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Realtor.com® June Rental Report: Rents Surge to New Highs Nationwide

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The U.S. median rental price increased 8.1% year-over-year to a median of $1,575

- Rental prices reach new highs in 44 of the largest 50 markets, with Riverside, Calif., Memphis, Tenn., Tampa and Phoenix posting year-over-year gains above 20%

- Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom rents all increased over June 2020, with two-bedroom units seeing the biggest uptick at 10.2%

- The U.S. median rent is now $118 more than it was two years ago

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The shortage of affordable housing inventory forced more prospective homebuyers into the rental market in June, driving the U.S. median rent price to a new high of $1,575, an 8.1% increase year-over-year, according to the Realtor.com® Monthly Rental Report released today. Additionally, rental prices in 44 of the 50 largest metros broke new records led by Riverside, Memphis, Tampa and Phoenix, which posted gains above 20% year-over-year.

"The surge we're seeing in rental prices is likely to exacerbate the K-shaped, or uneven, nature of the pandemic recovery in the U.S. Rents are rising at a faster pace than income, which is adding to the challenges faced by lower-income Americans as they struggle to recover from job losses and other hardships brought about by COVID," said Realtor.com® Chief Economist Danielle Hale. "Looking forward, rents aren't expected to slow unless we see a fundamental shift in the number of homes for sale and for rent."

Hale added, June's 3.2% price growth over May was more than just the usual seasonal trend of increasing summer rents. Rents typically fluctuate by less than 1% on a monthly basis. In June, rents in all but two of the 50 largest U.S. metros posted month-over-month gains of 1.0% or higher. Miami topped the list at an increase of 7.7% over May, a gain that would be exceptional over the course of 12-months, let alone one.

Rents surge to new highs in 44 of the 50 largest U.S. metros
The spike in demand for housing is putting pressure on markets already challenged by availability and affordability. Similar to the shortage of homes for sale, the number of homes available to rent is historically low, driving competition and surging rental prices. In June, rents in 44 of the 50 largest U.S. markets hit the highest levels seen in the past two years of Realtor.com® data. Additionally, nearly half of these metros posted month-over-month gains at or above the unusually high national rate.

For the second straight month, Riverside, Calif., Memphis, Tenn., Tampa and Phoenix held the top spots by rent growth. Rents in these markets grew at a faster pace in June than last month, posting year-over-year gains of 20% or more in June. Riverside saw the highest growth in June, up 24.2% over last year and 4.6% from May (+19.2%) to a median $2,112.

Strong demand for more space widens the rent gap between unit sizes
The desire for larger living space increased significantly during the pandemic, and this trend continued to play out this month. Two-bedroom rents increased at the fastest pace of all unit sizes in June, up 10.2% year-over-year to a new high of $1,770. Two-bedroom rents were up 13.6% in June compared to 2019, rising $212 per month in just two years.

Although the gap between two-bedroom rents and smaller unit sizes is getting larger, one-bedroom (+8.0%) and studio (+4.0%) rents also posted significant gains in June, with one-bedroom rents reaching a new high of $1,466. More common to crowded cities, studios saw the steepest declines during COVID but are finally catching up with the overall rental market recovery. In June, studio rents rose 5.8% over 2019 to a new two-year high of $1,294.

Realtor.com®June 2021 Rental Data - Top 10 Markets for Year-over-Year Rent Increases


Rank

Metro

Median Rent

Rent YY

1

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

2,112

24.2%

2

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

1,150

23.0%

3

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

1,605

21.1%

4

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

1,590

20.9%

5

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

1,821

17.5%

6

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

1,200

17.1%

7

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

2,507

17.0%

8

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

1,397

16.0%

9

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

1,590

15.6%

10

Jacksonville, FL

1,310

14.4%

Realtor.com®June 2021 Rental Data - 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas


Metro

Median Rent

Rent M/M

Rent Y/Y

Studio Median Rent

Studio Rent Y/Y

1br Median Rent

1br Rent Y/Y

2br Median Rent

2br Rent Y/Y

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.

$1,590

3.5%

15.6%

$1,490

12.6%

$1,495

15.4%

$1,739

17.1%

Austin-Round Rock, Texas

$1,492

5.0%

10.4%

$1,223

9.7%

$1,366

11.2%

$1,675

13.2%

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md.

$1,620

1.3%

6.6%

$1,334

6.7%

$1,558

7.4%

$1,728

6.0%

Birmingham-Hoover, Ala.

$1,070

3.0%

12.6%

$1,059

13.3%

$1,020

12.5%

$1,101

12.3%

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H.

$2,450

2.1%

-2.0%

$2,060

-5.5%

$2,310

-2.9%

$2,700

-3.6%

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, N.Y.

$1,180

3.1%

4.9%

$900

13.6%

$1,060

3.4%

$1,350

5.9%

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C.

$1,434

2.4%

10.8%

$1,299

8.3%

$1,330

9.7%

$1,575

12.6%

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill.-Ind.-Wis.

$1,700

3.0%

0.3%

$1,345

-6.5%

$1,650

-0.9%

$1,900

2.7%

Cincinnati, Ohio-Ky.-Ind.

$1,200

4.4%

17.1%

$1,025

2.5%

$1,155

12.7%

$1,275

21.4%

Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio

$1,094

0.8%

9.4%

$796

6.1%

$1,045

8.9%

$1,180

9.4%

Columbus, Ohio

$1,149

2.2%

9.3%

$965

7.2%

$1,090

9.9%

$1,228

9.3%

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas

$1,389

3.7%

11.1%

$1,199

11.8%

$1,278

13.1%

$1,633

13.7%

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo.

$1,820

3.7%

10.2%

$1,505

4.5%

$1,699

11.1%

$2,125

13.3%

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich.

$1,190

2.7%

8.2%

$985

4.2%

$1,025

9.6%

$1,325

7.3%

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Conn.

$1,545

3.0%

8.4%

$1,104

-6.4%

$1,450

5.5%

$1,750

11.1%

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas

$1,275

2.0%

6.3%

$1,246

7.0%

$1,165

6.4%

$1,434

7.0%

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.

$1,140

4.3%

12.8%

$980

2.2%

$1,050

11.5%

$1,260

17.0%

Jacksonville, Fla.

$1,310

4.0%

14.4%

$1,049

36.2%

$1,216

16.9%

$1,420

15.5%

Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.

$1,150

3.7%

8.9%

$905

6.5%

$1,025

5.2%

$1,350

10.3%

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.

$1,397

4.3%

16.0%

$900

12.5%

$1,289

19.4%

$1,525

16.6%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.

$2,690

4.2%

4.3%

$2,000

0.1%

$2,400

2.4%

$3,195

5.6%

Louisville/Jefferson County, Ky.-Ind.

$1,020

1.5%

8.5%

$899

5.1%

$958

4.7%

$1,130

14.7%

Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

$1,150

5.3%

23.0%

$995

2.1%

$1,125

23.4%

$1,210

24.1%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla.

$2,153

7.7%

13.3%

$1,791

15.5%

$1,913

11.8%

$2,485

13.0%

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis.

$1,395

3.0%

3.3%

$1,095

0.5%

$1,299

1.5%

$1,599

4.2%

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis.

$1,495

1.8%

2.3%

$1,199

-4.0%

$1,425

1.1%

$1,812

8.2%

Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.

$1,416

1.9%

7.3%

$1,510

6.4%

$1,348

9.6%

$1,475

7.6%

New Orleans-Metairie, La.

$1,395

3.3%

8.1%

$975

20.5%

$1,340

8.5%

$1,600

10.3%

New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.

$2,450

2.1%

-2.0%

$2,095

-13.4%

$2,250

-2.2%

$2,775

3.7%

Oklahoma City, Okla.

$850

1.9%

6.4%

$675

-12.9%

$774

9.0%

$905

5.8%

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.

$1,500

3.9%

13.1%

$1,350

13.0%

$1,415

16.0%

$1,669

16.8%

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del-Md.

$1,615

0.9%

2.5%

$1,325

3.9%

$1,575

4.4%

$1,800

3.2%

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.

$1,590

3.0%

20.9%

$1,145

22.5%

$1,410

22.4%

$1,800

20.4%

Pittsburgh, Pa.

$1,365

2.3%

8.3%

$1,186

4.6%

$1,295

7.5%

$1,509

10.3%

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash.

$1,645

3.1%

9.7%

$1,375

3.0%

$1,595

8.1%

$1,880

16.6%

Providence-Warwick, R.I.-Mass.

$1,785

2.0%

8.6%

$1,460

-5.8%

$1,563

8.9%

$2,028

14.3%

Raleigh, N.C.

$1,380

4.7%

13.6%

$1,240

7.4%

$1,270

14.5%

$1,555

18.3%

Richmond, Va.

$1,252

1.5%

13.9%

$1,021

12.7%

$1,166

19.0%

$1,387

13.7%

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.

$2,112

4.6%

24.2%

$1,374

9.9%

$1,788

20.4%

$2,449

32.7%

Rochester, N.Y.

$1,225

2.1%

10.4%

$895

7.2%

$1,135

11.3%

$1,350

8.9%

Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, Calif.

$1,821

3.5%

17.5%

$1,500

5.8%

$1,700

18.9%

$1,954

20.2%

San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

$1,124

1.7%

7.0%

$965

5.5%

$1,039

9.6%

$1,284

9.1%

San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif.

$2,507

4.9%

17.0%

$2,050

16.7%

$2,315

19.0%

$2,875

18.6%

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.

$2,801

3.2%

-6.1%

$2,305

-12.5%

$2,582

-8.2%

$3,311

-5.0%

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

$2,860

2.3%

-3.7%

$2,284

2.5%

$2,660

-2.2%

$3,238

-2.6%

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.

$1,910

3.2%

1.3%

$1,545

-3.0%

$1,923

0.9%

$2,166

3.4%

St. Louis, Mo.-Ill.

$1,156

1.0%

7.8%

$950

5.7%

$1,126

9.9%

$1,240

10.2%

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.

$1,605

5.6%

21.1%

$1,425

13.1%

$1,470

25.1%

$1,800

26.1%

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.-N.C.

$1,300

2.2%

11.0%

$1,123

4.0%

$1,279

12.4%

$1,392

14.6%

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.V.

$1,979

2.5%

1.0%

$1,599

-5.9%

$1,895

0.0%

$2,369

7.0%

Methodology
Rental data as of June 2021. Rental units include apartment communities as well as private rentals (condos, townhomes, single-family homes). All units were studio, 1-bedroom, or 2-bedroom units. National rents were calculated by averaging the medians of the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

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