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Q2 2021 | Houston Multifamily Market Report

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Key Takeaways
  • Occupancy up quarter over quarter and annually
  • Absorption increased quarterly and annually
  • Average rents rose over the year and over the quarter
  • Supply decreased over the quarter
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Houston Highlights

The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX MSA population is 7.2 million which has grown 7.5% over the last five years. The population is forecasted to grow 7.6% between 2020 and 2025. Job growth is positive increasing by 4.8% between June 2020 and June 2021. The unemployment rate is low at 6.6%. Houston’s single family home sales increased 13.6% year over year, pushing home prices to record levels. This in turn has boosted the multifamily market, pushing occupancy from 88.4% in Q2 2020 to 90.7% in Q2 2021. The average monthly rent for multifamily units increased from $1,047 to $1,116 per month, a 7% annual increase. Demand tripled between quarters, with over 15,800 units absorbed in Q2 compared to almost 4,800 in Q1. There are over 16,000 units under construction and another 28,000 units are proposed.

Market Indicators
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Historic Comparison
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Market Fundamentals

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Houston’s overall occupancy rate increased 190 basis points over the quarter. The average monthly rent rose from $1,041 to $1,056.

Pricing & Sales Volume

Houston’s multifamily investment sales volume increased 18.4% over the quarter between Q1 2021 and Q2 2021 according to our data provider, Real Capital Analytics. When comparing Houston to the U.S., the national quarterly volume increase of 29% was significantly greater than Houston’s quarterly sales volume.

Houston’s median sales price per unit increased by 1.4% over the quarter from $98,101 to $99,448. The U.S. median price per unit increased by 9.7% over the quarter from $142,905 in Q1 2021 to $156,717 in Q2 2021. Houston’s average price per unit is significantly higher at $130,284..

Median Price per Unit
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Houston Sales Volume ($)
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Cap Rates

Houston’s multifamily cap rates increased 10 basis points from 5.3% to 5.4% over the quarter and increased over the year by 60 basis points. In comparison, the median U.S. cap rate decreased to 4.9% from 5.0% over the quarter and dropped 40 basis points to 4.9% over the year. Houston’s average cap rate remained at 5.1% over the quarter.

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White Oak Highline
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Q2 2021 | Houston Multifamily Market Report

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Lisa Bridges

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Lisa joined Colliers in 2010 as Director of Market Research and has 37 years of commercial real estate experience. Lisa initiates proactive market research projects to further the business goals of the company. She writes and prepares 29 market reports annually, including quarterly reports on Houston's retail, office, industrial and healthcare properties.  Further, she prepares statistical ownership reports for various clients as well as an annual Houston Economic Overview. Lisa also creates PowerPoint market presentations, trade journal articles, and other marketing materials supporting the company's business endeavors. She works with senior management in planning the company's marketing strategy and public relations support for local and national conferences, luncheon meetings, recruitment programs, and special events.  Lisa works closely with the company's brokers to develop effective custom market research material specific to existing and potential clients.

Lisa serves on the Colliers Editorial Board, the Colliers U.S. Research Council, and is a recipient of the Colliers Researcher of the Year Award.

Lisa earned the Commercial Property Research Certification (CPRC) from Colliers University.  CPRC is the first and only accreditation for commercial real estate research professionals. It offers a professional development path to increase strategic and tactical expertise in marketing/research, knowledge of the industry and capabilities with commercial real estate tools.

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Todd Stewart

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Chip Nash

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Before joining Colliers, Nash was a Managing Director for JLL focusing exclusively on private capital investment sales of multifamily properties for eight years. Previous to JLL, Nash held similar positions at Berkadia, Hendricks and Partners, and Pinnacle International Realty Group. He has negotiated hundreds of transactions encompassing a 25+ year track record in investment sales along with a previous seven years spent in the commercial banking business for a conglomerate of banks owned by Pulte Home Corporation.

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Jim has 10 years of multifamily real estate experience. Before joining Colliers, Jim was an  analyst with the HFF Houston Multifamily group where he was directly involved in more than $6 billion in transactions. In that role, his responsibilities included underwriting and market analysis for both existing and to-be-built acquisitions and dispositions.

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