Construction Surge Dilutes Rent Growth in Miami

Following another record-breaking year for multifamily deliveries, the metro is on the verge of oversupply. As new units add up to the existing stock, we expect rents to rise 3 percent in 2018.
Miami rent evolution, click to enlarge

Miami’s multifamily market remains relatively healthy amid population and job gains, producing growth across asset classes, as rent increases continue to be on par with the national figure. However, following another record-breaking year for deliveries, the metro is on the verge of oversupply, with the accelerated rhythm of inventory expansion expected to linger.

The metro added 24,000 jobs in the 12 months ending in March, with professional and business services (7,100) leading the way. Manufacturing (5,400) and construction (4,300) followed. Two large master-planned projects are underway—Miami Worldcenter, a $2 billion mixed-use development, and Metropica, a $1.5 billion property. Although job growth is primarily fueling workforce housing demand, developers continue to cater to high-income renters. More than 80 percent of apartments underway are upscale, which continues to fuel the affordability crisis. Additionally, the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report showed that 79 percent of Florida’s extremely low-income renter households are severely cost burdened.

We expect some 11,500 units to come online during the whole of 2018, slightly above last year’s cycle high. The average rent was $1,615 as of May, but as new units add up to the existing stock, growth is bound to roughly follow the national trend. We expect rents to rise 3 percent in 2018.

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