Metro Denver’s apartment market continued to improve in the second quarter, as the vacancy rate dropped and average rental rate increased, according to a Grubb & Ellis Co.report released Monday.
“Good news for the apartment sector keeps coming, despite a lack of significant job growth in the Denver region,” said the “Multi-Housing Trends Report,” produced by Grubb & Ellis’ Denver office. Apartments also are called multifamily housing and multi-housing.
In the second quarter, the metro area’s apartment vacancy rate dropped for the fourth quarter in a row — to 6 percent from 8.5 percent for the same quarter of 2009. “[That’s] the most prolonged positive growth for any Denver real estate sector,” the report said.
More than two-thirds of the area’s submarkets experienced a drop in vacancy.
As more vacant apartment units filled up, average rent rose to $862 per month from about $850 in last year’s second quarter. “The average rental rate of $862 per unit is now only 1.5 percent below the peak high set in mid-2008,” the report said.