San Antonio has the fastest rising rents of any big city in Texas, study says

Rents in San Antonio rose 5.1% in the last 12 months, according to Redfin.

Dallas was the only other large city in Texas to see rents go up, increasing a meager 0.9%. - Wikimedia Commmons / Photos public domain
Wikimedia Commmons / Photos public domain
Dallas was the only other large city in Texas to see rents go up, increasing a meager 0.9%.
San Antonio's reputation as one of the nation's most affordable big cities might soon be a thing of the past, as rents in the Alamo City rose faster than any other big city in Texas last year, according to a recent report.

Between Dec. 2021 and last month, rents in San Antonio rose 5.1%, according to online real estate brokerage Redfin. That trend is in sharp contrast to other large cities in Texas, most of which saw rents decline over the past 12 months.

In Houston, rents declined 4.6% to an average of $1,745 a month, while in Austin, the cost of renting an apartment dropped 2% to $2,270 a month. Dallas was the only other large city in the Lone Star State to see rents go up last year, jumping a meager 0.9% to an average of $2,131 a month.

Although rents in the Alamo City appear to be on the rise, the average rental cost remains lower than in other Texas cities, costing only $1,456 a month on average.

Even so, with the average interest on a 30-year-fixed mortgage hanging out at around 6.15%, according to the latest data from mortgage lender Freddie Mac, more people may opt for rentals as opposed to buying homes, leading to a shortage of rentals in the market, driving prices even higher.

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Michael Karlis

Michael Karlis is a Staff Writer at the San Antonio Current. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., whose work has been featured in Salon, Alternet, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Orlando Weekly, NewsBreak, 420 Magazine and Mexico Travel Today. He reports primarily on breaking news, politics...

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