Effective rents, or what tenants actually pay, increased in 75 of the 82 markets Reis tracks, to an average $991 a month from $967 a year earlier and $986 in the fourth quarter. Landlords’ asking rents also climbed, to $1,047 from $1,027 a year earlier and $1,043 in the previous quarter, according to the report.
San Jose, California, had the most growth in effective rents during the past year, with 5.2 percent, followed by suburban Virginia and New York City, according to Reis. Effective rents declined 1.5 percent in Las Vegas during the year and grew the least in Orlando, Florida; and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Rents have been slowly recovering the last year, after the economic shocks of the credit crisis. People, moved back into parents house and more people started sharing apartments and houses in the last few years as people where thrown out of jobs due to the after effects of the financial actions by large financial institutions. Slowly the economy has been recovering and jobs have been slowly growing and as a result the rental market has been strengthening .
Also the decline in construction the last few years has decreased the normal addition to supply. At the same time the population has continued growing. Some areas of the country seem to still have a large overcapacity in housing but areas that are adding jobs (such as Northern Virginia and New York City) are seeing increasing rents.
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