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The rental housing business is very local and it takes time and effort to understand a local market and all the nuances that go with it.  Many variables can impact the rent you can charge for your rental unit including: location, building structure, amenities, age of unit, market conditions, etc.  The subjective and local nature of many of these variables make it difficult for anyone to tell you exactly the right rent for your rental unit.  

This post was written by our partners at Rentometer, whom uses advanced tech and data management tools to provide rent comparisons anywhere in the U.S.

There are some things you can do to help you more confidently set your rents. Below are a few ideas to help you set rents for your rental property:
 

  1. Stay up to date on local economic and business activity in your market because economic activity is one of the key drivers of housing demand including rental housing. 
     
  2. Work with local real estate professionalsproperty managers, brokers, agents, appraisers, and lenders. Local experts are especially good at identifying the drivers of housing supply and demand unique to your market – jobs, local ordinances, zoning, etc.

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  1. Check local apartment listings using the local newspaper, apartment guides, Craigs List, and of course Rentometer.
     
  2. Check your local apartment or rental housing association for research and other information they may provide about local rent levels – past, present, and future.
     
  3. Use “rent per square foot” whenever possible as a benchmark.  This allows you to encapsulate into a single number all the subjective variables of rent and provides you a basis for comparison across different units, locations, amenities, etc. 

The task of setting rents can be done more confidently with good current and historical data, as well as a thorough understanding of the local market and current market conditions.

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Rentometer is the fastest, easiest way to compare rents anywhere in the U.S. Rentometer uses advanced technology and data management tools to provide a thorough rent comparison analysis within seconds, for any address in the U.S. Rentometer also offers premium subscription services for professional users that need more information and services to help them build and operate their rental housing businesses.