[National Report] One-Bedroom Rents Are Still Steadily Rising

Both one and two-bedroom units are movin’ on up with two-bedroom units rising by over 2 percent in June. Let’s get into it and discuss this accelerating nationwide trend.

1-Bedroom Apartments

One-bedroom apartments have increased a full 5.02 percent since January, and the median national one-bedroom rent now stands at $1,087, a one and one-quarter percent increase from May.

Rent on the Rise

Cleveland, OH rocked our world and vaulted to the number one spot on our monthly median gainers list moving from a very affordable $692 to a still comfortable but sharply higher $760—an increase of 9.8 percent. Hot and cheap Tucson, AZ moved up 8.9 percent to $651, and Salt Lake City, UT gained 8.3 percent to sit at $1,108. Norfolk, VA was alone in fourth place at $948—an 8 percent increase.

Columbia, SC held the fifth position rising 7.7 percent to $773, and Athens, GA, Columbia, MO, Seattle, WA and Mesa, AZ all increased between 7.0 and 7.3 percent with Seattle the priciest at $1,836. Buck Owen’s home, Bakersfield, CA posted an even $700 median June rent price, up 6.5 percent from May, and that’s it for the top ten gainers.

June 2019 Rent Report 1-Bedroom Pricing

Rent on the Decline

As we sometimes see in a hotter market, the losers posted smaller percentage decreases than the gainers as Columbus, OH led the losers with a still significant 7.9 percent loss to $1,065. Scottsdale, AZ equaled that loss as it fell from $1,728 to $1,592. Las Vegas showed some volatility as it fell to $1254 from May’s $1,353—a 7.3 percent decline. Syracuse NY and Los Angeles, CA fell 6.8 and 5.8 percent respectively, and very affordable El Paso, TX lost 3.7 percent to settle at $729.

The bottom four of our top 10 decliners list all lost from 2.2 to 2.9 percent. Dallas, TX claimed the 10th spot with Gainesville, FL, Berkeley, CA and Charleston, SC in seventh, eighth and ninth place.

The most expensive city on the top ten one-bedroom losers list was Los Angeles, CA with a June median one-bedroom rent at a whopping $2,466.

2-Bedroom Apartments

Two-bedroom apartment median rents soared to a 2019 gain of 6.36 percent rising from $1,325 in May to $1,354 in June. Apartments that cost $1,273 in January therefore have moved a full $81 during 2019’s first six months.

Rent on the Rise

Cold, snowy and dreary Buffalo, NY surprised us all with a commanding 13.2 percent increase rising well above the $1,100 mark at $1,156. Glendale, AZ rose a big 12.6 percent reporting a median rent of $1,110. Even moderately priced Indianapolis, IN got in on the party with a 10.8 percent increase to $859. Expensive Seattle, WA rose 8.3 percent to $2,308, and rounding out the top five gainers was Salt Lake City, UT showing a 7.9 percent gain to $1363.

Tucson, AZ and Cleveland, OH — even rocking the two-bedroom charts — gained between 7 and 7.2 percent. Finally, St Louis, MO, St Paul, MN and Oklahoma City OK, all reported similar increases of 6.1 or 6.2 percent.

The cheapest place to live on our top ten two-bedroom gainers list was Cleveland, OH, and the priciest was of course Seattle, WA.

June 2019 Rent Report 2-Bedroom Prices

Rent on the Decline

Like its one-bedroom cousin, Los Angeles fell, and led the two-bedroom losers with an eye-opening 13.4 percent decrease. Scottsdale, AZ followed with a hefty 10.1 percent fall from $2,079 to $1,869. Beginning with third place the losers began to report less formidable decreases as Las Vegas, NV lost 6.4 percent, followed by Berkeley, CA with a 5.5 percent loss to a just unreachable-for-some $3,627 monthly median rent. Atlanta, GA held above the $2,100 mark but still fell 4.0 percent.

Nashville, TN, Oakland, CA and Cambridge MA all lost between 3.1 and 3.8 percent. At the bottom of the losers list we found Louisville, KY at $1,164 falling 2.9 percent, and Green Bay, WI almost out of the playoffs with a median two-bedroom rent of only $736.

Los Angeles, CA was the most expensive place to live in two-bedroom land and Green Bay was the most affordable.

Rent Report Recap & What’s Next?

June showed serious strength as we saw an accelerating upward national median rent trend.

We are concerned about stock market developments like the feared inverted yield curve that surfaced on May 29th and we witnessed a weakness in oil prices that while it has steadied, is still worrisome.

Add that to geopolitical tensions like the Iran situation, mix that with domestic issues like Robert Mueller’s take on his Russian interference report and we look to July with some trepidation. On the other hand, we are almost in an election year and most pundits just don’t see a recession occurring until after that election.

Frankly, the solid increases we saw in June were on the higher side of your expectations, and although the upward trend may quickly soften if we see a severe economic downturn, that just does not look likely quite yet. Be sure to check with us next month.

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Each month, using millions of Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.