Pittsburgh Multifamily Market
Tech Labor Shifts Renter Trends; Sparse
Suburban Deliveries Keep Vacancy Down
Highly-skilled labor drives leasing trends. A rich academic environment generated by Carnegie Mellon University has attracted firms seeking to capitalize on joint-research opportunities and a university-educated talent pool. DoorDash and Waymo, Google's autonomous driving division, are just two examples of engineering-focused operations that have recently expanded into the Steel City. Silicon Valley giants have supported a growing tech worker population here, helping to push overall vacancy into the mid-2 percent band, despite regional population loss. An influx of well-compensated professionals is translating to a shift in the renter base and higher demand for Class A units. The average effective rent in this tier advanced 9 percent year-over-year in March, almost doubling the increase observed in Class C.