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Twin Cities Rents Remain Strong Overall

by User Not Found | Jan 24, 2013
The fourth quarter of 2012 showed the continuation of a strong rent growth in the Twin Cities apartment and shadow markets. One bedroom units in the apartment market were up 10% from the previous year, with a median rent of $790. Two bedrooms rose 8% to $960, and three bedrooms climbed 5% to $1,250. In the shadow market one bedroom units rose 3% to $835, two bedrooms grew 5% to $1,100, and three bedrooms nudged 1% higher to $1,300.

In the past two quarters in this report, we have started to see an interesting development with three bedroom apartments in the suburbs. In a number of cases rents are declining year-over-year (many times by 10% or more!) when the median rent for a three bedroom apartment a year ago was higher than a three bedroom shadow market rental in the same region. Examples of this trend in this quarters report:

Inver Grove Heights/Mendota/Lilydale
New Hope

Last quarter it happened in:

Eden Prairie
Inver Grove Heights/Mendota/Lilydale

The result of the declining apartment rents are that in most cases the rents are “corrected” to the place where three bedroom apartments are less than three bedroom shadow market units.

This trend may also present an opportunity for apartment owners and managers of three bedrooms throughout the Twin Cities suburbs. There were a number of regions where three bedroom apartments a year ago were renting significantly lower than three bedroom shadow market rentals. This allowed for substantial rent increases. Examples of this trend in this quarter's Twin Cities Rental Revue:

Bloomington (up 17.6%)
Chaska (up 15%)
Coon Rapids (up 6.7%)
Fridley/Columbia Heights (up 9.2%)
Hopkins (up 17.4/%)
Minnetonka (up 16.3%)
Roseville (up 19%),

This demonstrates the importance of tracking shadow market rents to help determine whether or not you can expect or plan for rent decreases or increases in specific regions. For those not currently subscribing to Twin Cities Rental Revue, go here for more information so you aren't missing out on this vital rental market data, or email jdye@housinglink.org.