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June 28, 2017
The Hardest Places to Build in America
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Apartment firms face many challenges when bringing new apartments to local communities. Companies often measure efforts in terms of dollars and time, but now, for the first time, there’s an industry index to help put a number on it.

NMHC and NAA recently released the Barriers to Apartment Construction Index, a new tool that scores 50 metro areas by the difficulty to build new apartments.

Taking into consideration local regulations, available land and other factors, the index goes up to 19.5 in the most difficult market to add apartments (Honolulu) and all the way down to -5.9 in the easiest (New Orleans). Any score above the median of 1.8 means that it is harder to add new apartments in a specific metro compared to other metros. (Read Bloomberg’s take on the results here.)

The index is the latest resource coming out of NMHC/NAA’s joint Vision 2030 public relations campaign, which aims to promote strategies and policies that can help the apartment industry build at least 4.6 million new apartments by 2030.  The index rankings, a Vision 2030 report and the complete set of future apartment demand data for the United States, all 50 states and 50 metro areas, are available at www.WeAreApartments.org

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