Image Source: USC Casden Multifamily Forecast via LA Times

Sky-high San Diego rents along with rents in other areas of Southern California are only expected to continue to rise in the coming years as new-construction levels struggle to keep up with demand—says the USC Casden Multifamily Forecast.

The average rent in Los Angeles County is expected to be as high as $1,416 by 2018—an 8.3% increase from last year.  Average rents in Orange County are expected to be as high as $1,736 in 2018, a 9.4% increase.

These continuously rising rents come despite permits for constructing more than 38,000 multifamily units being issued last year across Orange, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties — the most since prior to the recession, as per the forecast, completed by Beacon Economics and USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate.

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Average rents in San Diego County should increase to $1,577 in 2018, up a whopping 10.9% from last year!  Riverside and San Bernardino counties average rents are expected to rise by 7.3% — up to $1,239 a month.

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This should not come as a surprise, considering our rental market index is determined by supply and demand: low supply with high demand equals higher prices.  Once new construction picks back up and more “affordable” housing is made available to the public by capitalist investors/developers, supply will increase and will provide relief in rising rents, at least to a more sustainable level.

This study only seems to supports the data that buying a home and locking in the currently low fixed interest rates may provide more stability and predictability for current tenants than continuing to gamble on increasing rents.

Related: To get started with buying a home, see this article: How to Buy a House | The Ultimate Guide [2016 Edition].

 

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