Q3 2019 Multifamily Market Update - NAI Martens DIGITAL



The past few years Wichita has seen numerous new complexes enter the market through new construction and through redevelopment of older structures. More than 1,000 proposed units are on the drawing board across Wichita. From 2014 to 2016 an average of 650 units were added per year with a spike in 2017 as over 800 units were added. The trend moving forward seems to be in line with 2018’s 500 units a year pace. The northeast quadrant saw the completion of the 348-unit Cottages at THE FUTURE OF WICHITA’S MULTIFAMILY MARKET

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Crestview in 2019. The CBD had a few unique projects completed, with the Spaghetti Works building converted to 41 apartments and shipping containers transformed into 8 studio apartments at 430 S. Pattie. Only two projects are currently under construction. Copper Creek at Hampton Lakes is being built in phases, with the first 108 units complete this year, the next 108 expected to be finished in 2020 and the same amount slated for 2021 or beyond.











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95% The Gentry Apartments near Wichita State University, an 84-unit project in two buildings along 17th Street, broke ground in late July. Plans were announced for another project, the 150-unit University Gardens Apartments, which will be located at the northeast corner of 21st & Oliver. A number of proposed projects would add an additional 1,019 units to the market. One of the largest proposed is the 204-unit Delano Catalyst project, slated for the area northwest of Douglas & McLean. The project also includes a hotel and 10,000 square feet of commercial space. The original project had an October 2020 deadline, but recently the city council moved the deadline to June 2021. The Ridge Pointe development has yet to begin construction. The project would create a 132- unit community consisting of two- and three-bedroom residences. Ridge Pointe will be located along Ridge Road between 37th Street and Highway K-96. Development activity in Wichita is slowing somewhat after a busy few years, particularly in the CBD. It is likely fewer than 350 units will be added in 2020. However, a number of projects have been announced and are in the planning stages in the CBD, northeast and northwest quadrants, so development has the potential to pick back up in the near future. 95% 94% 94% 93% 93% 92%








OCCUPANCY OVERVIEW The Wichita multifamily market is projected to end 2019 adding about 500 units, approximately the same number as in 2018. Distribution throughout the market differed. In 2018, new units focused on the CBD while 2019 saw the strongest development in the northeast. The new units entering the market did not appear to have had a major effect on occupancy, considering northeast occupancy increased since last year. Occupancy in the CBD increased, showing that the 350 units added to the downtown market in 2018 and the repositioning of the Renew Wichita luxury apartments were well received. OCCUPANCY 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Future 533 651 654 640 831 507 505 347 808 strong absorption, with all properties operating at over 90%. The overall CBD Class A occupancy increased from 88% in mid-2018 to 94% in mid-2019. Overall, Class A occupancy showed improvement, increasing from 90% last year to 94.5%. The northeast remained steady, reporting a current rate of 95%. The northwest saw the most improvement, going from the lowest Class A occupancy in the market last year to the highest this year, due to new construction units being absorbed. Class B apartment complexes represent the majority of the apartment inventory in Wichita making up 70% of the units available in the market. Class B has been a very steady market with 94% of available units currently occupied. The southeast region has the strongest occupancy, with a rate of 95.5%. The northwest contains the largest amount of Class B units, accounting for 32% of the market, and currently has an occupancy rate of 93.5%. Given the strong demand for units in the Class B rental rate range and the convenience-oriented locations of a majority of complexes, this market is likely to remain steady. Wichita Class C communities reach tenants searching for below-market affordable housing options. The Class C market saw a slight decrease in occupancy, going from 91% in 2018 to 88.5% this year. The southeast quadrant, which contains the largest percentage of the Class C units, saw a 5% drop in occupancy. Much of this decline is due to lower performing Class B properties reclassified as Class C properties, thus increasing the inventory. Well maintained Class C properties are operating above 90% occupancy. .5% .5% .5% .5% 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 95% 95% 94% 94% 93% 93% 92% OCCUPANCY RATE The CBD Class A inventory has experienced


RENTAL RATE OVERVIEW Overall rental rates increased and mid-2019 monthly rents were 4.5% higher than a year ago. These were above typical increases, with the year-over-year change normally in the 2.5-3.0% range. New development in 2017 caused higher rents which is the most likely reason for the large increase. With development slowing, however, it is likely the market will once again level out. Considering the response to increased rents in 2019, rent growth is not likely to have a negative effect on occupancy in the near future. Class A: Class A monthly rents were flat overall. Rental rates per square foot increased significantly however, with studio rents increasing by $0.21/SF. This sharp increase is due to smaller urban units added to the CBD. Class

A units downtown continue to perform well with significantly higher rents than northeast and northwest. Class B: Class B has historically been the most stable market. Monthly rents increased by 5.84% this year. Rents increased in all unit types, with the largest improvement being in three-bedroom units. The rental rate per square foot also increased across the board and, similar to Class A, saw the biggest change in studio units. Class C: Monthly rents in Class C increased by 5.43%. All unit types except two-bedroom reflected this increase. Historically, when the market has seen a strong increase in Class C rents, the following year rates remain fairly steady.


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Activity in the Wichita multifamily market has been very robust in recent years. Transaction levels reached a high in 2015 and 2016 with over $120M of properties sold each year. 2017 and 2018 were slightly lower, but demand for quality product continues. • Over 14,000 units have sold in the Wichita market over the past 6 years, which accounts for over 40% of the market. $115,000,000 $135,000,000 $155,000,000









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• Buyers have been aggressively growing their portfolios in the Wichita market in an effort to remain ahead of increasing interest rates. • The decline in transaction volume over the past two years is due to a lack of available properties. Buyer demand for quality assets is stronger than ever, which has led to many properties selling off-market and above asking price in some instances. • These factors have created a seller’s market for multifamily with increasing values. 13.00% 12.00% 11.00% 10.00% 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Projected $15,000,000 $35,000,000 $55,000,000 $75,000,000

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Multifamily values have increased along with demand. The average per unit sale price has varied in the recent years, primarily due to the quality of product that has been available more recently. However, cap rates have steadily decreased since 2013 and more recently leveled off. • New units have steadily been added to the Wichita market since 2013. However, very few Class A or new construction developments have been sold. This has created high demand for 100+ unit, stabilized, Class A/B properties. • Values will most likely remain steady or potentially increase due to strong buyer demand as long as interest rates do not see major changes. The combination of strong demand and decreased cap rates, which may have reached their lowest point with the potential to climb, creates the ideal timing for an owner to consider selling their property.


Multifamily Team

Jeff Englert 316 847 4924 jenglert@NAIMartens.com

Nathan Farha, CCIM 316 263 9669 nfarha@NAIMartens.com

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