IRVINE, Calif.

CoreLogic Reports Narrowest Gap in Rent Growth Between Low- and High-End Rentals Since 2014


—U.S. single-family rent prices increased 3.1% year over year in
October 2019—

  • Phoenix had the highest year-over-year rent price increase at 6.8%
  • Low-end rent prices were up 3.6%, compared to high-end price gains of 2.9%

CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its latest Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI), which analyzes single-family rent price changes nationally and among 20 metropolitan areas. Data collected for October 2019 shows a national rent increase of 3.1% year over year, compared to 2.9% in October 2018.

fig-1: National single Family Rent Index Year Over Year Percent Change By Price Tier

Low rental home inventory, relative to demand, fuels the growth of single-family rent prices. The SFRI shows single-family rent prices have climbed between 2010 and 2019. However, overall year-over-year rent price increases have slowed since February 2016, when they peaked at 4%, and have stabilized around 3% since early 2019.

October marked the 66th consecutive month in which low-end rentals propped up national rent growth. Rent prices among this tier, defined as properties with rent prices less than 75% of the regional median, increased 3.6% year over year in October 2019, down from a gain of 3.8% in October 2018. Meanwhile, high-end rentals, defined as properties with rent prices greater than 125% of a region’s median rent, increased 2.9% in October 2019, up from a gain of 2.5% in October 2018.

Table-1:single family rent change for select geographical areas

Among the 20 metro areas shown in Table 1, and for the 11th consecutive month, Phoenix had the highest year-over-year increase in single-family rents in October 2019 at 6.8% (compared to October 2018). Seattle outpaced Las Vegas for the second-highest rent price growth in October 2019 with gains of 5.8% and 5.4%, respectively, while Miami experienced the lowest rent increases of all analyzed metros at 1%.

fig-2 Single Family Rent Index Year Over Year Percent Change in 20 Markets

Metro areas with limited new construction, low rental vacancies and strong local economies that attract new employees tend to have stronger rent growth. Phoenix and Seattle experienced high year-over-year rent growth in October, driven by the annual employment growth of 2.6% and 2.9%, respectively. This is compared with the national employment growth average of 1.4%, according to data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Increases in low-end rent prices have outpaced those on the high end for more than five years as newly-formed households push up demand for entry-level rentals,” said Molly Boesel, principal economist at CoreLogic. “However, high-end rents gained momentum for the sixth consecutive month in October 2019, while low-end rates slowed for the first time in roughly five months – resulting in the narrowest gap in rent growth for these price tiers since 2014.”

Methodology

The single-family rental market accounts for half of the rental housing stock, yet unlike the multifamily market, which has many different sources of rent data, there are minimal quality adjusted single-family rent transaction data. The CoreLogic Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI) serves to fill that void by applying a repeat pairing methodology to single-family rental listing data in the Multiple Listing Service. CoreLogic constructed the SFRI for over 80 metropolitan areas —including 45 metros with four value tiers—and a national composite index.

Source: CoreLogic

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