight 3.1 percent. There is no shortage of large-scale projects, and the announcements keep coming. Already the country’s No. 1 data center market, Northern Virginia will receive a significant boost from Amazon, which intends to invest a whopping $35 billion in facilities in the area, on top of its ongoing HQ2 project. Meanwhile, the Silver Line extension project was completed, providing a public transit connection between Dulles International and the District, with the opening of the development’s last six stations.

Washington, D.C. Photo by Wirestock/iStockphoto.com

Washington, D.C. Photo by Wirestock/iStockphoto.com

A total of 11,917 units came online in 2022, a volume that is relatively in line with Washington, D.C.’s five-year average. The area continues to display a sizeable pipeline, with 32,872 apartments underway at the start of 2023. And while transaction activity decelerated toward the end of last year, the metro closed 2022 at almost $5.8 billion in multifamily sales. That was far from 2021’s record $9.2 billion, but nonetheless, still a historically strong year.

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