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Market Conditions Improve For Apartment Industry

Staff Writer |

WASHINGTON — Optimism continues for the apartment industry, according to the latest results of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions. The findings reflect a gradual recovery for the multifamily sector that faced a 50-year low in apartment starts in 2009, which is good news for the coin laundry business.

The first-quarter survey’s four indexes measuring Market Tightness (74), Sales Volume (57), Equity Financing (62) and Debt Financing (65) remained above 50 for the eighth time in the past nine quarters. Any number above 50 indicates quarter-to-quarter growth.

“Market conditions improved across the board, even from the rather strong level of three months ago,” says NMHC Chief Economist Mark Obrinsky. “Demand for apartment residences—and apartment properties—continues to grow. We anticipate this increasing further in the coming years due in part to the large number of younger households moving into the housing market and a greater preference shown for renting.”

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