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Daily Real Estate News  |  April 22, 2008  |   Rental Demand Pushes Rates Up
It’s getting harder for renters to find an affordable place to live with rents rising and availability falling.

The median asking rate for rentals has jumped 14 percent, from $591 a month during the fourth quarter of 2003 to $673 a month in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Vacancy rates are down from last year, and average rent is projected to rise 5.3 percent in 2008, up from a 3.1 percent increase in 2007, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSŪ.

"We've seen demand for rental housing go up," says Mark Obrinsky, chief economist at the National Multi Housing Council. "The ownership side is retrenching, and we're seeing the demand going to the rental side. There's a lot of hesitancy to buy. Others can't get (financing), so they're remaining renters longer."

Here are median rents for the first quarter of 2008 in 12 major metropolitan areas:

Atlanta: $986
Austin: $907
Boston: $1,645
Chicago: $1,355
Las Vegas: $1,056
Los Angeles: $1,699
Miami: $1,368
New York: $1,751
Phoenix: $939
San Francisco: $1,810
Seattle: $1,211
Washington D.C.: $1,687

Source: Rentometer and USA Today, Mark W. Williams (04/22/2008)

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