Average NYC rent breaks $3,000 barrier for the first time

July 09, 2013 08:30AM

New York City’s average rental rate inched past the $3,000 mark for the first time in the second quarter, according to New Market Data Reviewed By The Wall Street Journal.

Rents in the city – excluding Staten Island – rose 1 percent from the first quarter to $3,017, the highest in the country and nearly $2,000 more than the national average of $1,062, according to data from real estate research firm Reis.

In comparison, Long Island’s monthly average rent is $1,614 and New Haven, Conn., comes in at $1,139.

The rental hikes stem from an extremely tight inventory. The numbers show a vacancy rate of  2 percent; the national average is 4.3 percent.

On the upside, more than 20,000 units are expected to hit the market in New York City and its suburbs by 2015, Luis Mejia, CoStar Group’s director of multifamily research, told the Journal.

The current shortage  has led brokers to advise clients to act quickly and to carry their financial paperwork on apartment tours so they can make a deal on the spot.

“I take them to show another property, [and] we’re wondering if it won’t be rented by the time we get back,” Ed Azrilyan, owner of Chartwell F.H. Realty in Queens, told the Journal. “There’s no time to mull things over in this hot rental market.” [WSJ]Hiten Samtani