Research & Analysis

Where do renters get the most for their money?

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When searching for a place to call home, most renters start by figuring out a comfortable price range to consider. Although the importance of staying within your budget is universal, the options available at different price points vary widely across the country. . In order to illustrate this point more clearly, Apartment List created the following interactive graphic, which shows the average estimated size of apartments available for $1,500 -- note that 20 of the nation's largest cities are shown by default, but the drop-down menu below allows you to add data for thousands of cities and towns:Estimates are based on the average

Best Metros for Dating 2018

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Curious what city holds the key to your heart? The light of your life? A love whose beauty you can just stair at? With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, Apartment List compiled our 2018 list of the best metros for dating, using survey responses from nearly 11,000 singles nationwide. For single renters looking to move in search of Cupid’s arrow bringing them a butter-half they will a-door, read on to find the metros where love is in the air!   Madison, Charleston and Denver are the best metros for dating Madison, Wis., Charleston, S.C., and Denver earn the top three spots

How Does Seasonality Impact Rent Prices?

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Apartment searches and moves follow a seasonal trend, known as seasonality. Searches tick up from December to January and grow steadily to their July peak, while moves increase in March and ramp up dramatically to their peak in August. Renters that start their search at the beginning of the year take longer to move, but still move in at almost the same rate as peak month searchers. Rent prices also follow a seasonal trend, lagging move-ins, tending to peak in late summer/early fall before cooling in the winter months. Renting, like sports and produce, follows predictable seasonal patterns each year,

Student Debt and Millennial Homeownership

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Since 1980, the real median family income has grown by 25 percent, while the median home price has grown by 60 percent, and the average cost of undergraduate tuition has jumped by 160 percent. Results from the Apartment List Renter Survey indicate that recent college graduates with no student debt have, on average, $10,370 in savings for a down payment and expect $3,570 more in down payment assistance from their families, while recent college grads with student debt have less than half that combined amount, and millennials without a college degree less than one-fourth. Homeownership is a distant

The Ghost of Renters Past: A Portrait of Renters in the U.S. since 1930

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  The holiday season egg-cites us to reflect Santa-mentally on the past year and look forward to the new one. With 2017 coming to a wrap, the Apartment List Rentonomics team recently published our 2017 year in review, in which we dug into some of the major trends in the housing market in 2017 and made predictions for 2018. Now, we’re continuing to reflect on the past -- the ghost of renters past, you could say -- by looking at how the U.S. renter population has changed since 1930, when jazz star Duke Ellington and “Gone With the