Over-Capacity Fuels "Renters Bonanza"
It's a "Renters Bonanza" the TriCity Herald reports. "As occupancy rates drop in the Tri-Cities, renters are getting move-in incentives and a choice of amenities. Vacancy rates, which averaged about 3 percent in 2002, increased to 9 percent in Richland, 11 percent in Kennewick and 8 percent in Pasco."
"Pasco's vacancy rates will probably catch up soon. Permits have been issued for three new apartment buildings at Chapel Hill that will add 668 units, bringing the city's total number 1,959. 'There was a lack of complexes in Pasco, but now that's taken care of,' Sylvia Erickson said. The landlord profits are done for too!
"The average price for a two-bedroom in Richland is $667, compared with $708, the average price in spring 2003. The average rent for a one-bedroom Kennewick apartment is about $486. In Richland, it's $563, and in Pasco it's $524."
"Those selling include San Francisco-based developer Robert Young, who has placed his eight properties on the market. 'I'm bullish on the Tri-Cities. I've always been bullish on the Tri-Cities.' So why is he selling his eight apartment buildings? Young said he wants to devote his energy to a commercial development he is building."
"It could be one of the best times to sell an apartment building in the Tri-Cities, said David Eagle. (He) said many investors are turning away from primary markets like Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, where real estate prices are extremely high and the opportunity for growth limited. He said they're looking more seriously at 'secondary' markets."