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Newest Dallas CBD & Uptown apartments getting a significant rent premium – but taking time to lease-up

Since 2017, almost 4,900 market rate apartment units have been delivered in Dallas’ CBD and Uptown areas.

November 27, 2019
  • Since 2017, almost 4,900 market rate apartment units have been delivered in Dallas’ CBD and Uptown areas.
  • As these new units delivered, Class A occupancy declined from low- to mid-90 percent to around 85 percent – although that has bumped up to 89 percent as the new units have been leased. 
  • These newest properties increased the downtown inventory by 30 percent.  This sizable increase has made it difficult for older Class A projects to push rents.   Between 2012 and 2017, Class A rents increased 4.4 percent annually, versus 1.0 percent since 2017.
  • Overall, the new units currently achieve an effective rent premium over Class A of $335 per month – or 16 percent.   Concessions are modest, averaging around 1 month free rent, although some projects report slightly higher levels.
  • Lease-up is taking time.  A few years ago, new projects leased at 23 to 25 units per month.  Currently, the average pace is 12 to 13 units per month, unchanged from a review we did in early 2018.   
  • This slower average pace is a challenge for some projects.  While initial leasing at opening can be fast, velocity can wane – meaning that it could take 18 months or longer to reach stabilization for larger projects. 

Source: CoStar; MPF; Axiometrics; JLL Research

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