Orange County Multifamily Market Insights: Job growth gaining momentum, vacancy remains low to start 2022


  • Stability prevailed in the Orange County multifamily market at the outset to 2022. The vacancy rate remained unchanged, and rents inched higher at a modest pace. While the construction pipeline includes a number of projects, deliveries and absorption were closely aligned to start the year.
  • Vacancy held steady in the first quarter at 3.4 percent; this marked the third consecutive quarter at this level. Year over year, the rate dropped 20 basis points.
  • Year over year, asking rents advanced 18.3 percent to $2,335 per month. Nearly all of the increase occurred at the end of 2021, and gains were minimal during the first quarter.
  • The investment market was dominated by the sale of older, Class C buildings at the start of 2022. Prices dipped in response to the mix of properties changing hands; the median sales price ended the first quarter at approximately $351,300 per unit. Cap rates trended higher, averaging around 4 percent.

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