Apartment Rents Rise, Slightly, for First Time in 5 Quarters
Apartment Rents Rise as Sector Stabilizes
Nationally, effective rents, which include concessions such as one month of free rent, rose 0.3% during the quarter compared with a 0.7% decline in the fourth quarter of last year and a 1.1% drop in the first quarter of 2009.
enters are also staying put longer: the average renter now stays for 19 months, up from an average of 14 months, said Mr. Friedman, and despite low mortgage rates and greater home affordability, fewer renters are leaving to buy homes. “This is the first time in many, many years that it feels like even people who could afford to buy are making the investment decision not to,” Mr. Friedman said.
Portland, Ore., posted the largest rent decline, at 0.7%, followed by Las Vegas, San Diego, and Southern California’s Inland Empire. Those three markets have all seen an uptick in home-buying activity, particularly among the low end from first-time buyers and investors.
Colorado Springs had the largest rent increases, 2.5%, followed by Washington DC, 2% and San Antonio 1.5%. There is a very nice new online tool, Padmapper, for renters or landlords. It is a mashup on Google Maps of rental listings by location from Craigslist and other sources. Very good search options. Easy to use. Find more real estate links on the Curious Cat Cool Connections Directory.
Related: It’s Now a Renter’s Market (April 2009) – Housing Rents Falling in the USA (February 2009) – Apartment-vacancy Rate is 7.8%, a 23-year High