Posted July 06, 2010 by RentJungle

During the second quarter of 2010, the average rent for an apartment in the United States increased by $27 to $1,087, an increase of 2.5%.

"We are seeing some encouraging signs in the overall national rental market," says Rentjungle.com CEO Jon Pastor. "In the second quarter, rent nationwide was up by 2.5% when compared to the first quarter of 2010, which is the continuation of an improvement trend that started in January. Rent in Q4, 2009 was down by approximately 3% from the prior quarter, and during Q1 2010, rent was flat. So an increase of 2.5% in Q2, 2010 is significant."

Two bedroom apartments saw the largest percentage increase in Q2, up 2% to $1,222 per month. One bedroom apartments were also in demand, up 1% to $970 per month.

Across all apartment sizes, San Diego, San Jose, Norfolk, Providence, Hartford and New Haven all saw rent increases above 4% in the second quarter. The majority of cities realized increases in the 1 to 3% range. Tampa, Tulsa, Hollywood and Indianapolis however, all saw decreases in excess of 1%.

"The rental market appears to have bottomed out in the last quarter of 2009," said Rent Jungle co-founder Rick Ferris. "This is the first quarter that we have seen significant strength in the two bedroom market, indicating that larger apartments may be coming back in demand as the economy turns. It will be interesting to see if decreases in overall consumer confidence that were reported in June reverse this strong trend heading into the remainder of the summer."

Rentjungle.com calculates these figures by analyzing over 1 million apartment ads a month. The goal of the site is to help users make more informed decisions.

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