Key Highlights

  • Tenants paying more in rent across nation’s 50 largest markets
  • Median asking rent increased +1.1 y/y in March

Days of Rent Discounts and Perks Are Over

March 2021 was the first month since the beginning of last summer that the pace of rent growth increased, according to a report from 

Landlords are no longer bending over backwards, offering discounts or doling out freebies to their existing and/or potential tenants just to fill empty rental houses, duplexes or apartment units.

Why? Here are just a couple of reasons:  historically low inventory of for-sale houses is leaving more people renting and expanding payrolls are bringing more people into urban areas for jobs.

Rent Increases Could Spur Inflation

The bottom line is that there is growing evidence that the economy is gaining strength.  Some analysts are predicting the US economy could grow approximately 7% in 2021

Since rental costs usually represent about one-third of the consumer-price index, rising rent costs in the coming months could spur rising inflation.

On the other hand, increasing rental costs could also become more difficult for and add to the already 1 in 6 tenants already in debt due to missed rent payments.

Rent Upticks Span All Income and Property Tiers

In upscale areas such as Greenwich CT and Marin County CA experiencing escalating for-sale home prices and little inventory, “…it’s creating opportunities on the rental side,” said Greenwich real-estate developer Eric Schwartz.

Owners of moderately priced middle-income apartment buildings in places as Chicago and Tampa, Karlin Conklin with Investors Management Groupsaid, “We’re raising rents, even on current residents, maybe +3% from the end of last year…and brand-new people are coming in the door.

Asking rents in lower-cost cities such as Richmond VA and New Orleans, rents have increased +10% or more in the past year, according to 

Signs of Turnaround Even in Hard-Hit San Francisco

Landlords/owners in San Francisco were pummeled by the pandemic. Double-digit percentages of rental declines and vacancies became the norm.

In March, however, rent in San Francisco rose +3.4% from February, according to the listings website ApartmentList.  This monthly rental increase was the largest in the city since the pandemic unleashed itself.

Fastest Re-Opening Cities Seeing Fastest Rent Rebounds

The faster more workers return to in-office work, the faster rents could rebound.

Greg Willett, chief economist with RealPage,a rental-property software firm, said, “The places that are reopening most quickly, like Florida and Texas…that’s where the demand is strongest.”


Thanks to, ApartmentList and Fox Business.

URGENT: 2021 Results Released. New FREE On-Line Web Event Reveals 17 Surprising Secrets Of The Top 100 Millionaire Agents. Get Your FREE Spot For The On-Line Webinar Now. When You Attend This Event You Will Have A Sense Of Relief Knowing You Can FINALLY Laugh At Your Money Worries – If You Follow This Simple Plan. Learn How To Generate 100’s of Motivated Leads Without Coming Off As A Pushy Salesperson and Losing Your Soul. Learn Now How To Become One of the 1000s of Agents Making HUGE Money NOW Who Never Thought They Could.

P.S. Limited Space Available. 235 Spots Left.

Claim Your FREE Real Estate Treasure Map!