- The national average rent reached $1,442 in May 2019, a year-over-year increase of 2.5%, according to data from Yardi Matrix.
- Mill Creek, WA renters saw the highest monthly rent increase in May, reaching $1,743 per month.
- Bellevue, WA apartments are the most expensive among the cities analyzed, while apartments in Fircrest, WA have the cheapest rents.
Apartment rents increase by 2.5% as the prime rental season kicks off
Average rent prices went up by 2.5% year-over-year in May and reached a $1,442 monthly average. Nationally, rents maintain a strong month-over-month growth, but the annual increase is the slowest we’ve seen in 18 months. Residential rents are rising steadily across cities, with the third month in a row sprouting a 0.3% month-over-month jump. Compared to last May, renters pay $35 more on average, according to the latest Yardi Matrix data on apartment market trends.
Renting in the Seattle Metro Area in May 2019
The average rent in Seattle Metro’s largest cities is generally higher than the national average rent. The fastest growing rents in May were in Mill Creek, WA, where rental apartment prices increased by 2% month over month, $35 more per month. Mukilteo apartments saw the second highest monthly increase, jumping by 1.9%, $31 more expensive than last month. The slowest rising rents were in Fife, where prices dropped by 0.1% ($1) compared to April.
Of the cities analyzed, Bellevue apartments are the most expensive for renters, with an average rent of $2,228, followed by Mercer Island, where the average monthly rent is $2,219. On the other hand, the cheapest city to rent an apartment of the cities analyzed is Fircrest, with an average apartment rent of $1,141.
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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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