PSBJ: Rents Up 5.5%, Vacancy at 6 Year Low

PSBJ, Puget Sound renters still paying more.

In Seattle, the vacancy rate is just under 3 percent. But add in the 2,300 recently completed units in projects that are still being leased, and vacancy climbs to 8 percent.

One dark cloud for landlords is this: Mortgage payments for owners of midrange condos are 39 percent lower than rents for similar apartments. That’s the widest gap Dupre + Scott has ever seen.

We should probably see if we can find some examples of this gap in ownership versus renting costs. I don’t think it is much of a cloud over landlords though because there is so little condo inventory for sale. In fact it is at the lowest point since we started looking at it. So even if it is cheaper to buy there’s nothing to buy. And as the inventory shortage continues, prices will rise narrowing the gap.

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  • phil

    The dark cloud is the 8% vacancy rate that is not going to come down for awhile. Plenty of buildings going up, including the Capital Hill neighborhood. Folks that want to buy won’t wait around for ever, they’ll just move further out.