San Francisco is among the cities that saw the most dramatic tapering in apartment rent growth  in 2016, says Yardi Matrix. San Francisco is among the cities that saw the most dramatic tapering in apartment rent growth in 2016, says Yardi Matrix.

SANTA BARBARA, CA—Even as rent growth continues to slow, multifamily market fundamentals in most metro areas will remains positive, Yardi Matrix said Monday. The firm’s new report, Can the Good Times Keep Rolling?, provides a mainly affirmative answer to that question, albeit with some caveats. Aside from the tapering rent growth, “transaction yields have likely bottomed and oversupply is going to negatively impact some locales,” in particular when it comes to occupancy rates, according to the Yardi Matrix report.

Looking ahead to the changing of the guard in Washington, DC, Yardi Matrix notes that the new administration and Congress “are expected to inject some stimulus into the economy in the form of tax cuts, infrastructure spending and reduction of regulations on business. That brings with it prospects for an improvement upon the moderate growth” the US economy has seen in the past several years. That being said, there are potential headwinds in the form of “the possibility of tariffs or focus on unproductive policies such as deportation.”

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.

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