Eight Of The Ten Most Expensive Metros For Rent Are In California And Florida

California and Florida metros collectively account for 80% of the top 10 highest average rents across the country, forcing Americans to look to the middle of the country for affordable rentals. That’s according to HouseCanary’s first National Rental Report, which compares listings volumes, new listings, and median listing price information on single-family detached listings from H1 2021 and H1 2022. National rent prices saw a double-digit increase, up 13.4% YOY in the first half of 2022. At the end of H1 2022, the average rent was $2,495. Property demand remained strong, with the number of days on the market staying basically the same from last year. At the end of H1, rentals were on the market for an average of…

Florida Is The Most Competitive Market For Renters

Florida has taken the top spot as the most sought-after area for renters in 2022, according to new research from RentCafe. RentCafe looked at the 100 largest U.S. markets and analyzed data such as the number of days a rental sat vacant, the percentage of occupied apartments, and how many renters competed for apartments. South and Central Florida ranked highest, followed by mid-sized markets in the Northeast. Miami-Date County is the hottest rental market in the country, with the highest demand for apartments thanks to a huge number of apartment hunters, low inventory, and record-high lease renewal rates. Hot areas like Miami and Orlando are struggling to keep up with an influx of new renters even though they have built…

Rents Post Another Double-Digit Gain In February

Rents posted another double-digit gain in February, rising 13.1% YOY, according to CoreLogic’s Single-Family Rent Index. They are now at their highest level in the history of the index. The largest price increases were in warm areas of the country as Americans keep moving to Sun Belt states. Miami saw a spike of 39.5% from February 2021, outpacing the second and third places, Orlando (22.2%) and Phoenix (18.9%). Washington, D.C., and St. Louis had the lowest annual increases, both at 6.5%. Lower-priced rentals (75% or less than the regional median) saw increases of 12.7%, up from 3% in February 2021. Lower-middle priced rentals (75% to 100%) were up 13.8%, from 3.2% the year prior. Higher-middle priced rentals (100%-125%) were up…

Morning Roundup (3/22/2022)– Tolls On U.S. Housing Sector, AIMI Falls

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, March 22. The U.S. is opposing Poland’s idea of sending troops into Ukraine. President Biden warned companies that Russia was considering cyberattacks in retaliation for sanctions. Miami Beach officials issued a curfew after two shootings during spring break. The Mortgage Note Reports Invasion Of Ukraine, Inflation To Take Toll On U.S. Housing Sector: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its implications for the global economy has some experts saying the housing market in the United States will be impacted. Soaring Housing Costs: The average monthly asking rent in the U.S. rose 15% YOY but were once again outpaced by mortgage payment growth, up 31% YOY. AIMI Falls: The Freddie Mac Multifamily Apartment Investment Market Index fell …

Finding Multifamily Investment Opportunities Is Getting Harder

Investment opportunities in multifamily housing lost some steam in Q4 2021, with the Freddie Mac Multifamily Apartment Investment Market Index (AIMI) falling by 4.8% from Q3 and 2.4% year-over-year. AIMI analyzes multifamily rental income growth, property price growth, and mortgage rates to measure multifamily market investment conditions. A decline such as this indicates that attractive investment opportunities are becoming more difficult to find. The report suggests that record multifamily price appreciation and rising mortgage rates offset net operating incomes (NOI), despite “unprecedented” income growth for multifamily investors. Property prices grew by 19.6% YOY, while NOI grew by only 17.7%. “The year-over-year AIMI decline shows us that it may be more difficult now to find attractive multifamily investment opportunities in some…

Gen Z Renters Reviving Once “Doomed” Cities

Gen Z is reviving urban hotspots assumed to be dying out due to Covid-19, a new report from RentCafe found. Gen Z is the only generation to see a spike in renting activity in the last year, up by 21% while the share of rent applications from all other generations dropped.  They account for a quarter of all rent activity nationwide and pushed the number of applications for apartments from renters of all generations up an average of 10%. In 2020, Zoomers were stuck in their families’ hometowns or in their college towns. But now, following promises of job opportunities and vibrant living, they’re renting in cities once thought doomed in the wake of the pandemic. Compared to 2020, there…

Morning Roundup (3/1/2022)– UWM, Pending Home Sales

Good Morning! Today is Tuesday, March 1. A convoy of Russian armed forces stretching approximately 40 miles is moving closer to Kyiv. California, Oregon, and Washington will stop requiring masks in schools. President Biden will deliver his State of the Union address tonight. The Mortgage Note Reports The ‘Rent vs. Own’ Debate Heats Up: With both home prices and rents rising at or near record levels, the debate over which makes the most fiscal sense is hotter than ever, these experts say. Broker Confidence Dips: Broker confidence fell for the second straight month in February, though brokers are “cautiously optimistic” about the future. CoreLogic HPI: CoreLogic’s Home Price Index found that home prices rose 19.1% YOY in January and 1.4%…

Rising Rents vs Home Price Appreciation: The Debate Heats Up

By SCOTT KIMBLER Across the country, especially in urban metropolitan areas, it’s becoming as difficult to find a rental property as it is to buy a home. “It’s just going to keep happening,” said economist Roy Black of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. “It is the perfect storm: Supply chain issues, inflation, gas prices going up. It is everything happening from different angles. The middle class, even the upper middle class, is being squeezed. Prices are squeezing the people whose salaries are not increasing at the pace of the cost of living. About the only thing people can do is bargain-hunt until they find something or move farther and farther out where the rents are cheaper.” Elizbeth Rose with Mortgage…

Rental Rates Up By More Than 15%, Adding To Inflation

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Monthly asking rates for rentals increased an estimated 15.2% year-over-year in January, and some economists say this is accounting for a significant portion of recent inflation. Redfin is reporting that last month the average asking rent was $1,891, which is the largest annual jump since at least February of 2020. The national median monthly mortgage payment for homebuyers climbed by 25% year-over-year to $1,595. That is also the biggest increase in Redfin’s records. Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather noted that rising mortgage rates are shrinking more Americans out of the for-sale market, which will likely put increasing pressure on rents this year. “Moving right now is expensive, whether you’re renting or buying,” Fairweather said. “One of the only…

American Homes Gained $9.1T In Value In November

Homeowners gained $9.1 trillion in housing value between November 2020 and November 2021, a new report from Redfin found. U.S. home prices rose 31.4% year-over-year (YOY) to $38.3 trillion in November, with a $2.6 trillion annual increase a year earlier. The surge in value was propelled by continuing home price appreciation. November was the 16th consecutive month of double-digit price increases. The number of homes for sales reached a record low, adding fuel to the fire. “The surge in housing values during the pandemic has widened the gap between homeowners and renters in America. Homeowners have seen their wealth increase significantly over the past year, while renters have missed out on those gains and are now grappling with rent inflation,”…