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Posted October 26, 2010 by RentJungle

During the third quarter of 2010, the average rent for an apartment in the United States increased by 5% from the prior quarter to $1,356 according to our analysis. Our detailed reports of rent trends by city are available by clicking here.

"We are seeing some encouraging signs in the overall national rental market for the second quarter in a row," says Rentjungle.com CEO Jon Pastor. "In the third quarter, rent nationwide was up by 5% when compared to the second 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. Rent increased in Q2 by 2.5%, making Q3, the second continuous quarter of increases."

Nationwide, one bedroom apartments saw the largest percentage increase in Q3, up 7% to $1,034 per month. Two bedroom apartments were also in demand, up 5% to $1,284 per month.

Across all apartment sizes, Washington DC, Denver, and Miami all saw rent increases above 6% in the second quarter. The majority of cities realized increases in the 2 to 5% range. However, Des Moines, Detroit, Dallas and Cleveland all saw decreases in excess of 1%.

"Even with the real estate market continuing to sputter with the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit, rents remained strong" said Rent Jungle co-founder Geng Wang. "We may be seeing a more permanent shift away from owning to renting. As consumers get confidence back, and move out of shared livings spaces (e.g., with roommates or parents), they are opting to continue to rent rather than looking at purchasing."

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. More rent trend data, including breakdowns by city, is available at: http://www.rentjungle.com/rentdata/ . Rents are calculated using a 10 mile radius from the center of the city.

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