Ryan Epstein Epstein says the apartment market will see continued investment activity with strong fundamentals.

HOUSTON—Multifamily leasing activity significantly increased in 2017, with strong signs of economic tailwinds lifting the apartment market in the upcoming year, according to Berkadia’s multifamily 2018 forecast report. Last year’s 22,353 absorbed units doubled that of 2016, thanks to rising demand leading to a 50-basis point rise in occupancy to 92.8% in December.