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November 2017 Austin Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Austin Rent Report. Austin rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Austin rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

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November 2017 Austin Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Austin Rent Report. Austin rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Austin rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Austin rents declined over the past month

Austin rents have declined 0.7% over the past month, but have increased marginally by 0.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Austin stand at $1,130 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,390 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Austin's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.0%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across cities in Texas

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Austin, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Texas, 9 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 2.0% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Plano is the most expensive of all Texas' major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,420; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Corpus Christi, where a two-bedroom goes for $1,030, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.8%).
  • Arlington, Fort Worth, and Dallas have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (7.9%, 5.2%, and 2.6%, respectively).

Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Austin

As rents have increased marginally in Austin, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most similar cities across the country, Austin is less affordable for renters.

  • Austin's median two-bedroom rent of $1,390 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 0.9% increase in Austin.
  • While Austin's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Phoenix (+4.1%), and Atlanta (+2.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Austin than most other large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, where Austin is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

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.

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.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

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.