About Us

The RENTCafé Blog is your trusted source of information on everything apartment-related. In our stories we convey relevant stats about the pulse of the local markets as well as the national and state level dynamics. Our monthly apartment market reports bring you up to speed on the latest trends, our research reports dissect timely housing-related phenomena that affect your daily life, and the lifestyle stories on the blog offer an extensive supply of pro tips for renting.

The in-house team of analysts and writers at RENTCafé does the legwork, so you can get your daily dose of apartment news in a clear and easy-to-read form. Our studies are based on trusted market intelligence sources such as Yardi Matrix, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other public – government and third-party – databases.

Our Data and Methodology

The data on average rents included in our reports and articles comes directly from competitively-rented (market-rate) large-scale multifamily properties (50+ units in size), in over 130 markets across the U.S., 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. All other data used in our stories comes from public government or trusted third-party databases and is the most current available at the time of publication.

Contact Us

For any media, press, and blog related inquiries, please contact our team via:

Email: media@rentcafe.com
Facebook: RENTCafé
Twitter: RENTCafé
Address: 430 S Fairview Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Meet our writers

Sanziana Bona

Sanziana Bona is a creative writer and researcher for RENTCafé, with a strong passion for the dynamic real estate market, covering topics from lifestyle to market trends. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Michigan State University, a LL.M. in International Business Law, Contracting and International Relations, from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía. You can connect with Sanziana via email.
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Sanziana’s work has been featured in CNBC, CBS News, NBC New York, The Press Democrat, Wolf Street and The Registry San Francisco, among others. Prior to joining the RENTCafé team, she wrote extensive analysis papers on world topics such as human rights violations, international laws, and world conflicts, as well as arts literature, in both English and Spanish.

Alexandra Ciuntu

Alexandra Ciuntu is a creative writer and researcher for RENTCafé. With a background in e-learning content writing and a passion for knowledge-sharing platforms, she has previously covered topics from prop-tech to renters insurance. She now enjoys researching and writing about the renting lifestyle, renter demographic shifts, and residential real estate market trends and news. You can connect with Alexandra via email.
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Alexandra’s work includes collaborations with financial and business publications. Her articles have been featured in several national and international online publications, including the New York Times, Barrons, Inman, Marketwatch, Bisnow, Curbed, and MSN.com. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Japanese and English and an M.A. in Journalism and Cultural Studies.

Irina Lupa

Irina Lupa is a creative writer for RENTCafé, where she covers market trends and topics relevant to today’s renters. Before developing a passion for real estate, she focused on fields ranging from automotive electronics to digital business development, where she wrote tech news from a critical perspective. Irina holds a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication. You can connect with Irina via email.
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Irina discovered her passion for writing while studying Media Theory and Media Psychology. She wrote several research papers exploring how journalists produce media and how audiences interpret it. Before joining the RENTCafé team, Irina wrote articles, reports, and e-books for several publications in a variety of industries, including film and theater reviews, educational materials for startups, app industry insights, business development content, and pieces focused on the automotive electronics sector. She also has experience in digital content strategy and management.

Florentina Sarac

Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news, multifamily construction, homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance, and business. With a 7-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive, and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email.
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Florentina’s work and expertise have been featured in several major U.S. and international publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bisnow, The Mercury News, Curbed, The NY Post, CBS News, Business Insider, and Realtor.com. She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish, as well as an M.A. in Multilingual and Multicultural Communication, which serve as a testament to her love of literature and language.

RENTCafé in the News

RENTCafé has been empowering local and national journalists & bloggers with exclusive real estate research, analyses, and eye-grabbing visuals. Here are just a few of our most recent media mentions:

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