U.S. Home Rental Prices Hit Highest Level in 2 Years

Published by FOX Business | June 17, 2021

Realtor.com said the uptick bolsters the notion that ‘rents have fully recovered’ in most big cities

Home rental prices, which dropped in many U.S. cities throughout the coronavirus pandemic, have reached their highest level in about two years.

As of May 2021, the median national rent reached $1,527, up 5.5%, compared to a year ago, according to Realtor.com. The median rent in May increased in 43 of the 50 largest metro areas, compared to the same period a year ago. This is a slight increase from 40 metro areas in April and 33 in March. Meanwhile, rental prices are up 7.5% nationwide over the past two years.

According to Realtor.com analysts, the uptick in price bolsters the notion that “rents have fully recovered in many of the nation’s largest cities and are on track to speedy recovery in many others” — pushing those highly sought after coronavirus discounts further out of reach.

“There is a multitude of factors contributing to this increase including rising home costs, which are ultimately forcing more buyers to opt for renting.”

–Realtor.com economic research analysts Nicolas Bedo and Danielle Hale.

Furthermore, “increasing vaccination rates may be boosting confidence in the safety of moving, which drives up demand, and prices,” according to Bedo and Hale.

The area facing the fastest price increase is Riverside, California, where the median rent reached $2,020 in May, up 19.2% compared to a year ago.

Memphis, Tennessee; Tampa, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; and Sacramento, California, also topped the list for the fastest growing metro areas. Each of the areas saw rents growing by 15% or more year over year.

The data indicated that renters are losing out on the chance to score a discount on rent.

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