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Rental Market Report

August 2017


Over the last month, prices in Brooklyn have increased by 0.8%, from $2,798.23 to $2,819.73.


Over the last month, the average rent in Brooklyn has increased by 0.77%, from $2,798 to $2,819. This month, studio prices increased by 3.0%, from $2,221 to $2,287. One-bedroom prices increased by 0.8%, from $2,664 to $2,687. Two-bedroom prices decreased by 0.7%, from $3,509 to $3,485. Over the last year, studio prices increased by 1.86%, one-bedroom prices decreased by 1.02%, and two-bedroom prices decreased by 0.15%. An overall price increase of 0.77% for the month indicates a stable rental market in Brooklyn.
August, overall, was a strong month for prices in Brooklyn. Over half of the neighborhood average price changes were positive. The four largest gains are as follows: Cobble Hill by 7.3%, Bay Ridge by 3.4%, Boerum Hill by 2.8%, and Williamsburg by 2.4%. DUMBO is home to the most expensive studio and one-bedrooms units on the market, while Brooklyn Heights has the most expensive two-bedrooms units. The least expensive units can be found in Bay Ridge.
A noteworthy occurrence this month was the strong price increase experienced by all units in Cobble hill. Studio prices grew by 7.4%, one-bedroom prices also increased by 7.4%, and two-bedrooms prices grew by 7.1%. Much of this growth can be attributed to the low inventory in the area. Another noteworthy occurrence this month was the sustained growth by the Williamsburg rental market. Overall, Williamsburg prices grew by 2.4% month-to-month and 0.7% year-to-year. This jump in month-to-month pricing in Williamsburg can be explained in part by the addition of units from 2 North 6th, which just launched leasing for all its units.
As we enter peak rental season for New York City, prices are expected to maintain strong growth.

Notable Trends

Building (Average Prices)
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Brooklyn Rents: August 2016 vs. August 2017
Type August 2016 August 2017 Change
Studios $2,246 $2,287 1.86%
One-bedrooms $2,714 $2,687 1.02%
Two-bedrooms $3,490 $3,485 0.15%

A Quick Look

Where Prices Decreased (Monthly)

Bed Stuy
One-Bedroom -0.4%
Boerum Hill
Two-Bedroom -3.3%
Brooklyn Heights
Two-Bedroom -3.3%
Two-Bedroom -1.3%
Clinton Hill
One-Bedroom -1.9% Two-Bedroom -3.0%
Crown Heights
Studios -0.6%
Studios -0.6% One-Bedroom -1.2% Two-Bedroom -2.3%
Downtown BK
Two-Bedroom -5.4%
Fort Greene
Studios -3.0% One-Bedroom -0.7%
One-Bedroom -4.9% Two-Bedroom -3.3%
Studios -2.3% One-Bedroom -5.1%

Where Prices Increased (Monthly)

Bay Ridge
Studios 1.2% One-Bedroomn 4.5% Two-Bedroom 4.0%
Bed Stuy
Studios 2.1% Two-Bedroom 0.2%
Boerum Hill
Studios 14.5% One-Bedroom 2.7%
Brooklyn Heights
Studios 2.4% One-Bedroom 6.1%
Studios 3.1% One-Bedroom 0.1%
Clinton Hill
Studios 0.6%
Cobble Hill
Studios 7.4% One-Bedroomn 7.4% Two-Bedroom 7.1%
Crown Heights
One-Bedroom 3.4% Two-Bedroom 2.3%
Downtown BK
Studios 1.5% One-Bedroom 0.9%
Fort Greene
Two-Bedroom 2.0%
Studios 7.4%
Park Slope
Studios 5.7% One-Bedroomn 0.5% Two-Bedroom 0.7%
Two-Bedroom 0.4%
Studios 5.7% One-Bedroomn 1.2% Two-Bedroom 1.0%

• Rental prices in Bay Ridge experienced modest growth in the past month. Much of this growth can be attributed to an increase in inventory and typical rental market seasonality. Overall, prices in Bay Ridge saw a 3.4% month-to-month increase.

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• Over the last month, rental prices in Bedford-Stuyvesant remained stable, growing by an overall 0.53%.

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• Although studio rental prices in Boerum Hill saw an impressive growth of 14.5%, the overall market grew by only 2.84%. Studios in Boerum Hill have traditionally seen large price swings because of low inventory. However, in addition to low inventory, numerous over-sized and atypical studio apartments from 233 Schermerhorn Street were added to market.

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• Brooklyn Heights saw increases in rental prices across the board. Traditionally a strong rental market, overall growth was 0.9%. Year-over-year Brooklyn Heights rental prices grew by 2.7%.

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• Bushwick saw a modest 0.48% increase in overall rental prices. bushwick studio apartment price trends bushwick one bedroom apartment price trends bushwick two bedroom apartment price trends

• Prices in Clinton Hill fell by 1.7% during the month of August. Much of this decrease can be credited to the 3.01% slide in twobedroom rental prices.

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• Cobble Hill had an impressive August, overall prices experienced 7.26% growth. This growth can be attributed to two factors, low inventory and the addition of atypical units to the market.

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• Studio prices in Cobble Hill saw a 0.62% slide, while one-bedroom and two-bedroom prices grew by 3.32% and 2.31%, respectively. Overall, the market experienced a price increase of 1.81%.

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• Downtown Brooklyn experienced a 5.35% slide in two-bedroom prices, while studios increased by 1.41%. Overall, the market prices fell by only 1.69%. This increase in studio pricing can be partially attributed to the addition of units from 33 Bond Street.

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• Over the last month, DUMBO prices remained stable, dropping by only 1.57%.

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• Prices remained stable in Fort Greene, falling by only 0.15%.

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• Over the last month, prices in Greenpoint saw a 7.4% increase in studios, 4.87% decrease in 1 beds, and a 3.36% decrease in 2 beds, for an overall monthly average drop of 0.64%. Much of this movement can be explained by typical market seasonality in Greenpoint and a balance of both new construction and pre-war buildings in the area.

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• Rental prices in Park Slope experienced a 1.91% overall increase. This increase in overall price was driven by a 5.75% increase in studio pricing.

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• Overall prices in PLG fell by 2.21%. This change in price was, mostly, caused by a 5.15% slide in one-bedroom prices. Onebedrooms in PLG saw the addition of numerous underpriced and undersized studio units which exerted downward pressure on pricing in the area.

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• Williamsburg experienced a solid month for rental prices. Overall, market prices increased by 2.39%. The most impressive change was experienced by the studio rental market, which grew by 5.71%. This growth in the studio market can be credited to the addition of units from 2 North 6th, which launched its initial leasing over the past month.

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The Report Explained

The Brooklyn Rental Market Report™ compares fluctuation in the borough’s rental data on a monthly basis. It is an essential tool for potential renters seeking transparency in the Brooklyn apartment market and a benchmark for landlords to efficiently and fairly adjust individual property rents in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Rental Market Report™ is based on a cross-section of data from available listings and priced under $10,000, with ultraluxury property omitted to obtain a true monthly rental average. Our data is aggregated from the MNS proprietary database and sampled from a specific mid-month point to record current rental rates offered by landlords during that particular month. It is then combined with information from the REBNY Real Estate Listings Source (RLS), OnLine Residential ( and R.O.L.E.X. (Real Plus).

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