Class-C and class-D apartment product in Las Vegas is driving rent growth. A new report from Atalyst Financial Group shows that class-C and class-D apartments—called one and two star apartment product in the report—is leading the rent growth with 7.9% annual rent growth. The Las Vegas market overall has seen 5.3% annual rent growth, according to the report. While lower quality product is leading rent growth, the fundamentals driving rent growth are the same across the board.

“The two primary factors behind the rental growth are strong job growth and a growing population in the area,” John Gilchrist, founder of Atalyst Financial Group, tells “Nevada has been one of the fastest growing states, if not the fastest growing state for many decades, and Las Vegas and Clark County anchors the state as the biggest metropolitan area. In conjunction with this population growth, the job market is strong and has recovered since the recession that took place a little over a decade ago. Unemployment is just under 4% currently, which is in line with the national average, sitting right around 4%. I expect this to stay steady for the foreseeable future.”

While lower quality properties are driving rent growth, class-B and class-A product has negative absorption of more than 500 units. “I am not concerned, as the current levels are still very much under control; however, it will be interesting to see if development of multifamily units in the area starts to react to the market and shrink a bit,” says Gilchrist. “I do believe that the vacancy rate is going to increase a few percentage points as more units get delivered in the coming quarters. Overall, I would say that absorption has been strong and the market is well balanced.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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