The time is now to evaluate the rent vs buy scenario or invest in a rental property.

According to industry reports, the rental market set new records in June as the national annual effective rent growth rate reached 5.1%, a 47-month high for the national apartment market and continued a streak of 5.0%-plus rent growth that is the longest in at least six years, according to Axiometrics,.

  • Though effective rent growth was also 5.1% in April and February, the June rate was the highest when extended to two decimal points (5.11%), and is the highest rate since the 5.3% of July 2011.
  • Effective rent growth has reached at least 5.0% for five straight months, the longest such streak since Axiometrics started monthly reporting of annual apartment data in April 2009.

“Rent growth is just shy of the post-recession peak, and the June metrics reflect the continued strength of the apartment market,” said Stephanie McCleskey, Axiometrics vice president of research. “The demand for apartments is still strong, despite the record number of new units being delivered this year.”

  • June’s national annual effective rent growth rate was 9 basis points (bps) higher than May’s 5.0% and 143-bps above the 3.7% of June 2014.
  • National year-to-date (YTD) effective rent growth reached 4.7% in June. This was the third month that 2015 monthly YTD rent growth rates outperformed all post-recession counterparts.
  • YTD rent growth for apartment REITs was 7.3%, far surpassing the next-highest post-recession year.

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