New High Share for Multifamily Built-for-Rent

According to NAHB analysis of quarterly Census data, the count of multifamily, for-rent housing starts remained elevated during the second quarter of 2023. For the second quarter, 138,000 multifamily residences started construction. Of this total, 135,000 were built-for-rent.

The market share of rental units of multifamily construction starts reached an all-time high of almost 98% for the second quarter as the already small condo market remained held back due to higher interest rates. In contrast, the historical low share of 47% was set during the third quarter of 2005, during the condo building boom. An average share of 80% was registered during the 1980-2002 period.

For the second quarter, there were just 3,000 multifamily condo construction starts.

An elevated rental share of multifamily construction is holding typical apartment size below levels seen during the pre-Great Recession period. According to second quarter 2023 data, the average square footage of multifamily construction starts ticked up to 1,072. The median increased to 1,062 square feet.


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