Despite the last two years of decelerating rent growth, the spring season proves its continued strength. After a substantial rent increase in March, which marked the best performance since last summer, multifamily rents in April have once again risen $4 to $1,377, increasing by $10 overall the last two months. Year-over-year, rents have increased by 2.4 percent, but down 20 basis points from March.
The seasonal gain was widespread across major metros, all except for Raleigh. The top growth performers were once again Orlando, which had an increase of 6.2 percent, followed by Sacramento with 5.2 percent, Las Vegas rising 5.1 percent, Tampa (4.4 percent) and Phoenix (4 percent). Warm climates, strong job growth and domestic migration add to the success of these metros, although Sacramento is showing signs of deceleration after years of double-digit growth.