Single Family Rent Price Growth Triples Over Last Year in U.S.

Single Family Rent Price Growth Triples Over Last Year in U.S.

Residential News » Miami Edition | By Michael Gerrity | December 30, 2021 8:46 AM ET

Miami had the highest annual residential rent spike in the nation in October

Based on CoreLogic's latest Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI), which analyzes single-family rent price changes nationally and across major metropolitan areas, shows a national rent increase of 10.9% year over year, up from a 3.2% year-over-year increase in October 2020.

Rent prices continued their strong upward movement into the fourth quarter of the year as vacancy rates remained near 25-year lows. Tight inventory in the for-sale market has also displaced many potential buyers and forced more demand into single-family rentals as their next best option.

"Single-family rent growth hit its sixth consecutive record high in October 2021, mirroring record price increases in the for-sale housing market," said Molly Boesel, principal economist at CoreLogic. "Rent growth in October 2020 had already recovered from pre-pandemic lows and rent growth this October was more than three times that of a year earlier."

Among the top 20 U.S. metros, Miami had the highest year-over-year increase in single-family rents in October 2021 at 29.7%, followed by Phoenix and Las Vegas at 19.3% and 16.5%, respectively. These major metros have continued to experience rapid growth as tourism returns and local labor markets improve. While Chicago logged the lowest annual rent price growth at 4.2% in October, this is still more than double its pre-pandemic growth rate.

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): 9.5%, up from 2.8% in October 2020
  • Lower-middle priced (75% to 100% of the regional median): 10.1%, up from 2.8% in October 2020
  • Higher-middle priced (100% to 125% of the regional median): 11.3%, up from 3% in October 2020
  • Higher-priced (125% or more than the regional median): 11.4%, up from 3.5% in October 2020

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