We can’t vouch for its accuracy, but as a “plugged-in” reader notes, rentometer.com might help shed some light on the question of what currently constitutes market rate rents. Potential landlords and junior analysts rejoice.
And as far as annual increases go (again, for what constitutes market rate), we’ve heard expectations of around 10% over the next couple of years in San Francisco. But that’s just one industry forecast.
UPDATE (4/14): If a couple of “plugged-in” reader’s suspicions are correct, the majority of data points used by rentometer are self-reported by previous users (rather than a mash-up of current listings). And if that’s the case, then while rentometer might provide a fair measure of what people are currently paying in a particular area of San Francisco it’s not such a great measure of what actually constitutes a market rate rent (on account of rent control).
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7 thoughts on “My Rent Is Too High, My Rent Is Too Low, My Rent Is Just Right”
  1. I moved out of my apt in Pac Heights last month after having lived there almost a full year. When I moved out my LL raised rent from $1600 to $1850 which is a 15% increase.

  2. Very cool. Checked it here near Laguna — and it was fairly accurate on what I know regarding rents paid for similar homes in our neighborhood.
    Hope they keep this rento meter going.

  3. The rentometer works by first asking you what your rent is, then giving you nearby rents from what other people entered previously.

  4. Here’s how I think this site works. Instead of telling you what the current rent level in your city/zip, it asks you for YOUR RENT first. Very smart approach as it’ll then take your data into their database. People actually help them expand their data pool unknowingly!
    If so then data manipulation will become a problem…

  5. I wish it also asked for a square footage and gave you a rent per sq foot for true apples to apples. A large studio might be the same size as a small bedroom.
    location: bush/ hyde street
    rent: 970
    sq ft:400
    rent/ sq ft=2.425$
    I think anything less than 2.75$ is a good deal.

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