Rentals on the rise
September 1, 2004,
WASHINGTON — As consumer demand for apartments rises across the nation, multi-family housing developers say they're optimistic the rental market is finally in the midst of a recovery, the National Association of Home Builders reported.
The builders' trade group said its Multifamily Market Index for the second quarter showed stepped-up demand for all classes of apartments during the three-month period. "After three years of rising vacancy rates, we're seeing a turnaround in the apartment," said NAHB President Bobby Rayburn.
While the market is generally improving, oversupply still remains an issue in some markets, the trade group said. The index tracking the number of apartments available for rent jumped more than 10 points from year-before levels, to 64 from 52.1.
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