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Investor Impact: Record Rent Price Growth for Single-Family Homes

CoreLogic released its latest Single-Family Rent Index, which analyzes single-family rent price changes nationally and across major metro areas. November 2021 data 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.” 

CoreLogic examines four tiers to display single-family rent prices. National single-family rent growth across the four tiers, and the year-over-year changes were: 

  • 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 

Among the 20 metro areas shown in Table 1, 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. 

CoreLogic also examines single-family rent growth by property type as shown in Figure 3. 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.  

The next CoreLogic Single-Family Rent Index will be released on February 15, 2022, featuring data for December 2021. For ongoing housing trends and data, visit the CoreLogic Intelligence Blog here. 

About Author: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport, with more than six years of writing experience. She has served as 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, Pac-12 Conferences, the Women in Dallas Film Festival, to freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, she is an avid jazz lover and reader. She can be reached at [email protected]
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