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October 13, 2016
Prices Rise to Some Surprise
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Sustained investor demand for multifamily assets continues to drive apartment pricing north. As a result, cap rates have continued to compress through the year. 

What is remarkable, however, is that this pricing climb has been happening even as income streams are plateauing. Recent rent data shows that rent growth is slowing in cities around the country as new supply hits the market.

For some industry watchers, this imbalance between rising pricing and flat, or potentially shrinking, incomes has the makings of a downturn for the apartment market. 

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Will Housing Affordability Spur Home Buying?

In many markets, homeownership is purportedly more affordable than renting, implying this is a good time to buy a home. But given that the homeownership rate continues to slide and new single-family construction activity remains low, there’s question as to whether this assumption holds true. 

In the most recent Research Notes, NMHC’s research team analyzed the National Association of Realtors’ Affordability Index and found that the correlation between affordability and homes sales is rather weak. In fact, for the past 10 years, affordability and home sales seem to be inversely correlated.

Together with analysis of three other affordability indicators—the total  cost of homeownership, the house price-to-rent ratio and the premium to buy—the cost of buying versus renting is, by historical standards, reasonably balanced. This suggests that, in the near-term, it is unlikely that there will be a rapid rise in homeowners because renters are not necessarily finding better housing deals through homeownership. 

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