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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Apartment Rents Decline in Los Angeles

by Calculated Risk on 7/05/2009 09:43:00 AM

From Lauren Beale at the Los Angeles Times: Vacancies give renters room to negotiate

The first quarter saw the largest rent decline in a decade for Los Angeles County, Reis' [Victor Calanog, director of research] said. Effective rents, those that take concessions into account, fell 1.7% in the first quarter of this year from the fourth quarter of 2008, while asking rents dropped 1%.
And vacancy rates are rising:
The rate climbed to 5.3% in the first quarter from 3.8% in the first quarter of 2008, said [Reis' Calanog] ... In contrast, vacancies had been hovering between 2% and 3% for the last decade.
The last time vacancy rates were this high in Los Angeles County was in the early 1990s, when they hit 5%.
Declining rents puts more pressure on house prices ... and rents could continue to fall through 2010.

Here are some comments from BRE (a REIT) in February:
We believe we are looking at a negative rent curve for the next two years.

We believe on a composite basis, market rents in 2009 could fall between 3 and 6% from peak levels in 2008. And the rent cuts in 2010 could be deeper ...