Atlanta’s growing allure among tech firms and an already well-established presence in the distribution sector have benefited multifamily fundamentals since the onset of the health crisis. Demand has outpaced the substantial inventory expansion and rents rose 1.9 percent on a trailing three-month basis through June to $1,484, closing the gap on the $1,482 national average. Lifestyle units in suburban areas are especially in high demand, reflected in the segment’s occupancy rate in stabilized properties, which climbed 1.9 percent to 96.1 percent in the 12 months ending in May.
The metro outperformed the nation both for unemployment—which clocked in at 4.0 percent in May—and total jobs, which posted a 1.0 percent contraction in the 12 months ending in May, below the 1.9 percent U.S. figure. All sectors gained positions, led by leisure and hospitality, which expanded by nearly 27.0 percent, or 54,000 jobs. Professional and business services is poised for sustained growth, thanks to planned company expansions including Microsoft, Google and Airbnb.
Developers delivered 7,493 units in the first half of the year and had another 20,213 under construction. Meanwhile, transaction activity nearly reached $3.8 billion and the price per unit marked a 20.0 percent increase, to $159,209.