SOURCE: Axiometrics Inc.

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December 19, 2014 11:00 ET

Class B Apartments Lead Houston's Effective Rent Increase in November

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - December 19, 2014) - Annual effective rent growth in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA ticked upward in November 2014, ending up at 5.4%, according to Axiometrics, the leader in apartment market research and analysis. The number was 12 basis points (bps) higher than October's figure of 5.1%, though occupancy was slightly down at 94.3%. Occupancy was 94.4% in October.

Among the three classes of properties, Class B assets reported the highest effective rent growth at 6.6%, more than 40 bps higher than the 6.21% reported the month before. The Class B stock also beat out Class A and Class C, which reported 1.4% and 5.8% annual effective rent growth, respectively. 

Class B properties were 95.2% occupied; though down from the 95.5% occupancy reported in October, it was higher than the Class A occupancy of 93.9% and Class C's 92.7%.

Seasonality and Supply

Stephanie McCleskey, Axiometrics Vice President of Research, said it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Class B figures have been surging. The 14,644 new units delivered in 2014 have led to competition among Class A properties, while exerting downward pressure on occupancy. Furthermore, "The Class B apartments are much less expensive than Class A, even with increased rent," McCleskey said.

A unit in a Class A property cost, on average, $1,629.90. Class B units went for an average of $987.40.

"Residents are likely willing to sacrifice super-nice amenities for pretty decent amenities, especially if they can cut their monthly rent almost in half," McCleskey said.

Those renting in Class C buildings paid even less, handing over, on average, $660.10 a month per unit, even as occupancy declined from 92.8% occupancy in October to 92.7% in November. Class A occupancy stayed steady at 93.9%.

McCleskey said she isn't anticipating much more movement in occupancy. "This is the time of year during which things slow down," she said.

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