REPORT: The Downfall of Single-family Homebuilding and Rise of Multifamily


The U.S. Department of Commerce recently released a report that highlights the massive difference between new multifamily constructions and single-family homebuilding.

Statistics show that single-family housing starts took a significant plunge in March. In analyzing the Commerce Department report, Reuters also points out a “record backlog of homes approved for construction.”

On the other hand, the multifamily sector increased construction stats; so much so that it contributed to the highest annual rate since the month of June in 2006.

But what are the specific numbers, and what do investors need to know about the situation?

Single-family homebuilding faces 1.7% decline

First off, privately-owned construction beginnings, completions, and building permits saw a drop in percentage in March. Single-family homebuilding starts decreased by 1.7%, while completions tumbled 6.4% below February rates.

When you put things into perspective, 13% fewer homes were completed in March 2022 as opposed to March 2021.

However, multifamily had a 7.5% boost for project starts — the biggest leap since the beginning of 2020. And it’s easy to understand why.

More and more people are choosing to rent instead of buy. Statistics reflect the trend, with a +22% apartment rent increase in March alone, according to

This resulted in multifamily wins across the board, with the following March stats for buildings with +5 units:

  • 672,000 building authorizations
  • 574,000 construction starts
  • 292,000 housing completions

What does this mean for real estate investors?

As an investor, everything in this latest report points to one thing, and one thing only:


No matter how you crunch the numbers, it’s obvious that apartments will continue to be in high demand — in any economy.

You can flip as many houses as you want. You still wouldn’t be able to create the wealth that dozens of units could.

Now, while the report I shared with you covers just March 2022, I know this sector will prosper month after month.

And if you’re ready to finally start taking advantage of multifamily real estate, register for my free training right now.

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Star of Discovery Channel’s “Undercover Billionaire,” Grant Cardone owns and operates seven privately held companies and a private equity real estate firm, Cardone Capital, with a multifamily portfolio of assets under management valued at over $4 billion. He is the Top Crowdfunder in the world, raising over $900 million in equity via social media. Known internationally as the leading expert on sales, marketing, and scaling businesses, Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 business books, including “The 10X Rule,” which led to Cardone establishing the 10X Global Movement and the 10X Growth Conference, now the largest business and entrepreneur conference in the world. The online business and sales educational platform he created, Cardone University, serves over 411,000 individuals and Forbes 100 corporate clients throughout the world. Voted the top Marketing Influencer to watch by Forbes, Cardone uses his massive 15 million plus following to give back via his Grant Cardone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring underserved, at-risk adolescents in financial literacy, especially those without father figures.


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