New Supply Softens Rent Growth in Charlotte

Despite decelerating rents, investors remain focused on the metro’s multifamily market, which is set to expand by 5,800 new units this year.
Charlotte rent evolution, click to enlarge

Charlotte’s multifamily market is heading for a healthy 2018, with robust investor interest and solid employment, all backed by strong population gains. The significant amount of supply that came online in the past few years has not scared developers. With 2017’s transaction volume among the highest in this cycle, the Charlotte market is expected to continue to be an attractive option for investors, despite decelerating rents.

The metro added 31,000 jobs in the year ending in February, as government (8,300 jobs), leisure and hospitality (5,100 jobs) and trade, transportation and utilities (4,500 jobs) spearheaded growth. In March, Charlotte’s 9.3- mile light-rail extension launched. The $1.1 billion investment worked as a catalyst for the development of transit-oriented projects. Two office towers—known as 10 Tryon—are being built by Centro Cityworks and Flagship Capital Partners just a block from the new Ninth Street Station, while Duke Energy will occupy the office space under construction at Tompkins Hall, a former mill. In 2018, local developer Flywheel Group plans to break ground on Greenway District, a 75-acre mixed-use development.

This year promises some 5,800 units by December, accommodating the metro’s growth. With the average rent at $1,114, Charlotte remains an affordable metro. Yardi Matrix forecasts 2.0 percent rent growth in 2018.

Read the full Yardi Matrix report.