South Florida apartment rents increasing faster than most of U.S.

Rental growth was fueled by the housing bust
Rental growth was fueled by the housing bust

Apartment rents are increasing in South Florida at a quicker pace than most of the country’s biggest metro areas.

In the third quarter, Palm Beach rents rose 5.3 percent from the same time in 2013, placing the county ninth among the 50 biggest metro areas, according to MPF Research. During the same period, Broward rents grew 4.4 percent, a 13th nationally.

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The housing bust created growth in apartment rentals as owners began renting out units in large numbers.

The country’s rent growth was led by Oakland, Calif., with 9.1 percent; the national average is 3.7 percent. The continuing recovery of the housing market is expected to reduce demand for rentals, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

However, rentals are expected to remain popular with millennials. Jay Parsons, MPF’s director of analytics and forecasts, said to the paper: “It’s certainly not going to knock it off a cliff.” [South Florida Sun Sentinel] — Chris Guanche

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