Rent Jumped 17% in a Year, Reaches New High — Here’s Where You’ll Pay the Most

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In February, national rents grew 17.1% year-over-year to a new high of $1,792 per month, with rents continuing to increase the most in the Sun Belt metros at an average growth rate of 22.5% year-over-year, and with Miami, Florida being the fastest growing market, according to a new report.

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The Realtor.com Monthly Rental Report, released March 23, shows that February 2022 marks the seventh month in a row where rent growth has reached double digits for 0-2 bedroom properties.

In addition, the report notes that in February 2022, rent was less affordable than the previous year. Renters earning the typical household income devoted 29.7% of their income to lease a typical for-rent home, compared to 24.8% in February 2021.

“Whether it’s rent or mortgage payments, the general rule of thumb is to keep monthly housing costs to less than 30% of your income. And with rents surging nationwide, February data indicates that many renters’ budgets may be stretched beyond the affordability limit,” Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale, said in the report.

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“With rents up by nearly 20% over the past two years, rental prices are likely to remain high, but we do expect some cooling from the recent accelerated pace. In light of mounting economic uncertainties and the conflict in Ukraine, some households will prefer to buy, in an effort to lock in a largely fixed monthly payment as a hedge against further inflation. But fast-rising mortgage rates and still-limited numbers of homes for sale could mean some would-be buyers may stick with the flexibility of renting. With rental demand already outmatching supply, rental affordability will remain a challenge,” she added.

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Following Miami, the least affordable cities in February included Los Angeles; Riverside, California; Tampa; San Diego; New York; Las Vegas; New Orleans; Orlando and Phoenix, according to the report.

On the other hand, the most affordable rental markets in February included Kansas City, Missouri; Oklahoma City; Denver; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; Indianapolis; Louisville; Minneapolis; Houston; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.

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