Friday, October 13, 2006

Rental Market Heating Up WSJ Article

Bidding War May Be Moving to Rental Front

The country's apartment sector is seeing more bidding wars as tenants jockey for available rental units in increasingly tight markets.

Nationwide, rent for a 1,000-square-foot apartment has risen 3.7 percent in the last year to $1,389 a month, says Property & Portfolio Research Inc.

One of the main reasons for climbing rents is the reduced inventory of units, created in part by developers that built condos or converted rental stock into for-sale units during the home sale boom.

In the second quarter of this year, rental vacancy rates fell to 5.3 percent from 6.2 percent in the year-earlier period. This has produced what is known as a "landlord's market," with companies like AvalonBay Communities Inc. raising their asking prices and cutting concessions for incentives like a free month's rent.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Christine Haughney (10/11/06)