Bay Area Rental Rates Cooling?

According to a recent report by RealFacts, a real estate market research firm, Bay Area apartment rentals rose only slightly during the past quarter with Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties even dropping slightly.

Rents at large apartment complexes in the Bay Area averaged $2,238 in the last quarter of 2014, an increase of only $4 from the previous quarter but up 11.3 percent from the previous year. Rents in Contra Costa County were the cheapest in the nine counties, averaging $1,676 while San Francisco remains the most expensive at $3,392.

Experts disagree on the long-term rental trend. Some see it as finally flattening out while others point to the continued increase in income in the Bay Area along with a short supply of units, both of which are elements conducive to continuing rental increases.

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