Portland Sees 7 Straight Months of Rent Decline

Portland rents decline for 7 straight months

Portland rents continued to decline in September for the seventh straight month, dropping another 0.2 percent over the past month, according to Apartment List.

Rents are now down sharply by 5.7 percent in Portland year-over-year.

Rents in Portland are $1,155 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,346 for a two-bedroom.

New methodology to track rents

“These rent statistics represent our latest effort to design methods that address the most common issues that arise in rent-growth estimation,” said Chris Salviati, Housing Economist for Apartment List.

“In particular, this update reflects a concerted effort to capture transacted rents, as opposed to list rents, and we’ve found the difference to be meaningful during the pandemic.

“Our new numbers continue to paint the picture of a protracted national slowdown and uneven recovery: the national rent index is down 1.4 percent year-over-year, but there is tremendous regional variation beneath the surface. San Francisco and New York City continue to lead the nation in pandemic rent drops, while smaller markets like Boise and Colorado Springs are heating up,” Salviati said.

Rents rising across cities in the Portland Metro

Portland metro rents rising

While rent decreases have been occurring in the city of Portland over the past year, cities in the rest of the metro are seeing the opposite trend.

Rents have risen in seven of the largest 10 cities in the Portland metro for which Apartment List has data.

Tualatin, Vancouver, and Salem have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (3.9 percent, 2.9 percent, and 2.6 percent, respectively).

Oregon as a whole logged rent growth of -1.5 percent over the past year.

Hillsboro and Beaverton see rent declines

Portland suburbs rent

Looking throughout the metro, Beaverton is the most expensive of all Portland metro’s major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,574.

Hillsboro and Beaverton, where two-bedrooms go for $1,513 and $1,574, are the two other major cities in the metro besides Portland to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.8 percent and -0.5 percent).

Eugene rents keep climbing

Eugene rents keep going up

Eugene has seen a steady 10 straight months of rent increases.

September rents in Eugene have increased 0.5 percent over the past month, and have increased moderately by 2.0 percent in comparison to the same time last year.

Median rents in Eugene are $846 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,124 for a two-bedroom.

Corvallis has also seen steady rent increases for the past four months. Corvallis rents were up 0.5 percent in September, but have been relatively flat at 0.4 percent in comparison to the same time last year.

Median rents in Corvallis are $1,008 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,187 for a two-bedroom.

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