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Confidence in Multifamily Production Mostly Up in the Third Quarter, with Some Weakness in Low-Rent

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), remained fairly steady in the third quarter of 2012 at 52—the third straight quarter the index has been over 50. The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about conditions for apartment and condominium construction, and is are scaled so that any number over 50 means more… Read More ›

Production of New Apartments: Upward Trend Continues

In October, the previous month’s upward trend in multifamily production continued, as starts in buildings with five or more apartments came in at a (seasonally adjusted annual) rate of 285,000.  Although the line isn’t completely solid, buildings with at least five apartments are generally a reasonable way to draw a distinction between smaller “mom and pop” operations and  the province… Read More ›

Apartment Production Up Strongly Year Over Year

The Census Bureau’s preliminary estimate for starts in buildings with five or more apartments in July came in at  229,000 units (at a seasonally adjusted annual rate), up 9.6 percent from the revised figure for June (revisions to the May and June numbers were minor). The 3-month moving average has been very stable, hovering between 205,000 and 210,000 for the past… Read More ›

Sharp Decline in Energy Prices Pushes CPI Lower

Today’s release for the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) showed a 0.3% decline between April and May 2012. The energy index accounted for most of the drag on topline CPI last month, falling an additional 4.3% after a 1.7% drop in April. The latest decline represented the largest percentage contraction in the energy index since December 2008—a… Read More ›

NAHB’s MVI Indicates Improving Conditions in the Rental Apartment Market

In the first quarter of 2012, NAHB’s Multifamily Vacancy Index (MVI) dropped to 31, the lowest it’s been since the inception of the index in 2003.   As the MVI captures industry sentiment about vacancies, a decline in the index signals overall improvement in the market for existing rental apartments. The MVI is a composite measure of multifamily property owner/manager sentiment… Read More ›

Energy Prices Continue to Push CPI Higher

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% on a month-to-month basis during March 2012. Once again, energy prices boosted the topline reading on the month-to-month change in price levels, as the CPI for energy jumped 0.9%, after registering a 3.2% increase in February. Retail gasoline prices averaged $3.91 nationally (across all formulations) in March, surging 7.4%… Read More ›

CPI Rises as Core Index and Energy Prices Climb Higher; Real Rents Inch Lower to kick off 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2% on a month-to-month basis during January 2012. Price levels rose across a fairly broad base of categories, as the core, energy and food indexes all registered increases compared to December. If not for the fact that natural gas prices continue to slump… Read More ›

New NAHB Research: Apartment Rent Estimating Model

In October, NAHB released an updated version of the statistical model it maintains for estimating the average price of a single-family home. Economist Paul Emrath has now published a companion model designed to estimate average gross rent for an apartment in a building with five or more housing units. Like the house price model, the NAHB rent estimator is calibrated with… Read More ›

Declining Multifamily Vacancy Rates Point to Future Growth

Data from the Survey of Market Absorption (SOMA), produced by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, reveal limited weakness in the multifamily sector for the first half of 2011. However, declining multifamily vacancy rates are a hopeful sign for future multifamily market expansion, which is consistent with improving responses reported in NAHB multifamily surveys. The SOMA tracks completions and… Read More ›