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22-Quarter Streak of Rising Rents Continues in Orange County According to NAI Capital’s Multifamily Market Outlook


Irvine, CA, Thursday, June 08, 2017– According to NAI Capital’s Multifamily Market Outlook, average asking rents for multifamily units rose this quarter, continuing a trend that has seen growth for the past 22 consecutive quarters. Apartment renters in Orange County this quarter paid an average of $1,806 per unit, 2.7% more than the average this time last year. In the first quarter of 2017, vacancy held tight at 3.2%, down 10 basis points from last year. Demand for multifamily housing is expected to remain strong in 2017. Southern California is experiencing a shortage of available housing units, particularly in Orange County. In the construction pipeline, 4,000 units are scheduled to deliver this year.

Key statistics for the Orange County Multifamily housing market:

  • Average asking rental rate registered $1,806 per unit, up 2.7% over last year
  • Vacancy (3.2%) was unchanged over the quarter, down 10 basis points over last year
  • 3,047 units sold this quarter up 139% over the prior year
  • Sale prices averaged $239,723 per unit, up 18.4% over last year 
  • Cap rates fell 20 basis points over the year to 4.43%
  • 718 new units delivered this quarter, up 7.6% over first quarter 2016

Steve Heri, Senior Vice President, CCIM and Vice President Steve Gim with NAI Capital’s Multifamily Services Group, point out that historically an uptick in interest rates is followed by an increase in cap rates.  However, because there has been such strong rent growth, the impact may be minor this time around.

Heri said, "Cap rates continue to be depressed with an abundance of capital demanding product. That being said, sellers do not have anywhere else to place their capital other than exchange. And we are seeing more exchanges in the market."

“In addition, when looking historically into the previous real estate cycles, when the Federal Reserve begins to raise interest rates, we see an increased number of sales and refinances due to uncertainty in the marketplace.”  Added Gim.

To access the full Orange County Multifamily Market Outlook report, visit:

Orange County Multifamily Market Outlook Q1 2017.pdf

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