Single-family rent growth in the United States has slowed to a 3-year low, according to a recent analysis from CoreLogic. Of course, this is a welcome sign for renters, who have been facing significant rent increases in recent years. The CoreLogic Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI) showed that rents for single-family homes increased by 3.1% year-over-year in July 2023. This is down from 14.2% growth in the same month in 2022. With this said, rental prices would not be able to sustain their dramatic growth of recent years, particularly given the current overall economic headwinds. With a nation already hamstrung by out-of-control inflation, it is not surprising to see rental prices moderate. So what else could be causing this moderation in prices? We discuss below.
Reasons for the slowdown in single-family rent prices
- Rising interest rates: Interest rates have been rising steadily in recent months, making it more expensive to borrow money to buy a home. This has led to a decrease in demand for homes, which has put downward pressure on rents.
- Increased supply of rental units: The number of rental units available in the market has increased in recent months. This is due to a number of factors, including investors selling off rental properties and homeowners renting out their homes due to financial reasons.
- Economic uncertainty: The US economy is currently facing a number of challenges, including high inflation and the ongoing war in Ukraine. This uncertainty is leading some people to be more cautious about their spending, including on housing.
For renters, the slowdown in rental prices is certainly welcomed news. Although rental prices are still high overall in certain locations throughout the country, tenants should have more room for negotiating. As for landlords, it is important to ensure that your properties are in top shape given the more competitive market. In addition, it is important to be flexible with your price and possibly other terms and conditions. Nationwide, single-family rent growth has now reverted to its long-term average of about 3%. In South Florida, it is expected that the demand for rental housing will remain strong even as prices may soften some.
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