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Report | United States Multifamily Investment Outlook - Q4 2016


At year-end, multifamily deal flow reaches highs and leasing remains stable with the Southeast and West Coast markets driving activity. National annual rent growth was reported at 3.8 percent for the most recent period, dipping below 4.0 percent for the first time since 2014. Despite sustained deliveries, leasing fundamentals remain stable. The national absorption rate of 1.6 percent remained unchanged quarter-over-quarter. 

The multifamily investment landscape reached yet another year of record-setting volumes. With $44.2 billion of overall deal activity occurring in the fourth quarter, multifamily investment sales set a cumulative record of $150.3 billion for 2016. Inbound capital flows contributed nearly $7.3 billion of acquisitions in 2016. Secondary market activity finished the year with $11.5 billion of activity in the fourth quarter. Year-end investment sale volumes in secondary markets reached $52.7 billion, up 8.2 percent compared to 2015 figures. 

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