Thursday, April 16, 2015

NMHC: Apartment Market Conditions Tighter in April Survey

by Bill McBride on 4/16/2015 05:50:00 PM

From the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC): Apartment Markets Expand in April NMHC Quarterly Survey

All four indexes landed above the breakeven level of 50 in the April National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions.

“The song remains the same—the apartment markets are not only strong but getting stronger,” said Mark Obrinsky, NMHC’s SVP of Research and Chief Economist. “Despite occasional predictions to the contrary, markets keep getting tighter. As new construction increases, so do absorptions, indicating the demand for apartments is not yet close to being sated.”

The Market Tightness Index increased by 7 points from last quarter (and by 2 points from a year earlier) to 58. Thirty-one percent of respondents reported tighter conditions than three months ago. This now marks the fifth consecutive quarter where the index indicates overall improving conditions.
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Apartment Tightness Index
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This graph shows the quarterly Apartment Tightness Index. Any reading above 50 indicates tighter conditions from the previous quarter. This indicates market conditions were tighter over the last quarter.

As I've mentioned before, this index helped me call the bottom for effective rents (and the top for the vacancy rate) early in 2010.