U.S. Home Rent Prices Jumped 11.5 Percent Annually in November

U.S. Home Rent Prices Jumped 11.5 Percent Annually in November

Residential News » Irvine Edition | By Michael Gerrity | January 17, 2022 8:45 AM ET

According to CoreLogic's Single-Family Rent Index for November 2021 shows a national rent increase of 11.5% year over year, up 3.8% from November 2020.

Annual rent price growth has continued to double and even triple in the last several months. This rapid acceleration in rent growth has added to the heightened concerns around inflation for both consumers and federal and local governments. The impact will likely continue to put upward pressure on inflation over the coming year as rent growth is fully reflected in the inflation measure.

"Improvements in the economy and job market have helped push single-family rent growth to record levels," said Molly Boesel, principal economist at CoreLogic. "However, rapid increases in single-family rents, especially for lower-priced properties, have led to a continued erosion of affordability."

To gain a detailed view of single-family rental prices, CoreLogic examines four tiers of rental prices. National single-family rent growth across the four tiers, and the year-over-year changes, were as follows:

  • Lower-priced (75% or less than the regional median): 10.4%, up from 3.1% in November 2020
  • Lower-middle priced (75% to 100% of the regional median): 11.3%, up from 3.3% in November 2020
  • Higher-middle priced (100% to 125% of the regional median): 12%, up from 3.8% in November 2020
  • Higher-priced (125% or more than the regional median): 11.7%, up from 4% in November 2020

Miami had the highest year-over-year increase in single-family rents in November 2021 at 33%, followed by Phoenix and Las Vegas at 19.4% and 16.7%, respectively. These major metros have continued to experience rapid growth year over year and month over month as unemployment continues to drop and traveling tourism returns. Meanwhile, Washington logged the lowest annual rent price growth at 5.4% in November.

Differences in rent growth by property type emerged after the pandemic as renters sought out standalone properties in lower density areas. Notably, rent growth has slowed in the recent month for detached single-family rentals and strengthened for attached single-family rentals.

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