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Multifamily Research

Market Report Fourth Quarter 2018

Philadelphia Metro Area

Property Performance in Northeast

Philadelphia Draws Investors Multifamily 2018 Forecast

Vacancy declines and rents rise in Northeast Philadelphia 4,600 units Construction:
due partly to subdued construction. A faster pace of hiring will be completed Deliveries slow to their lowest
compared with 2017 supports continued in-migration and level in three years, with over
household formations in Philadelphia, lifting an already-high level 40 percent of arrivals heading
of rental demand. Net absorptions in excess of supply additions toward Center City. In 2017
drop the vacancy rate to 4 percent for the first time in 12 years, 5,200 units were completed.
raising rents by more than last year. Availability is tightest in
Northeast Philadelphia, the metro’s second-largest apartment 40 basis point Vacancy:
submarket. A lack of substantial new completions over the past The net absorption of units
decrease in vacancy
five years directs demand to existing stock and keeps vacancy surpasses 5,000 for the second
low, prompting above-market rent gains in that time. year in a row, dropping metro
vacancy to 4 percent following a
Developers target familiar areas. Center City, the Norristown/ 40-basis-point decline last year.
Merion area, and Wilmington continue to see the largest share of
deliveries. That includes two projects, each with over 300 units, 3.4% increase Rents:
arriving by year end. While demand for rentals remains high, The average effective rent rises
in effective rents
the rapid pace of completions in the urban core is starting to in 2018 to $1,298 per month.
weigh on property fundamentals there. Effective rents will stay Last year, an advance of 2.7
about flat in Center City as vacancy rises 50 basis points. This is percent occurred.
especially the case for Class A product, which is facing the most
competition from construction and rentals in neighboring areas.

Investment Trends
• Sales velocity improved in the Fairmount/Northern Liberties area
Local Apartment Yield Trends
of Philadelphia over the 12-month period ending in September.
Apartment Cap Rate 10-Year Treasury Rate
Properties recently sold there tended to be older and smaller
than the market average, but they offer a compelling location
near the market’s urban core. Cap rates ranged from mid-6 to
9% above 9 percent at an average sale price of $262,000 per unit.
• Investors interested in Class B properties looked toward

Northeast Philadelphia. A range of post-2010-built assets with
3% fewer than 50 units changed hands in Fishtown, Brewerytown,
and surrounding neighborhoods. These new or stabilized assets
0% benefit from shifting demographics and proximity to downtown,
* 00 02 04 06 08 10 12 14 16 18*
commanding an average sale price of $275,000 per unit and a
below-market average initial return of high-5 percent.

Sales Trends • Value-add oriented investors are acquiring assets in Center

Sales Price Growth
City at an average sale price below that of some submarkets
to the north. The generally older structures offer opportunities
rice per Unit (000s)

* Cap rate trailing

$17012-month average through 3Q; Treasury rate as of Sept. 28
Sources: CoStar Group, Inc.; Real Capital Analytics
16% for higher rents with successful conversions to Class B quality.
Year-over-Year G

$135 12%

$100 8%
Employment Trends EMPLOYMENT:
Local Apartment Yield Trends

Metro United States
Apartment Cap Rate 10-Year Treasury Rate
increase in total employment Y-O-Y
Year-over-Year Change

• The pace of hiring quickened year over year in September
as roughly 45,800 positions were added. Increased job
creation contributed to a 70-basis-point decline in the un-

6%employment rate to 4.0 percent, a 17-year low.
1% • Employment growth was most prevalent in the profes-
sional and business services as well as education and
0%healthcare services sectors, adding a total 26,000 jobs.
14 15 16 17 18* 00 02 04 06 08 10 12 14 16 18*

Completions and Absorption CONSTRUCTION:

Sales Trends
Completions Absorption 4,900 Sales Price Growth
units completed Y-O-Y

Average Price per Unit (000s)

$170 16%
12 • Approximately 1,000 fewer units were completed during

Year-over-Year Growth
the 12-month period ending in September
$135 12% than over
Units (000s)

the previous yearlong period. In that span developers
$100 8%submarket.
maintained their focus on the Center City

• $65
More than 7,300 units are underway4% with completion
dates scheduled through the first half of 2021. The
0 largest 2019 delivery is the 539-unit Hamilton
$30 0% downtown.
14 15 16 17 18* 14 15 16 17 18*

Vacancy Rate Trends VACANCY:

Metro United States 60 basis point decrease in vacancy Y-O-Y

6% • Demand in excess of supply additions drove triple-

Vacancy Rate

digit vacancy declines in Wilmington and Northwest

4% Philadelphia over the past year, contributing to the fall of
the metrowide rate to 3.7 percent.
• The removal of almost 400 existing units over the past four
quarters pushed vacancy below 3 percent in Gloucester
County. No completions in 2019 will keep availability low.
14 15 16 17 18*

Rent Trends RENTS:

Monthly Rent Y-O-Y Rent Change 4.3% increase in effective rents Y-O-Y
$1,400 8% • As vacancy fell to its lowest level since 2006, rent growth
Year-over-Year Change
Monthly Effective Rent

accelerated, bringing the average effective rate to $1,313

$1,200 6%
per month in September.
$1,000 4% • Rents improved the most over the 12 months before
October in Southwest Philadelphia. The average effective
$800 2% monthly payment in the downtown-adjacent submarket
jumped 12.6 percent to $1,550 per unit.
$600 0%
14 15 16 17 18*

* Forecast
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Metro $72,846 Renting is $272 Per Month Lower 5,870 1H 2018

Compared with 1H
U.S. Median $61,789 Average Effective Rent vs. Mortgage Payment* h 4.6% 2014-2017


Metro $228,675 79,000 or 0.7% Annual Growth 6,932 1H 2018

Compared with 1H
U.S. Median $260,016 U.S. 1.2% Annual Growth h 0.2% 2014-2017

*Mortgage payments based on quarterly median home price with a 30-year fixed-rate conventional mortgage, 90% LTV, taxes, insurance and PMI. **2017-2022 Annualized Rate

Lowest Vacancy Rates 3Q18 Investment Landscape Stays Competitive Even

As Rising Interest Rates Affect Some Deals
Employment Effective Y-O-Y %
Submarket Basis Point Trends Local
• Over the past 24Apartment Yield
months, sales Trends
velocity has remained
Rate Rents Change
Metro United States elevated compared
Apartment with previous
Cap Rate years.Rate
10-Year Treasury Strong
4% demand fueled a 9 percent increase in the average
sale 12%
price to $162,000 per unit. The average cap rate
Year-over-Year Change

Northeast Philadelphia 2.5% -90 $1,053 2.2%

3% rose 40 basis points to 7.1 percent during that span.

Gloucester County 2% 2.8% -40 $1,178 0.2% • The average sale price for Class B assets improved at

a greater
6% rate than for Class A or C properties, due in
Bucks County 1% 3.1% -40 $1,215 3.1% part to the sale of more contemporary assets.
Outlook: Throughout Philadelphia sizable rent gains
Delaware County 3.1% -70 $1,077 3.2%
and extremely
0% tight vacancies will keep private investors
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targeting apartments, particularly in submarkets with a
Northwest Philadelphia 3.2% -130 $1,350 2.6%
large inventory of $1 million to $10 million stock.

Burlington County Completions

3.4% and Absorption
-50 $1,244 1.6% Sales Trends
Completions Absorption Sales Price Growth
Lower Camden County 3.6% -60 $1,071 4.0%
Average Price per Unit (000s)

$170 16%
Year-over-Year Growth

Outer Wilmington 3.6% -130 $1,121 1.8%

$135 12%
Units (000s)

North Montgomery County 4.0% -90 $1,362 4.8% $100 8%

Central Wilmington 4.1% -210 $1,175 4.9% $65 4%


Overall Metro 0 3.7% -60 $1,313 3.0% $30 0%

14 15 16 17 18* 14 15 16 17 18*

* Trailing 12 months through 3Q18

Pricing trend sources: CoStar Group, Inc.; Real Capital Analytics
Vacancy Rate Trends
Metro United States

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After the Federal Reserve lifted overnight rates and
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Include sales
13890$2.5 million and
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Visit economy growing, underpinning strong rental demand and supporting
Jon Ruzicka Regional Manager a national apartment vacancy rate of 4.6 percent at the end of 2018.
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First Vice President, National
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The information contained in this report was obtained from sources deemed to be reliable. Every effort was made to obtain accurate and complete information; however, no
representation, warranty or guarantee, express or implied, may be made as to the accuracy or reliability of the information contained herein. Note: Metro-level employment
growth is calculated based on the last month of the quarter/year. Sales data includes Office:
transactions valued at $1,000,000 and greater unless otherwise noted. This is not intend-
ed to be a forecast of future events and this is not a guaranty regarding a future event. This is not intended to provide specific investment advice and should not be considered
as investment advice. Sean Beuche Regional Manager
Sources: Marcus & Millichap Research Services; Bureau of Labor Statistics; CoStar Group,
204 Fifth Inc.; Experian;
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Analytics; RealPage, Inc.; TWR/Dodge Pipeline; U.S. Census Bureau Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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