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Rents on the rise for metro Phoenix houses, apartments

Rents rise in Phoenix.  Renters are paying more for apartments and houses in metro Phoenix than they did a year ago.

The average rent on an apartment climbed 4.9 percent during the past year to reach $815 a month at the end of September, according to research firm RealFacts.

Monthly rents on houses are up 5.8 percent from last year, according to Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

“Rental homes remain popular for those who don’t want to buy a house or who can’t qualify for a home loan,” said Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the Carey School. “Fast turnover and low vacancy rates have pushed rents up.”

An average rent figure for houses in metro Phoenix isn’t considered an accurate indicator. The many luxury houses that rent for $5,000 or more a month skew the number high.

In September, there were 4,342 houses, not including vacation homes, for rent that were listed on the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, according to Orr. That compares with 6,486 rental homes available Valleywide in September 2013.

Monthly Rent Prices

Rent $500 – $1,000

Most rental units cost between $500 and $1,000 every month in Phoenix Metro. This proportion of residents paying rent within this range is a higher percentage than Arizona and the United States.

Between $1,000 and $1,500

The next most common monthly rent range is between $1,000 and $1,500. Approximately 16.6% of Phoenix Metro’s renters pay between $1,000 and $1,500.

These values refer to contract rent, as opposed to gross rent. Additional rent expenses or inclusions such as utilities, fuels, furnishings, or meals are not accounted for.

Rent stats in Phoenix

Rents under $500/mo account for 12.8% of the market.  Rents from $501/mo to $1000/mo account for 63.9% of the market.  Rents from $1001/mo to $1500/mo account for 16.6% of the market.  Rents above $1500/mo account for 6.6% of the market.