U.S. Condo, Apartment Sector Confidence Weakens in Q1

WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL, INC. | May 28, 2019

Based on the National Association of Home Builders latest Multifamily Market Survey, confidence for new multifamily and condo housing in the U.S. weakened in the first quarter of 2019. The MMS produces two separate indices. The Multifamily Production Index (MPI) dropped seven points to 40 compared to the previous quarter, which is the lowest reading since the third quarter of 2010. Meanwhile, the Multifamily Vacancy Index (MVI) rose three points to 48, with higher numbers indicating more vacancies. The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condo market on a scale of 0 to 100. The index and all of its components are scaled so that a number below 50 indicates that more respondents report conditions are getting worse than report conditions are improving. The MPI is a weighted average of three key elements of the multifamily housing market: construction of low-rent units--apartments that are supported by low-income tax credits or other government subsidy programs; market-rate rental units--apartments that are built to be rented at the price the market will hold; and for-sale units--condominiums. All three components were below 50 in the first quarter: The component measuring low-rent units fell one point to 47, the component measuring market rate rental units decreased seven points to 42 and the component measuring for-sale units dropped 13 points to 31.

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