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Rent Is Finally Getting Cheaper in These Major Cities

Manhattan Condos At Half Price Lure Homebuyers Reshaping HarlemManhattan Condos At Half Price Lure Homebuyers Reshaping Harlem
Apartment buildings in central Harlem, New YorkPhotograph by Jin Lee — Bloomberg via Getty Images

Apartment rents in some of the most expensive U.S. cities are falling for the first time since 2010.

In the third quarter of 2016, rent prices fell 2.75% in Houston, 0.51% in San Francisco, 0.19% in New York, and 0.79% in San Jose, Calif., according to a new report from apartment data firm Axiometrics. It’s the first time since 2010 that rent growth in the U.S. has been in the negative. Elsewhere in the U.S. rent continued to rise, increasing an average 2.99% in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago.

The lower rent prices stem from a growing supply of rental properties in urban centers, though demand has begun to wane. According to CoStar, another real estate research firm, U.S. rental buildings remain vacant for longer stretches of time as more consumers look toward the suburbs. At the same time, the growth of high-paying jobs in centers such as New York and San Francisco has begun to slow, the Wall Street Journal reported.


This surge in supply makes it easier for consumers to negotiate down their rent prices, with landlord concessions more than doubling since last year, the Journal reported.


At the same time, negotiability on Manhattan apartments for sale also rose 0.7% in the third quarter as fewer consumers came forward to buy properties. And yet builders plan to continue working on new residences, according to a Tuesday report from Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel.