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Wisconsin Rent Report – August 2019

  • The national average rent reached $1,472 in August, up by 3.3% ($47) year-over-year, and 0.1% ($2) month-over-month, according to data from Yardi Matrix.
  • West Allis, WI renters saw the highest annual rent increase in August, with the average rate reaching $1,044 per month. 
  • Brookfield apartments are the most expensive among the state’s largest cities, while apartments in Racine have the cheapest rents. 

The national average rent ends the peak season at $1,472

Continued interest in rental apartments and slowing construction keeps the national average rent on a strong upward trend, with a yearly increase of 3.3% ($47), having reached $1,472 in August, according to the latest survey from Yardi Matrix. With the peak rental season coming to an end, rent prices dwindled in the past month, displaying the slowest rise since February, 0.1% ($2). Rates rose slower than they did in August last year, exhibiting a shy monthly uptick commonly seen during the sluggish Autumn-Winter season.

Renting in Wisconsin in August 2019

The average rent in Wisconsin cities is generally lower than the national average rent. The fastest-growing rents in August were in West Allis, where rental apartment prices increased by 13.2% year over year, $122 more since last year. Greenfield apartments saw the second highest annual increase, jumping by 6.1%, making them $61 more expensive than last year. The slowest rising rents were in Verona, where prices increased by 1.6% ($20) compared to August last year.

Brookfield apartments are the state’s most expensive for renters, with an average rent of $1,537, followed by apartments in Wauwatosa, where the average monthly rent is $1,372. On the other hand, the cheapest city to rent an apartment of the cities analyzed is Racine, with an average apartment rent of $816.

To compare the rental market in Wisconsin with other cities in the U.S., you can also check our national August 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 Bonahttps://www.rentcafe.com
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. 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.

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