Rents are way up. How are landlords picking the price?

Jan 25, 2023
The national median rent has risen over 20% since 2020, according to Apartment List. And the use of pricing algorithms used by some of the nation's biggest corporate landlords might be playing a role.
While smaller landlords still usually look at comparable units for determining prices, bigger corporate landlords use algorithms.
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The average U.S. renter now spends 30% of their income on rent, a new all-time high

Jan 20, 2023
When people have to spend more and more on rent, there's not much left over for other essentials.
Though there are large geographic differences, the average renter household in the U.S. is spending 30% of their income on rent.
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Renting is now cheaper than owning in most of the country

Jan 20, 2023
A new report from ATTOM says it's now cheaper to rent than own a place in most parts of the country.
A new report says that renting a place in most of the country has become cheaper per month than owning. 
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Rents are finally starting to fall. Here's why.

Dec 15, 2022
There was a huge surge in demand early in the pandemic. That has cooled down dramatically, and in some areas, demand is starting to be met.
Rents in some of the country's most unaffordable markets have begun to dip.
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Some signs that rents may be moderating after an up-and-down ride

Oct 25, 2022
Migration shifts due to the pandemic are among the factors that have contributed to price fluctuations in the rental market.
A new report says that renting a place in most of the country has become cheaper per month than owning. 
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How brutal is NYC’s rental market? Just ask this producer.

Sep 28, 2022
One report found that net effective median rent in Brooklyn jumped more than 27% year-over-year in August.
A public radio producer, two roommates and a corgi team up to take on Brooklyn's competitive rental market.
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Rent caps come to the fore as hikes spike

Aug 30, 2022
Rents have been rising fast along with the price of homes, prompting discussion of rent control or stabilization.
Rent prices are on the rise across the U.S., prompting conversation about setting limits on increases. 
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Developers press on with apartment building as would-be homeowners rent instead

Aug 15, 2022
Putting rental units on the market isn't easy, though.
Supply chain issues and rising labor costs make it hard to get new apartment buildings on the market.
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Higher interest rates may not make a dent in rising rents for more than a year

Jul 12, 2022
Rent growth is expected to ease after interest rates slow down homebuying. It will take even longer for inflation numbers to reflect that.
Month-over-month rent increases should begin to slow as demand cools.
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Is the rental market slowing down? Maybe.

Jul 7, 2022
Some private-sector sources are reporting that year-over-year rent increases slowed down in June. This could be good news for inflation, but not anytime soon.
Rent for one-bedroom apartments went up .5% from May to June, which is less than previous months, according to data from Zumper.
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