Rental Market Report

December 2017


Over the last month, overall rental prices in Brooklyn decreased by 0.5%, from $2,730.56 to $2,716.86.


Over the last month, the average rent in Brooklyn fell by 0.5%, from $2,730.56 to $2,716.86. Studio rental prices fell by 0.7%, from $2,188 to $2,172. One-bedroom rental prices decreased by 1.3%, from $2,615 to $2,581. Two-bedroom rental prices increased by 0.2%, from $3,389 to $3,397. Year-over-year, studio rental prices grew by 0.13%, one-bedroom rental prices fell by 0.34%, and two-bedroom rental prices grew by 1.19%. A 0.5% month-over-month decrease from November to December was expected as began the winter season, a traditionally slow period for the rental market.
December continued the seasonal downtrend we saw emerging during September. Overall neighborhood price changes were evenly split with Bay Ridge (+0.8%), DUMBO (+1.4%), Downtown Brooklyn (+0.1%), Fort Greene (+1.6%), Greenpoint (+2.2%), Park Slope (+0.02%), Prospect Lefferts Gardens (+0.6%) all experiencing price growth while Bedford Stuyvesant (-0.6%), Boerum Hill (-1.7%), Brooklyn Heights (-1.6%), Bushwick (-1.6%), Clinton Hill (-0.7%), Cobble Hill (-1.6%), Crown Heights (-2.4%), and Williamsburg (-4.1%) all experiencing price contraction. During December, DUMBO remained home to the most expensive rental units across the board. The least expensive rental units were all in Bay Ridge.
A noteworthy occurrence this month was the 2.2% rental price growth seen in Greenpoint. This growth can be attributed to a combination of new development rental units, as well as a handful of oversized loft-like studio apartments coming onto the market in the past month.
As we begin the winter season, further price tightening can be expected.

Notable Trends

Building (Average Prices)
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Brooklyn Rents: December 2016 vs. December 2017
Type December 2016 December 2017 Change
Studios $2,169 $2,172 0.13%
One-bedrooms $2,591 $2,582 -0.34%
Two-bedrooms $3,357 $3,397 1.19%

A Quick Look

Where Prices Decreased (Monthly)

Bay Ridge
1 Bedroom -0.9%
Bed Stuy
Studios -1.5% 1 Bedroom -0.8%
Boerum Hill
Studios -3.6% 2 Bedroom -2.7%
Brooklyn Heights
Studios -0.2% 1 Bedroom -4.3% 2 Bedroom -0.6%
Studios -4.6% 1 Bedroom -0.8%
Clinton Hill
Studios -3.0% 1 Bedroom -4.1%
Cobble Hill
1 Bedroom -4.7% 2 Bedroom -1.0%
Crown Heights
1 Bedroom -2.5% 2 Bedroom -4.0%
Studios -4.8%
Downtown Brooklyn
Studios -1.4% 1 Bedroom -0.1%
Fort Greene
Studios -1.8%
1 Bedroom -3.9% 2 Bedroom -0.9%
Park Slope
1 Bedroom -1.8% 2 Bedroom -2.6%
Studios -1.0%
Studios -7.9% 1 Bedroom -4.2% 2 Bedroom -1.0%

Where Prices Increased (Monthly)

Bay Ridge
Studios 3.7% 2 Bedroom 0.4%
Bed Stuy
2 Bedroom 0.3%
Boerum Hill
1 Bedroom 1.3%
2 Bedroom 0.3%
Clinton Hill
2 Bedroom 3.9%
Cobble Hill
Studios 1.2%
Crown Heights
Studios 0.0%
1 Bedroom 4.1% 2 Bedroom 3.4%
Downtown Brooklyn
2 Bedroom 1.3%
Fort Greene
1 Bedroom 1.5% 2 Bedroom 4.0%
Studios 13.4%
Park Slope
Studios 6.6%
1 Bedroom 1.3% 2 Bedroom 1.2%

• After a slight dip in November, the average overall rental price in Bay Ridge increased by 0.82% during December.

bay ridge studio apartment price trends

• Average rental prices in Bedford Stuyvesant fell by 0.56% during December, continuing the seasonal downtrend that began in September.

bedford-stuyvesant apartment

• During December, the average rental price in Boerum Hill fell by 1.7%.

boerum hill apartment

• After experiencing growth during November, the average Brooklyn Heights rental price fell by 1.65% during December.

brooklyn heights apts

• Continuing the seasonal downtrend, the average rent in Bushwick fell by 1.6% during December.

bushwick apts

• Succumbing to seasonality, the average rental price in Clinton Hill fell by 0.66% during December.

clinton hill apts

• Overall, rental prices in Cobble Hill were down 1.65% during December.

cobble hill apts

• Overall rental prices in Crown Heights were down by 2.38% during December, continuing the seasonal downtrend.

crown heights apts

• After experiencing a seasonal correction in November, overall rental prices remained stable during December, growing by just 0.15%.

downtown brooklyn apts

• DUMBO was one of the few Brooklyn neighborhood that experienced month-over-month growth in rental pricing. Overall rental prices were up 1.38% during December.

dumbo apts

• Led by an impressive 4% increase in two-bedroom pricing, overall rental prices were up 1.62% in Fort Greene during December.

fort greene apts

• After experiencing a correction in November, overall rental prices in Greenpoint grew by 2.23% during December. Most of this growth can be attributed to the impressive 13.43% price increase seen in studio pricing, which was the result of a combination of new construction and oversized loft-like studio apartments on the market.

greenpoint apts

• Overall rental prices in Park Slope remained stable during December, growing by just 0.02%.

park slope apts

• December proved to be a relatively stable month for rental pricing in Prospect Lefferts Gardens with overall rental prices growing by 0.64%.

prospect lefferts gardens apts

• Due to an influx of inexpensive units combined with increases in concessions, overall rental pricing in Williamsburg fell by 4.09% during December.

williamsburg apts

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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