Apartment construction has been booming in the Twin Cities, but is about to boom even more

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE (March 18, 2018) – The number of apartments has grown 2.4 percent annually, the 24th-fastest rate among U.S. metro areas but well behind places like Denver and Charlotte, where apartment growth was 5 percent or more, according to RealPage, a technology and analytics company.

“It is an aggressive building pace by Minneapolis standards, but it’s not over-the-top volume when you compare it to other spots,” said Greg Willett, chief economist at RealPage.

The demand for more apartments in the Twin Cities is clear. For nearly a decade, the vacancy rate for market-rate rentals has been around 3.5 percent. That’s tight; 5 percent is considered normal.

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