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February 2019 Palm Desert Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 Palm Desert Rent Report. Palm Desert rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Palm Desert rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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February 2019 Palm Desert Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 Palm Desert Rent Report. Palm Desert rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Palm Desert rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Palm Desert rent trends were flat over the past month

Palm Desert rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased marginally by 0.6% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Palm Desert stand at $960 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,210 for a two-bedroom. Palm Desert's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.3%, but trails the national average of 1.0%.

    Rents rising across the Riverside Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Palm Desert, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Riverside metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Rancho Cucamonga has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.6%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,780, while one-bedrooms go for $1,420.
    • Over the past year, Indio has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.0%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,220, while one-bedrooms go for $970.
    • San Bernardino has the least expensive rents in the Riverside metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,060; rents decreased 0.4% over the past month but were up 0.8% over the past year.
    • Corona has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Riverside metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,200; rents fell 0.1% over the past month but rose 2.3% over the past year.

    Palm Desert rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have increased marginally in Palm Desert, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Palm Desert is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 0.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.8% in San Jose, 1.6% in San Diego, and 1.4% in Los Angeles.
    • Palm Desert's median two-bedroom rent of $1,210 is slightly above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 0.6% increase in Palm Desert.
    • While Palm Desert's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.6%), Austin (+3.3%), and Charlotte (+3.2%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Palm Desert than most large cities. For example, San Jose has a median 2BR rent of $2,620, which is more than twice the price in Palm Desert.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    Riverside
    $1,060
    $1,330
    0.1%
    1.5%
    San Bernardino
    $850
    $1,060
    -0.4%
    0.8%
    Fontana
    $1,060
    $1,320
    -0.6%
    0.2%
    Moreno Valley
    $1,370
    $1,710
    -0.1%
    0.7%
    Rancho Cucamonga
    $1,420
    $1,780
    0.2%
    3.6%
    Ontario
    $1,200
    $1,500
    0.5%
    1.9%
    Corona
    $1,760
    $2,200
    -0.1%
    2.3%
    Murrieta
    $1,390
    $1,740
    -0.2%
    0.9%
    Temecula
    $1,460
    $1,850
    0.1%
    -0.3%
    Indio
    $970
    $1,220
    -0.1%
    -1%
    Chino Hills
    $1,560
    $1,980
    -0.2%
    3.2%
    Upland
    $1,470
    $1,870
    -0.6%
    2.2%
    Redlands
    $910
    $1,140
    -0.2%
    1.1%
    Lake Elsinore
    $1,510
    $1,910
    0.7%
    1.9%
    Palm Desert
    $960
    $1,210
    -0.1%
    0.6%
    Palm Springs
    $930
    $1,160
    0.1%
    0.7%
    La Quinta
    $1,120
    $1,400
    0.1%
    0.8%
    Twentynine Palms
    $670
    $830
    0.1%
    1.5%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

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    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.