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2003 Multifamily 50 - Part 2

In 2002, three forces – a national recession, low interest rates for first-time home buyers, and an oversupply of new apartments–came together and created a "perfect storm" that crashed into the multifamily market, negatively impacting operating performance by putting upward pressure on the national vacancy rate. To stem the tide of declining demand, owners re-priced their rental rates through increased concessions and outright rental rate decreases, helping to stabilize the vacancy rate. The decrease demand for apartments is a root cause of the decline in operating fundamentals for the multifamily industry. Read more

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