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June 8, 2022 / Real Estate

Introducing the Apartment List Vacancy Index

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At Apartment List, our research team is committed to providing accurate and timely data so that those interacting with today's quickly changing housing market can make well-informed decisions. For years, our Monthly Rent Estimates have equipped researchers, journalists, industry specialists, and the general public with data on the latest pricing trends. Today, we’re thrilled to announce the release of our newest data product -- the Apartment List Vacancy Index.
June 2, 2022 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the June 2022 Apartment List National Rent Report. Rent growth accelerated slightly again this month, with our national index up by 1.2 percent over the course of May. So far this year, rents are growing more slowly than they did in 2021, but faster than the growth we observed in the years immediately preceding the pandemic. Over the first five months of 2022, rents have increased by a total of 3.9 percent, compared to an increase of 6.1 percent over the same months of 2021.
April 29, 2022 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the May 2022 Apartment List National Rent Report. Rent growth is continuing to pick up steam again, after a brief winter cooldown, with our national index up by 0.9 percent over the course of April. So far this year, rents are growing more slowly than they did in 2021, but faster than the growth we observed in the years immediately preceding the pandemic. Year-over-year rent growth currently stands at a staggering 16.3 percent, but most of that growth took place last spring and summer.
March 30, 2022 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the April 2022 Apartment List National Rent Report. Rent growth is continuing to pick up steam again, after a brief winter cooldown, with our national index up by 0.8 percent over the course of March. So far this year, rents are growing more slowly than they did in 2021, but faster than the growth we observed in the years immediately preceding the pandemic. Year-over-year rent growth currently stands at a staggering 17.1 percent, but most of that growth took place last spring and summer.
March 2, 2022 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the March 2022 Apartment List National Rent Report. After a slight seasonal cooldown over the past few months, rent growth is back on an upward trajectory, with our national index up by 0.6 percent over the course of February. Even though month-over-month rent growth has moved back into positive territory, it remains substantially cooler than last summer, when rents grew by more than 2 percent per month for four straight months. Year-over-year rent growth currently stands at a staggering 17.6 percent, but most of that growth took place last spring and summer.
February 11, 2022 / Real Estate

The Remote Work Divide in Housing Cost Struggles

From Apartment List
2021 was a year of staggering price growth on both the rental and for-sale sides of the housing market, but even before these recent spikes, housing affordability was already a major concern. Generally accepted wisdom holds that a household should not spend more than 30 percent of gross household income on housing costs (i.e. rent or mortgage payments) in order to maintain good financial health. However, as of 2019, nearly one-in-three American households spent above this threshold; these 36.5 million households are considered to be “cost-burdened.”
January 28, 2022 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the February 2022 Apartment List National Rent Report. After a slight dip to close out 2021, our national index ticked back up by 0.2 percent over the course of January. Even though month-over-month growth has moved back into positive territory, rent growth has still cooled substantially from last year’s peak. Year-over-year rent growth currently stands at a record-setting 17.8 percent, but over the past four months, rents have increased by a total of just 0.9 percent. Much of this cooldown is likely related to seasonal factors; it remains to be seen if rapid rent growth will return as moving activity picks back up in the spring and summer
January 7, 2022 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the first Apartment List National Rent Report of 2022. Our national index fell by 0.2 percent during the month of December, marking the only time in 2021 when rents declined month-over-month. A slight dip in rents at this time of year is typical of seasonality in the market, but it’s especially notable after a year of record-setting growth. Over the course of calendar year 2021, the national median rent increased by a staggering 17.8 percent. To put that in context, annual rent growth averaged just 2.3 percent in the pre-pandemic years from 2017-2019.
December 1, 2021 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the December Apartment List National Rent Report. Our national index increased by 0.1 percent during the month of November, the lowest month-over-month growth rate of 2021. The pace of rent growth has been cooling rapidly for the past few months, but growth is still outpacing pre-pandemic trends, with the slight uptick this month coming at a time of year when seasonality normally causes prices to dip. Since January of this year, the national median rent has increased by a staggering 17.8 percent.
November 3, 2021 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the November Apartment List National Rent Report. Our national index increased by 0.8 percent from September to October, the lowest month-over-month growth rate since February. Although the pace of rent growth has slowed down significantly from its July peak, growth is still outpacing pre-pandemic trends, with rents continuing to rise during a time of year when seasonality normally causes prices to dip. Since January of this year, the national median rent has increased by a staggering 16.4 percent.
September 29, 2021 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the October Apartment List National Rent Report. Our national index increased by 2.1 percent from August to September. Although month-over-month growth has slowed slightly from its July peak, rents are still growing much faster than the pre-pandemic trend. Since January of this year, the national median rent has increased by a staggering 16.4 percent. To put that in context, rent growth from January to September averaged just 3.4 percent in the pre-pandemic years from 2017-2019.
September 1, 2021 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the September Apartment List National Rent Report. Our national index increased by 2.1 percent from July to August, a slight cool-down from 2.5 percent the month before, but nevertheless a continuation of rent growth that has persisted since the start of the year. Since January 2021, the national median rent has increased by a staggering 13.8 percent. To put that in context, rent growth from January to August averaged just 3.6 percent in the pre-pandemic years from 2017-2019.
August 25, 2021 / Real Estate

What's Driving Up Rent Prices This Year?

From Apartment List
In a year when people have yearned for a return to normal, the rental market has been anything but. Not only are rent prices rising, they are rising tremendously fast and rising virtually everywhere. According to our national rent estimates, prices jumped over 11 percent in the first half of 2021, more than doubling the rate of inflation and more than tripling the typical rent growth we measured in the several years preceding the pandemic. Today, 87 of the nation’s 100 largest cities have fully rebounded to pre-pandemic rent prices
July 28, 2021 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the August Apartment List National Rent Report. Our national index increased by 2.5 percent from June to July, continuing a months-long trend of rapidly accelerating rent growth. So far in 2021, the national median rent has increased by a staggering 11.4 percent. To put that in context, in the pre-pandemic years from 2017-2019, rent growth from January to July averaged just 3.3 percent. This month’s spike continues to push rents well above where they would be if growth had remained on its pre-pandemic trend.
June 30, 2021 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the July Apartment List National Rent Report. Our national index increased by 2.3 percent in June, continuing the trend of rapid price growth since the start of the year. So far in 2021, rental prices have grown a staggering 9.2 percent. To put that in context, in previous years growth from January to June is usually just 2 to 3 percent. After this month’s spike, rents have been pushed well above our expectations of where they would have been had the pandemic not disrupted the market.
June 25, 2021 / Real Estate

In Many Cities, "Pandemic Pricing" Is Over

From Apartment List
To assess how severely the rental market has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how quickly it is returning to pre-pandemic prices, we use historical rent data to estimate “projected” rent prices from April 2020 onward. These projections assume that rent growth in 2020 and 2021 mirrors pre-pandemic growth and follows typical seasonal trends in each city studied. For more details on these projections, see the Methodology section below.
June 9, 2021 / Real Estate

Where Did We Build Housing This Decade?

From Apartment List
The last decade significantly shifted the urban geography of the United States. The longest economic expansion on record brought new opportunities and challenges, then came to a screeching pandemic halt in 2020. The growth was long-lived but uneven. New and existing innovation hubs and oil towns boomed, while some markets struggled to shake off sluggishness after the Great Recession. Throughout the 2010s, America’s housing growth both reflected and reinforced these trends.
May 28, 2021 / Real Estate

Apartment List National Rent Report

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Welcome to the June Apartment List National Rent Report. Our national index increased by 2.3 percent from April to May, representing the third straight month of record-setting rent growth, going back to the start of our rent estimates in 2017. After this recent spike, year-over-year rent growth now stands at 5.4 percent nationally, and prices are now in line with where we expect they would have been if the pandemic-related rent declines of 2020 never occurred.
May 12, 2021 / Real Estate

Remote Work Has Wealthy Americans Moving Again

From Apartment List
According to the Census Bureau, the United States’ annual mover rate (the percentage of people who change residence each year) had been declining since the mid-1980s, and reached its lowest point just before the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend may have continued if not for the sudden and rapid adoption of remote work.
May 5, 2021

How will remote work impact housing location preferences?

From Apartment List
In a survey of 5,000 employed adults across the U.S., we found that four-in-ten workers expect to have some form of continued remote work flexibility post-pandemic. 19 percent expect to have a hybrid arrangement that allows for remote work multiple days per week, while 21 percent expect that they’ll have the ability to work exclusively remotely.