SFR Rent Growth Decreases But Don’t Panic

By Amy Wolff Sorter

Recently released information indicates that annual rent growth for single-family homes decreased slightly. But given fundamentals, renter households won’t likely convert to homeownership any time soon.

Yardi Matrix’s National Multifamily Report covering October 2022 indicated that national asking rents for single-family rentals increased by 6.6% year over year. However, the number indicated a 160 basis point decrease from September 2022. The average national SFR asking rent remained steady at $2,088. “Rents have flattened out in recent months after a period of explosive rent growth that ran between 2020 and earlier this year,” the report said.

Meanwhile, CoreLogic’s Single-Family Rent Index, which analyzes single-family rent changes nationally, reported that rents increased by 10.2% year over year in September 2022, a decrease from April 2022’s 13.9% increase. Additionally, the September rent growth “was slightly below that of September 2021,” according to CoreLogic.

Yardi Matrix nor CoreLogic suggested that current SFR slowing rent growth is anything to panic about. “(It) remained at more than twice the pre-pandemic growth rate,” said Molly Boesel, principal economist at CoreLogic. “High mortgage interest rates may be causing potential homebuyers to hit pause and remain renters, keeping pressure on rent prices.”

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