Thriving Economy Fuels Dynamic Market in Charlotte

The city’s robust growth is attributable to its flourishing economy, low cost of living and high quality of life.
Charlotte rent evolution, click to enlarge
Charlotte rent evolution, click to enlarge

Charlotte’s multifamily market continues to thrive. The city’s robust growth is attributable to its thriving economy, low cost of living and high quality of life. The Southeast’s booming financial, logistics and energy center is a prime destination for investors, developers and residents alike. Steady employment growth has made the city an attractive target for expanding businesses, ensuring long-term demand for new inventory. Job growth is accelerating faster than the national average and is expected to remain strong throughout 2018.

Employment growth in 2017 was led by professional and business services (9,400 new jobs), followed by government (4,500); trade, transportation and utilities (3,500 jobs); and manufacturing (2,600). Universities in the area feed the talent pool of young workers for growing tech and fintech firms, thus expanding the financial technology scene. In addition, the presence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Charlotte field office has had a positive impact on the continued increase in public sector jobs.

The top-performing real estate sector in Charlotte continued to be multifamily. Last year, about $1.6 billion in assets traded, while 5,200 units came online. Another 12,000 units were under construction as of December. Reaching $1,099, rents were up 2.4 percent, 10 basis points below the U.S. average. Expecting more apartment deliveries, Yardi Matrix forecasts 2.2 percent rent growth in 2018.

Read the full Yardi Matrix report.