Construction Is Booming

Most of the country’s new apartments are going up right here in Dallas

Most of the country’s new apartments are going up right here in Dallas

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DFW is getting a big chunk of the apartments constructed this year. Photo courtesy of Simpson Property Group

Rents in Dallas have been rising — alarmingly — for a while, but there might be some relief on the horizon. Of the more than 320,000 new apartments in the U.S. slated to reach completion this year, RentCafe reports that Texas can lay claim to about 70,000 of them.

That's 22 percent of the national inventory, spread out over Texas' four biggest metros of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

DFW alone is gaining 23,159 units, which is second only to Houston's 25,935. Filling out the top five are some heavy real estate hitters: New York, Los Angeles, and Washington.

Sixth-place finisher Austin is constructing 13,568 units, while San Antonio is putting out the welcome mat for 7,158 units.

This 50 percent increase in apartment construction should signal a cool-down in most big cities from the recently overheated pricing. Dallas, however, is bucking the trend by expecting to see a 7.3 percent rise in rent this year. Thanks, thriving job market and exploding population.

Of these new apartments, expect more than half of them to be one-bedroom units. And because we're Dallas, chances are they will also be fancy.