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Where Did Rents Increase the Most in 2020? Here’s What You Missed on BPInsights

Dave Meyer
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Where Did Rents Increase the Most in 2020? Here’s What You Missed on BPInsights

One of the biggest real estate stories to come out of COVID-19 is what many are calling a “mass exodus” from expensive urban centers. In places like San Francisco and New York City, the kinds of renters who were forking over $2,000 a month for a cramped one-bedroom have moved to greener pastures—often literally—packing up their tiny apartment in favor of more affordable living with room to spread out.

Where did rents increase the most in 2020?

Across the country, demand for multifamily rentals has fallen—especially in buildings with shared elevators. According to a recent Realtor.com report, rents for one-bedroom apartments were falling year-over-year in 37 of the 100 largest counties in the United States.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for landlords right now. Nationally, the market for single-family rentals with outdoor space has soared, and in some cities rental prices have actually increased since the start of the pandemic.

“In rental housing, we are seeing a shift away from high-cost urban downtowns toward suburbs and affordable mid-sized towns,” says George Ratiu, senior economist for Realtor.com. “For many renters, proximity to a large employment center remains important. However, remote work has extended the commute circle outward from the city center to a one–to-two-hour distance. For example, while San Francisco has topped Realtor.com’s list of steepest rent declines, Sacramento and Fresno have experienced rent growth.”

From more affordable metros and Sunbelt cities to popular big towns across—normally pretty warm—Texas, here’s where rents have gone up since the start of the pandemic.

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What makes these cities so special? Find out at BPInsights.

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