Apartment Rents Biggest Growth Spurt Since 2019, Winston Rowe and Associates

Apartment rent trends may have hit a new stride. The Apartment List national rent index increased by .7% month-over-month in February.
By: Winston Rowe and Associates
MIAMI - March 2, 2021 - PRLog -- The increase also represents the second consecutive month of rent growth, a possible turn in the downward trend in rates catalyzed by the pandemic.

Considering historic rent growth trends, the month-over-month increase represents a substantial bump forward. For the past three years, February rent growth was .3% month-over-month. The report from Apartment List notes that the 2021 increase is more than double February 2020. In January, rent growth also outpaced the prior year's average.

It isn't all good news. Overall, the national rent index is still down .8% year-over-year, and rents have yet to recover to the post-pandemic peak in August following a trough in December. However, the gains in January and February have helped to offset some of those losses. Rents are now down only .1% from June rent levels, and rent losses are starting to recover. Last month, rents had a year-over-year decline of 1.2%, and this month the number has improved to .8%.

While this is an overarching trend, Apartment List notes that rent trends are very market specific through the pandemic. Rents in some markets are hitting a trough—or recovering from one—while booming markets are continuing to see rent growth. Of course, this has been the trend throughout the pandemic. Multifamily has shined in the sunbelt region.

Winston Rowe and Associates prepared this article, they are a national consulting and due diligence firm with a practice focusing on commercial real estate investors. You can visit them online at https://www.winstonrowe.com

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