The overall multifamily vacancy rate increased by 30 basis points quarter-over-quarter in the first quarter to reach 4.9%, according to CBRE. This was less than the 70-bps increase in Q4 2022 and the 90-bps jump in Q2 2022.

At the same time, CBRE expects that absorption in the sector will turn positive in the second quarter, following negative net absorption of 1,900 units this quarter and negative 14,000 units in the prior quarter.  Indeed, slightly more than half, or 35, of the 69 markets tracked by CBRE have already recorded positive net absorption this quarter led by Orlando (3,200 units), Charlotte (1,300) and Nashville (1,200). 

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