Going into the fourth quarter, multifamily sales have already bested 2010 total sales volume by more than $1 billion. The $33 billion in multifamily sales in the first three quarters are up 70% year-over-year compared to the first three quarters of 2010.

In addition, when looking at the annual sales volume of apartments compared to other commercial properties, it is actually tracking a similar share of sales compared to historical levels.  What’s different this year is that more and more of the apartment sales involve nondistressed properties. The level of distressed apartment sales peaked in the first quarter of 2010 at about 29% of all sales being distressed. That percentage has dropped steadily.  The total number of distressed trades has dropped off by one-third in the third quarter alone versus the second quarter. As of the third quarter, only about 16% of apartment sales were classified as distressed.