It also includes a small section of Downtown Saint Paul, part of the Summit Hill neighborhood and most of the Cathedral Hill neighborhood which is a sub-section of the Summit-University neighborhood.
For 5+ unit multifamily properties (excluding mixed use), there are 156 apartment buildings with a total of 5,502 rental units. The median size for these buildings is 12 units.
Focusing in on 5-50 unit properties there are 130 buildings with a total of 1,801 rental units. This brings the median building size down to 10 units.
The median year built for 5+ unit Multi Family apartments is 1925.
For 5-50 unit properties the median year built is 1918.
Since the majority of the land in the 55102 zip code has already been developed, new construction in this area has largely slowed down. In-fill redevelopment tends to be cost-prohibitive for smaller buildings due to the price of existing buildings combined with today's labor and material rates.
That being said, the supply of existing units tends to be fairly constant.
For 5-50 unit Multi Family Apartments - there are typically about 6 properties sold each year. This equates to just under a 5% turnover rate.
In 2021 we saw higher than normal ownership turnover at 12%. This was likely due to a combination of low cap rates (incentivizing sellers), cheap interest rates (incentivizing buyers), and the public discussion that led up to the passage of rent control in the city of Saint Paul. This "Rent Stabilization Ordinance" was passed in November 2021 and implemented in May of 2022.
The median sales price per door of the most recent sale of a 5-50 unit Multi Family Apartment was $130,000. This is higher than the trendline indicates however due to the small data-set it is difficult to make any conclusive statements about this.
If you are considering selling your apartment within the next five years it's important to keep an eye on your revenue.
The 55102 zip code is expected to see slow but steady growth over the coming years. This should provide property owners with continued demand for rental units.
Whenever looking at rental rates, it's a good idea to compare them to single family sales data. This way you can calculate the difference between a potential mortgage payment and your rent rates. You'll then be able to gauge how likely it is that you will loose renters as they become home-owners.
The winners will be property owners who maintain their properties and keep them attractive for their residents.
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