Chart of the Day: Twin Cities Rents, January 2016

Via ABODO, an apartment hunting service, here’s a chart/map thing showing changes in rent prices from different US cities. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are both in the list of leading decliners:


It’s a “small sample size” to be sure, but here’s what the ABODO blog has to say:

Two questions facing the rental industry are – how much longer that building boom will continue, and will eager developers deliver more supply than the market can absorb? Generally, the answers to those questions varies on a case-by-case basis and requires drilling down into the unique dynamics of each market or submarket. However, there are some signs emerging that developers may need to pull back on the reins in some metros. The new supply may be getting slightly ahead of demand as evidenced by vacancies that edged slightly higher in fourth quarter to 4.4%, according to Reis Inc. Student housing rents in some high growth metros, such as Minneapolis and Denver, also dipped slightly lower in January, according to ABODO. That decline could likely be attributed to a short-term impact from the lease-up that is occurring among the newly completed projects in those markets.

The impact on the overall market is something to keep in mind when you glance up at new construction.

Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.