Seattle Metro Rent Report – October 2019

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  • The national average rent went up by 3.2% in the past year and 0.1% month-over-month, reaching $1,476 in October, according to data from Yardi Matrix.
  • University Place, WA renters saw the highest monthly rent increase in October, with the average rate reaching $1,277 per month. 
  • Mercer Island apartments are the most expensive, while apartments in Lakewood have the cheapest rents. 

The national average rent reaches $1,476 per month in October, up by 0.1%

A sluggish fall rental season has the average national rent at $1,476, following a 3.2% ($46) annual increase. Typical for this time of the year, fewer people are moving into new apartments. The national average rent inched up just 0.1% ($1) in October, with apartment rates essentially flat for the past few months.

Renting in Seattle Metro in October 2019

The average rent in Seattle Metro cities is generally higher than the national average rent. The fastest growing rents in October were in University Place, where rental apartment prices increased by 1.3% month over month, or $17. Lakewood apartments saw the second highest monthly increase, jumping by 1.1%, making them $13 more expensive than last month. In Mukilteo, prices decreased by 2.1% ($36) compared to September.

Mercer Island apartments are the state’s most expensive for renters, with an average rent of $2,253, followed by apartments in Issaquah, where the average monthly rent is $2,243. On the other hand, the cheapest city to rent an apartment of the cities analyzed is Lakewood, with an average apartment rent of $1,249.

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

Methodology

RentCafe.com 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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