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March Rental Activity Report: Minneapolis Leads the Chart; Alabama City Makes Bold Entry Into Top 10

Minneapolis is renters’ first pick for apartment-hunting for the fourth month in a row.   Overland Park, KS, overtakes Atlanta for…

Unlocking Miami-Dade’s Housing Potential: Existing Vacant Land Could Provide Affordable Housing for 192,000 Renters

Miami-Dade County is dealing with an affordable housing challenge: Through a combination of nationwide rising housing costs and a development…

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Gen Z by Age 30: Renting Becomes the Go-To Housing Option With a Total Cost of $145,000

Generation Z is emerging as the most diverse and potentially the best-educated group in American history, setting them up to…

February Rental Activity Report: Minneapolis Is the Most Coveted City, Western Cities Dominate the Top 30

Minneapolis is the most sought-after city by renters for the third consecutive month. Atlanta and Queens, NY, are neck and…

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America’s Hottest Rental Markets at the Start of 2024: Miami Holds Leading Spot Amid Rising Competition in the Midwest

Key takeaways: The national competitivity score stands at 73.4 out of 100 in early 2024, with vacant apartments finding occupants…

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Top Renting Sweet Spots in the U.S.: Where Your Income Goes the Furthest

Renters can get the most out of their income in Silicon Valley’s Sunnyvale, where the highest median wages in the…

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From Boardrooms to Bedrooms: A Record 55K Office-to-Apartments Expected in Major Cities

From 2021 to 2024, the number of apartments scheduled for conversion from old office spaces increased from 12,100 to 55,300….

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Beyond the Classroom: 2024’s Top College Towns Where Good Life Meets Academia

Bozeman, MT, home of Montana State University, ranks first in our list of best college towns in the U.S.  Western…

January Rental Activity Report: Minneapolis Leads as the Most Sought-After City, West Rivals Midwest for Top Spots

Minneapolis stays in the lead as the most sought-after city by renters at the start of 2024. The West overtakes…

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Rental Activity Report: Atlanta Is Top Market to Watch in 2024, Midwest Most Popular Region for Renting

Atlanta is the top city for renters to watch in 2024 after attracting the highest rental activity on RentCafe.com in…

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2023 in Review: Top 10 Reports by RentCafe.com

In 2023, the real estate market has undergone significant transformations, marked by evolving trends and consumer preferences. To help readers…

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2023 Year-End Report: Miami Tops U.S. Hottest Rental Markets, but the Midwest Heats Up the Competition

The Midwest was the most competitive region for renting in 2023 with three of its markets making the top five…

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Location vs. Space: How Much Does the National Average Rent of $1,700 Stretch in Apartment Size by Zip Code?

In the world of renting, there’s a delicate balance between space and location, as represented best in renters’ eternal dilemma:…

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November Rental Activity Report: Minneapolis Is Most In-Demand City, Two California Destinations Join the List

Minneapolis took the lead for the first time after six months in our ranking of the most in-demand cities for…

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Multigenerational Living: 1 in 5 Millennials & Two-Thirds of Gen Z Struggle to Leave the Nest

20% of Millennials and 68% of Gen Z-ers still live with other family members, taking longer to leave home compared…

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October Rental Activity Report: Queens Takes Top Spot, Midwest Is Most Popular Region

New York City borough Queens is October’s most sought-after location by U.S. renters in our October rental activity report. Elsewhere…

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Top Zip Codes Powering the New Apartment Surge: DC’s 20002 Spearheads the Trend

U.S. cities are buzzing with new apartment buildings — more than we’ve seen in decades. So, if you’ve noticed more…

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16.7 Million Americans Are Renting Alone; Salt Lake City Saw the Highest Surge

Renting is a common housing arrangement for many Americans, but not all renters like sharing their space with other people….

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September Rental Activity Report: Arlington, VA, Takes the Lead as Most Sought-After City, Queens Secures 3rd Spot

Arlington, VA, is the most in-demand city for renters in our September rental activity report, making the list for the…

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Best Rental Markets in the U.S.: Competition for Apartments Intensifies in Midwest This Rental Season, but Miami Holds Onto 1st Place

Miami was the most competitive rental market during this summer’s peak moving season, but the Midwest was America’s hottest apartment…

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New Apartment Construction: 1 Million Units Built in 3 Years, Another Million to Be Added Until 2025

New apartment construction in the U.S. is experiencing its best years on record: The pandemic building boom brought 1.2 million…

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Dreaming of Living in a House as a Renter? Here Are The Most Affordable Single-Family Rental Markets in the U.S.

In 20 markets across the nation, renters spent less than $1,700 to live in a single-family rental. The Midwest is…

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Looking For Your Family’s Forever City? The Best Places for Renter Families in 2023 Are in the South, With Plano, TX Ranking First

If you’re among the 68 million renters living with their family, you know that raising children is hard work. Add…

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August Rental Activity Report: Arlington, VA, Is Most In-Demand City, NYC Boroughs Climb Closer to the Top

Arlington, VA, is the most sought-after city by U.S. renters in our August Rental Activity Report, leading our top 30…

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Unlocking Phoenix’s Housing Potential: Existing Vacant Land Could Hold Apartments for 93,000 Renters

Phoenix is one the nation’s fastest-growing cities, having welcomed more than 30,000 newcomers in the last three years, all needing…

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Apartments From Adaptive Reuse Projects to Exceed 120,000 in Upcoming Years, Despite Recent Slowdown in Office Conversions

Following the effects of the pandemic, adaptive reuse emerged as the solution to the increased demand for housing and the…

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July Rental Activity Report: Arlington, VA, Leads as the Most In-Demand City, the Northeast Region Gains Ground

Arlington, VA, is the most sought-after city by renters in our July rental activity report, leading our ranking for the…

Miami Is Nation’s Hottest Renting Spot as Florida Shines Again This Rental Season

Although the very start of the year saw a pivot in the Northeast, Florida’s apartment market is once again the…

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Best Cities for Renters to Live in 2023: Charleston Ranks 1st, South Dominates List

South Carolina’s Charleston ranks first among the best cities for renters to live in 2023, followed by Plano, TX, and…

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June Rental Activity Report: Kansas City Is Most In-Demand City, With Suburb Overland Park Coming in 2nd

The top four most popular cities for renters as found in our June Rental Activity Report are in the Midwest….