Rents are dropping, what about Hoboken?



There was an article posted on the Wall Street Journal blog a few weeks ago – that showed that despite widespread real estate foreclosures, rents are dropping as well.

Before you read the story – how do you think this could or should affect Hoboken, especially with the 47% property tax increase?


Rents fall countrywide, biggest drops in NYC, Miami

Job losses took a heavy toll on the nation’s landlords last quarter, as rents fell across the country and vacancies jumped higher.

New York City took the biggest hit, according to numbers to be released Wednesday by research firm Reis Inc. Rent growth declined by 1.9% in New York, even though the city still has the nation’s tightest rental market, with vacancies at just 2.3%.

New York landlords have enjoyed big rent increases over the past few years, but that’s unlikely to continue in 2009. In the fourth quarter, three-quarters of multifamily buildings in the city exhibited negative rent growth, a big uptick from the past three quarters, when just 37% of properties saw negative rent growth, according to Victor Calanog, director of research at Reis. Today’s story in the WSJ —”Apartment Landlords Find What Goes Up, Does Come Down“— looks at how landlords are offering more incentives to keep apartments rented.

Read the rest after the jump…

(Rents dropping everywhere, continued…)

The Big Apple stands out among the cities that saw the biggest rent drops because it hasn’t been inundated by a glut of foreclosed homes or condos that have been converted to rentals. That “shadow supply” helps explain, in part, the 1.8% drop in rental growth in Miami or the 1.6% decline in Ventura County, Calif. Altogether, 56 of the 79 markets tracked by Reis had negative rental growth last quarter.

Vacancies jumped sharply across the southeast, including Charleston, S.C., where the vacancy rate increased to 11% from 9%, and Birmingham, Ala., where vacancies reached 9%, up from 7.4% in the third quarter.

Cities in Texas and Oklahoma, which had been buoyed throughout the summer and fall by a booming energy sector, have seen the strongest rental growth. In Houston, rents increased by 1.4% last quarter, to $715, while Tulsa, Okla., enjoyed rent growth of 0.9%. But as oil prices have collapsed, it’s unclear how long those gains may stay, says Mr. Canalog. “The jury is still out as to whether Houston will truly buck the trend,” he says.

Apartment owners are buoyed by the fact that, unlike during the last recession, when many renters took advantage of easy financing to move into homes, lending standards today are much tighter, which will keep some renters from taking advantage of record low mortgage rates and falling home prices. One-in-five renters moved out to buy homes during the previous recession compared to 7% today, says Richard Campo, chief executive of Camden Property Trust, a Houston-based real-estate investment trust.

“We had people moving out who had trouble making a $1,000 rental payment who were buying a quarter-million dollar home” five years ago, says Mr. Campo. “You’ll have people move out to buy houses but it won’t be like it was, in droves.”

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[quote comment=”133467″]how do we combat it with our property manager? Any suggestions/input are greatly appreciated!

Sarah, it’s not personal, it’s business. Unless your rent is significantly below market, the best tip I can give you is to ask your landlord / management company to talk to any realtor and they will tell you how rents are down. Quite simply, you can probably afford a better place than what you are paying on rent. You say that there’s you and two roommates, so that’s a 3 bedroom I assume? Those have been hit the hardest when it came to rent.

A landlord is typically happy to keep the tenant as long as they pay their rent on time and caring for the unit. My previous landlord didn’t increase my rent not even by one cent in almost four years.


5 from what I recall its been 2 years since I lived there. Most people in the building have their dogs poop on the deck in the bldg – 👿

strand tramp
strand tramp

how would you rank it on the dog shit-o-meter? a 10 being the buildings around the Shipyard where people will look you right in the eye and say “HI!” while their mutt squeezes out 1/2lb of steaming sh1t right on top of the plants next to the front doors next to the sign that says “no pets in landscaping”….a 0 being your keyboard.


Terri Castellano should be able to answer that one its her district..

Hey if the bum can get in I’m sure you can figure out how to get in there to sit. Its very nice actually

strand tramp
strand tramp

why would they be allowed to have a private park if the Shipyard is forced to allow the public on their property and Maxwell is forced to allow the public on their prroperty and the Tea building is forced to allow the public on their property. i think dawn zimmer should have a softball game there and roberts should cut a hole in the fence and cut a ribbon. how about it? why can’t I go sit in that park?