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U.S. Sees Increases in Rent, Mortgages

Monthly listed rents in the U.S. increased 15.2% year over year to $1,891 in January, according to a new report from Redfin. This was the largest annual jump since at least February 2020 and represents a $14 increase in rent since December 2021. 

Meanwhile, the national median mortgage payment for homebuyers climbed 25% year over year to $1,595. This also represents the largest increase the metric has seen since Redfin began collecting data in February 2019. 

“Moving right now is expensive, whether you’re renting or buying,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “One of the only ways to avoid high housing costs is to move somewhere cheaper, but the list of places that are truly inexpensive is shrinking. Rising mortgage rates are squeezing more Americans out of the for-sale market, which will likely put increasing pressure on rents in the coming months.” 

Fairweather noted that year over year, rent increases outpaced mortgage- payment increases for new homebuyers have increased in 13 of the top 50 metropolitan areas last month. 

All of the top 10 metros Saw rets increase by at least 30%year over year last month and were primarily located in a costal area. They were: 

  • Portland, Oregon (39%) 
  • Austin, Texas (35%) 
  • Newark, New Jersey (33%) 
  • Nassau County, New York (33%) 
  • New York, New York (33%) 
  • New Brunswick, New Jersey (33%) 
  • Tampa, Florida (31%) 
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida (31%) 
  • West Palm Beach, Florida (31%) 
  • Miami, Florida (31%) 

Only two metros saw rents fall in December from the same month a year earlier— Kansas City, Missouri and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, both fell by 4%. 

To read the full reports inducing charts, additional data land methodology click here. 

About Author: Kyle G. Horst

Kyle Horst
Kyle G. Horst is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he has worked for a number of daily, weekly, and monthly publications in South Dakota and Texas. With more than 10 years of experience in community journalism, he has won a number of state, national, and international awards for his writing and photography. He most recently worked as editor of Community Impact Newspaper covering a number of Dallas-Ft. Worth communities on a hyperlocal level. Contact Kyle G. at [email protected]
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