The Seattle rental market has continued to see increasing rents in 2016 over 2015, although as we wrote last month Seattle rents have shown signs of slowing or even going down towards the end of the year. Seattle rental numbers cannot be gathered from one source. When looking at the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), the number of rented homes, the average rent, and average rent per square feet in Seattle all went up. The NWMLS showed 1,094 vs 1,071 Seattle rentals in 2016 and 2015 respectively. The average rent increased to $2,752 vs $2,588 from the prior year with the average rent per square feet increased to $2.38 from $2.00. The NWMLS is mainly rentals from individual owners and does not include large Seattle apartment complexes. In Downtown alone there was 20 new Seattle apartment buildings in 2015, 14 underway or completed in 2016, and 27 dues to be completed in 2017. Thus the NWMLS is only a small portion of Seattle rentals.
The above picture property is a Seattle rental located on the north-end of the Pike Place Market. The one bedroom, one bathroom condo has unobstructed views of the Sound, Market, and the Wheel. It is available for $3,675.
These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not compiled or published by that organization.