Viewpoint: Here’s why the multifamily market is still struggling

Most people in the multifamily industry would say that 2023 was a year to forget and, in the Washington area, we have not been immune to the problems plaguing the multifamily industry nationally.

The year started with a new landscape that featured rising interest rates, a glut of new-project deliveries, increased expenses and peaking rents. Navigating this new market proved to be complicated for everyone, especially since many in the industry today have never seen a downturn. How 2024 ultimately goes will be determined by how some key components of the market fare.

The Washington area has seen a prolific level of new construction, with an average of 12,613 units added annually over the past 10 years and 32,552 units under construction, representing 4.8% of current inventory. Most of the new construction, though, has been centered on the Navy Yard/Capitol South in D.C., Bethesda in Maryland, and Crystal City and North Arlington in Virginia. These submarkets will continue to see impacts,…

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