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SFR Growth Experiences 15th Consecutive Month of Deceleration

CoreLogic has released its latest Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI), which showed U.S. rent growth continued to relax year-over-year in July, falling to 3.1%—but still in line with the historic average recorded before 2020.

More affordable areas of the country, such as St. Louis and Chicago, are gaining popularity with renters, posting annual growth that outpaces the national average. Meanwhile, some Sun Belt markets that saw high rental gains a year ago are now near the bottom of the list for appreciation.

“While U.S. single-family rent growth has now reverted to its long-term average of about 3%, three U.S. metros recorded annual cost decreases in July,” said Molly Boesel, Principal Economist for CoreLogic. “However, because the SFRI peaked in these metros in July 2022, the annual decreases represent a plateauing of costs rather than larger weaknesses in single-family rental markets.”

U.S. single-family rent changes by price tier, 2005-2023.

To gain a detailed view of single-family rental prices across different market segments, CoreLogic examined four tiers of rental prices and two property-type tiers.

National single-family rent growth across those tiers, and the year-over-year changes, were:

  • Lower-priced (75% or less than the regional median): up 4.6%, down from 13.8% in July 2022
  • Lower-middle priced (75% to 100% of the regional median): up 3.7%, down from 13.6% in July 2022
  • Higher-middle priced (100% to 125% of the regional median): up 2.9%, down from 13.3% in July 2022
  • Higher-priced (125% or more than the regional median): up 2.3%, down from 11.1% in July 2022
  • Attached versus detached: Attached single-family rental prices grew by 3.8% year-over-year in July, compared with the 2.4% increase for detached rentals.

“But even with the small annual decreases in rent growth,” said Boesel, “the gains of the past few years are unlikely to be totally erased in the near future. For example, Miami recorded a 0.6% decline in annual rent growth in July 2023, but the gain since July 2020 has registered 55%.”

U.S. annual changes in single-family-rents in July 2023, 20 tracked metro areas

Top 10 Markets With the Highest YoY Rent Price Increases:

  1. St. Louis
  2. Chicago
  3. Boston
  4. San Diego
  5. New York
  6. Orlando, FL
  7. Charlotte, NC
  8. Urban Honolulu, HI
  9. Houston
  10. Los Angeles

St. Louis posted the highest year-over-year increase in single-family rents in July 2023, at 7.3%. Chicago registered the second-highest annual gain at 6.3%, followed by Boston and San Diego (both 5.7%). Las Vegas (-1%),  Miami (-0.6%), and Austin, Texas (-0.5%) saw slight year-over-year rental cost decreases.

The next CoreLogic Single-Family Rent Index will be released on October 17, 2023, featuring data for August 2023.

To read the full report, including more data, charts, and methodology, click here.

About Author: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport magazines with more than eight years of writing experience. She has served as content coordinator and copy editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register, in addition to 11 other Southern California publications. A former editor-in-chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington, she has covered events such as the Byron Nelson and Pac-12 Conferences, progressing into her freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, Lester is an avid jazz lover and likes to read. She can be reached at [email protected].

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