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The Apartment Construction Boom Ends, Major Economic Impact Ahead

• Mish Talk

Interest rates are too high for many projects to start. Some started projects are in trouble. Let's discuss the ramifications.

Developers Sit on Empty Lots

The Wall Street Journal reports Developers Sit on Empty Lots After Historic Apartment Boom

During the biggest apartment construction boom in decades, a growing number of developers can't make the numbers work to get started on their project, or can't get the money to complete them. Higher interest rates, tighter lending conditions and flattening rents in parts of the country have left property companies from California to Florida waiting for financing that might not come soon.

The amount of time the average apartment project spends between construction authorization and when construction begins has risen to nearly 500 days, a 45% increase from 2019, according to property data firm Yardi Matrix.