Seattle Metro Rent Report – June 2019

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  • The U.S. average rent increased by 3.2% ($45) year over year reaching $1,465 in June 2019, up by 0.8% ($12) month over month, according to Yardi Matrix data.
  • Tukwila, WA renters saw the highest monthly rent increase in June, reaching $1,557 per month. 
  • Bellevue, WA apartments are the most expensive among the cities analyzed, while apartments in Lakewood, WA have the cheapest rents. 

Mid-year national average rent sees a spike as peak rental season is in full effect

In true seasonality fashion, June brings rent increases consistent with the end of the second quarter. Nationally, average rent prices reached $1,465 following a 3.2% annual increase and up 0.8% since last month — the highest monthly jump since May 2018. Compared to last June, renters pay $45 more on average according to the latest rent survey from Yardi Matrix.

Since the beginning of the year, apartment rents have increased by 2.6% – that’s an extra $37 added to the average monthly rent in six months. Rent increases during the first half of the year are typically more accelerated, whereas during the second half of the year they’re expected to slow down, a typical pattern confirmed by rent evolution in the past years.

Renting in the Seattle Metro Area in June 2019

The average rent in Seattle Metro’s largest cities is generally higher than the national average rent. The fastest growing rents in June were in Tukwila, WA, where rental apartment prices increased by 7.7% month over month, $111 more per month. Mukilteo apartments saw the second-highest monthly increase, jumping by 4.9%, $86 more expensive than last month. The slowest rising rents were in Lakewood, where prices increased by 0.4% ($5) compared to May.

Of the cities analyzed, Bellevue apartments are the most expensive for renters, with an average rent of $2,322, followed by Issaquah, where the average monthly rent is $2,305. On the other hand, the cheapest city to rent an apartment of the ones analyzed is Lakewood, with an average apartment rent of $1,199.

Mid-year rent changes in Seattle Metro

In the first half of the year, there has been an increase in average rent in almost all of the cities in the Seattle Metro area. The highest increase in rent can be seen in Mukilteo, where average rent went up by 10.9%, or $181. Following closely behind is Redmond with a 8.2% increase in the first months of 2019, a value amount of $165. A decrease in average rent over this time period can be seen in Mercer Island, with rent being 0.04%, or $1, less.

To compare the rental market in Seattle Metro with other parts of the U.S., you can also check our national rent report.

Methodology is a nationwide apartment search website that enables renters to easily find apartments and houses for rent throughout the United States.

The data on average rents included in our reports comes directly from competitively-rented (market-rate) large-scale multifamily properties (50+ units in size), via telephone survey. The data is compiled and reported by our sister company Yardi Matrix, a business development and asset management tool for brokers, sponsors, banks and equity sources underwriting investments in the multifamily, office, industrial and self-storage sectors. Fully-affordable properties are not included in the survey and are not reported in rental rate averages. Local rent reports include only cities with a statistically-relevant stock of large-scale multifamily properties of 50+ units.

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Sanziana Bona is a content marketing writer for Yardi Corom, a cloud-based software solution designed for commercial tenants and corporate occupiers and Yardi Kube, an all-in-one coworking management platform. She covers many commercial real estate related topics including FASB/IFRS compliance, lease accounting, coworking and flexile spaces, and more. You can connect with Sanziana via email.

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