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MIAMI—The South Florida apartment market continued to strengthen in 2019 due in part to strong renter household formation and accelerated growth of payrolls, according to Berkadia’s 2020 Forecast for South Florida. Overall, households expanded 2.1% last year. Contributing to the expansion was annual net migration in 2019 more than doubling the pace of one year prior. Attracting these new residents was a 2.1% increase in employment. A significant portion of these additions were in higher paying white-collar jobs. These positions are essential, Berkadia says, as the Tri-County metro was the most expensive apartment market in Florida and one of the most expensive metros in the Southeast.

“Developers are seeking infill areas close to central business districts,” Berkadia’s Senior Managing Director Mitch Sinberg tells “In Miami-Dade for example, there’s still a market for urban dwellers who seek to be close by employment hubs and entertainment destinations, so the challenge will be finding pockets of land suitable for multifamily development.”

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