Asking Prices and Rents Continue to Increase in Trulia Price Monitor

by Houston Agent


The latest Trulia Price Monitor reported promising increases for asking prices, but they pales in comparison to the surging increases in the Rent Monitor.

By Peter Ricci

Asking prices increased 0.7 percent from September to October in the latest Trulia Price Monitor, a survey of all the listings featured on the real estate syndication site.

In addition, prices rose 2.9 percent from October 2011; though the highest year-over-year gain to date for the Price Monitor, it could not quite match the numbers of the Trulia Rent Monitor, which found that asking rents continue to rise across the nation.

Trulia Price Monitor Increases, but Rents Talk of the Town

As Trulia has reported before, the nation’s multifamily housing sector continued to command higher and higher rents, even as asking prices increased for single-family housing:

  • Asking rents increased 5.1 percent for the nation’s largest metropolitan markets, with the largest increases coming from areas as diverse as Miami (10 percent) and Chicago (7.7 percent). Both paled in comparison to Houston, though, where rents rose an incredible 16.5 percent.
  • Asking prices in the Price Monitor were up 1.8 percent from the second quarter to the third quarter, and excluding foreclosures, they increased 3.6 percent year-over-year in October. Interestingly, though Chicago’s rental market surged in October, its asking prices faltered somewhat, falling 5.3 percent from last year.

Multifamily Housing – A Boon to Single-Family Real Estate?

Trulia’s Price Monitor and Rent Monitor are just the latest evidence of the booming multifamily housing sector, which, despite some contrary analysis, has shown little sign of slowing heading in to 2013.

Tom Huckabee, an agent with Keller Williams Realty in Conroe, said the rental market in his region is “skyrocketing,” to the point where the cheapest single-family rental in the area is $1,600 a month.

In fact, Huckabee said he just worked with a client who purchased a waterfront property in the Montgomery area – but with the sole intention of renting it out and collecting on the area’s increasing rental prices. And from where he stands, little will change in the coming months.

“Nothing is going to ease it,” he said, adding that with all the people flocking to the area for its strong job market, the demand is simply too high.

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