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Year-over-year Pace of Rent Increases Continues to Slow

by Calculated Risk on 10/31/2022 09:52:00 AM

Today, in the Calculated Risk Real Estate Newsletter: Year-over-year Pace of Rent Increases Continues to Slow

A brief excerpt:

Here is a graph of the year-over-year (YoY) change for these measures since January 2015. All of these measures are through September 2022 (Apartment List through October 2022).

Note that new lease measures (Zillow, Apartment List) dipped early in the pandemic, whereas the BLS measures were steady. Then new leases took off, and the BLS measures are picking up.

The Zillow measure is up 10.8% YoY in September, down from 12.3% YoY in August. This is down from a peak of 17.2% YoY in February.

The ApartmentList measure is up 5.9% YoY as of October, down from 7.5% in September. This is down from the peak of 18.0% YoY last November.

Rents are still increasing YoY, and we should expect this to continue to spill over into measures of inflation. The Owners’ Equivalent Rent (OER) was up 6.7% YoY in September, from 6.3% YoY in August – and will likely increase further in the coming months even as rents slow sharply.

My suspicion is rent increases will slow further over the coming months as the pace of household formation slows, and more supply comes on the market. Housing economist Tom Lawler recently wrote: “An actual decline in rents next year would be a reasonable base case”

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