American building firms are set to construct the highest number of apartments in 2020 for more than 40 years, according to a new analysis from property management software firm RealPage.

of those new apartments are targeted at the luxury home sector,
RealPage added.

total, around 371,000 new rental apartments are expected to be built
in the U.S. in 2020, up 50% from the number of new units built last
year. Around 80% of those properties will be luxury ones, RealPage

“A lot of these properties are competing for a small group of renters,” Greg Willett, RealPage’s chief economist, told The Wall Street Journal. “A typical renter can’t afford this brand-new product.”

say they’re being forced to cater for more affluent renters due to
the rising costs of land, labor and construction materials.

very difficult financially to make sense of building a cheaper
product,” Cyrus Bahrami, a managing director of Alliance
Residential, a Houston developer, told the Journal.

some analysts say this focus on high-end apartments could actually
benefit lower-income renters. They claim that the growing
availability of higher-end apartments may encourage some renters to
upgrade, thereby freeing up more affordable apartments for those with
smaller rental budgets.

buildings (or what the industry refers to as “Class A”
properties) are about $500 higher than just one lower class down for
rentals, WSJ reports. That gap is about $300 higher than a decade

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