The City of Los Angeles checks all the boxes for an excellent apartment owner environment. This includes a booming economy, expensive housing, meaningful job growth, and an abundance of Millennials and professionals. Los Angeles enjoys an immense and fast-growing high-tech industry, especially within the media, tech, aerospace and advanced transportation industry with the likes of Netflix, Google, SpaceX and Northrop Grumman. Los Angeles County houses the nation’s largest international trade industry, the nation’s largest manufacturing base, and an increasing amount of venture capital investment startups. A growing economy is almost always paired with escalating housing costs, and Los Angeles is no exception. More than ever, residents are driven to rental housing as homeownership is prohibitively expensive and not conducive to job mobility and flexibility.
Last year was a banner year for region’s apartment sector. The average market rent in the Los Angeles MSA has seen extremely impressive growth, increasing an average of 5.3 percent annually since the turn of the century, according to Axiometrics. This remarkable trajectory has been spurred by the extremely tight rental market, with annual occupancies averaging between 94 percent and 97 percent. Such indicators allow landlords to be extremely discerning when vetting tenants, which, in turn, provides safer income streams.