North Texas’ booming employment growth should keep demand for new apartments high during the year ahead, analysts predict. That’s a good thing since Dallas-Fort Worth leads the country in apartment building with about 23,500 new rental units under construction. “Dallas was one of the first markets to see construction come back” after the recession, Jay Parsons of apartment analyst MPF Research said Friday. “Those new units are leasing up very, very fast. “We have a lot more supply on the way.” Parsons, who spoke at the Carrollton-based research firm’s annual apartment market forecast, said even with the big construction volumes, the D-FW apartment market is one of the best in the country. “Dallas-Fort Worth has certainly overshot our expectations on occupancy,” he said. “In D-FW, occupancy is at a 12-year high, which is pretty remarkable. “Even the home sales — at very high levels — are not affecting the apartment market at all.”

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