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Upstate New York Rent Report – May 2019

  • The national average rent reached $1,442 in May 2019, a year-over-year increase of 2.5%, according to data from Yardi Matrix.
  • Syracuse, NY renters saw the highest monthly rent increase in May, reaching $1,120 per month. 
  • White Plains, NY apartments are the most expensive among the cities analyzed, while apartments in Cheektowaga, NY 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 Upstate New York in May 2019

The average rent in Upstate New York’s largest cities is generally lower than the national average rent. The fastest growing rents in May were in Syracuse, where rental apartment prices increased by 1.4% month over month, $15 more per month. West Babylon apartments saw the second highest monthly increase, jumping by 1.3%, $23 more expensive than last month. The slowest rising rents were in Tonawanda, where prices dropped by 0.6% ($6) compared to April.

Of the cities analyzed, White Plains apartments are the most expensive for renters, with an average rent of $2,792, followed by Coram, where the average monthly rent is $2,167. On the other hand, the cheapest city to rent an apartment of the cities analyzed is Cheektowaga, with an average apartment rent of $860.

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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Alexandra Ciuntu
Alexandra Ciuntu
Alexandra is a creative writer and researcher for RentCafe. With a background in e-learning content writing and a passion for knowledge-sharing platforms, she's covered topics from prop-tech to renters insurance to interior design tips. Very familiar with the renter lifestyle herself, Alexandra enjoys researching and writing about renter demographic shifts and residential real estate market trends as much as she loves writing about how to get along with roommates. You can connect with Alexandra via email. 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, Forbes, Architectural Digest, Marketwatch, Bisnow, and Curbed. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Japanese and English and an M.A. in Journalism and Cultural Studies.

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