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NMHC January Quarterly survey indicates apartment conditions mixed

WASHINGTON, DC — Certain market conditions are loosening, according to the NMHC Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions, conducted in January 2020. The Sales Volume Index slipped further below the breakeven level (50) to 43, indicating a continued softness in property sales. “This reflects some seasonal decline along with the paucity of available deals, some respondents also noted the negative impact of the new rent laws in New York,” said NMHC chief economist Mark Obrinsky. Additionally, Market Tightness (48) slipped below the breakeven level (50). “Apartment markets showed some softening in line with the slower leasing in the winter months,” said Obrinsky. “Even so, the Market Tightness Index reading of 48 was the highest January reading in five years, and slightly higher than the January average of 45 in the survey’s 21-year history.”



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