Multifamily Minute Reader Reflections: How Will You Address Vacancy in 2023?
We asked our 40,000 readers for their best ideas to combat climbing vacancy this year. Here's what they said.Better Financing Starts with More Options$1.2M offered by a Bank at 6.0%$2M offered by an Agency at 5.6%$1M offered by a Credit Union at 5.1%Click Here to Get Quotes
Last week, I asked our 40,000+ Multifamily Minute readers about vacancy. It's hard to find an apartment investing outlook that doesn't include some guarded language about increasing vacancies, so I wanted to know how you're planning to tackle the issue this year.
Participants had the option to choose multiple answers, and the top choice says a lot. More than two-thirds of respondents said that getting lower-cost financing would help them withstand any changes in vacancy.
That says to me that many owners know a vacancy rise is coming. And while there's a lot an investor or operator can do to fight it, it's best to plan for the worst and lower your costs any way you can. Looking at new financing is a great way to do that.
The table below has the full results.
Percent of Respondents
Look at lower-cost financing
Communicate more with current residents
Offer renewal incentives
Evaluate current marketing efforts
Upgrade units and/or amenities
Hold more community events
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