- The national average rent went up by 3.2% in the past year but dipped by 0.1% month-over-month, reaching $1,471 in September according to data from Yardi Matrix.
- Mukilteo, WA renters saw the highest monthly rent increase in September, with the average rate reaching $1,840 per month.
- Issaquah apartments are the most expensive, while apartments in Lakewood have the cheapest rents.
The first monthly decline in over two years brings the U.S. average rent down to $1,471
As part of a seasonal respite, the national average rent decreased for the first time since February 2017, dipping by -0.1% ($1) from last month to $1,471. The decrease might seem insignificant, but coupled with the slowest year-over-year hike in the past 13 months, 3.2% ($45), it points to a slight wind-down in rent prices in the context of a more volatile financial climate, according to Yardi Matrix.
Renting in Seattle Metro in September 2019
The average rent in Seattle Metro cities is generally higher than the national average rent. The fastest growing rents in September were in Mukilteo, where rental apartment prices increased by 1.4% month over month, or $25. Mercer Island and Mill Creek apartments saw the second highest monthly increase, jumping by 1.3%, making them $30 and $24, respectively, more expensive than last month. In Des Moines, prices decreased by 1.6% ($22) compared to August.
Issaquah apartments are the state’s most expensive for renters, with an average rent of $2,312, followed by apartments in Bellevue, where the average monthly rent is $2,311. On the other hand, the cheapest city to rent an apartment of the cities analyzed is Lakewood, with an average apartment rent of $1,200.
To compare the rental market in Seattle Metro with other cities in the U.S., you can also check our national September rent report.
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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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