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Housing Snapshot: Concessions stay low amid surge of new supply

February 7, 2018 | By

Offering concessions is one way property owners can attract tenants in a competitive market. Concessions are enticements with economic value for renters, such as periods of free rent, free utilities, or other amenities. Concessions data from RealPage’s Axiometrics, a Dallas-based commercial real estate researcher, shows that in most markets, property owners have not needed to use these methods to keep units occupied.

As seen in the chart below, concessions remained near historically low levels over the last four years and have declined modestly from a year ago. In fact, the value of concessions has remained below -1 percent of annual asking rents for over two years. That’s down from more than -7 percent in 2009 – the equivalent of three to four weeks of annual rent.

For more information, read our December 2017 Multifamily Market Commentary.

 

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