Rental Market Report

September 2014


Average rents throughout Brooklyn increased from $2,655.25 in September 2013 to $2,702.59 in September 2014.


Rent prices in Brooklyn decreased by approximately 1.43% from $2,742 in August 2014 to $2,703 in September 2014. Rent prices increased 1.78% from $2,655 to $2,742 compared to September 2013. Listing inventory increased 30% compared to August 2014 from 1,946 units to 2,527 units.

The market appears to have slowed down compared to August 2014. The largest percentage increases in rent prices (among material sample sizes) were seen in Studios in Boerum Hill and Clinton Hill. The largest percentage decreases (among material sample sizes) were seen in Studio units in Park Slope and One Bedroom units in Bushwick.

The largest annual upward and downward shifts in rent prices (among material sample sizes) were seen in Crown Heights and Greenpoint respectively. Rents increased 10.5% in Crown Heights compared to September 2013 from $1,884 to $2,082. Rents decreased by 5.1% in Greenpoint from $2,912 to $2,764.

Despite the small downturn this month, the Brooklyn rental market is continuing its overall upward progression. Several unique trends took place this month. Perhaps the most notable is Bushwick’s dramatic 20.46% monthly downturn. This was due to an unusually low sample size for Studio units and several lower priced units in new buildings entering the market. Crown Heights also experienced a correction from last month’s excessive growth. This behavior, from these neighborhoods that are leading the gentrification movement, is not expected to continue for an extended period of time. In addition, neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, which are typically stable, saw higher than normal decreases in monthly average rents. Another neighborhood that experienced a considerable downward swing in prices compared to last month is Park Slope, with an influx of lower priced Studio units hitting the market. As with recent months, most of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn are experiencing a positive year-over-year change. Those with material sample sizes that have not increased have decreased by a relatively small amount, except for Greenpoint. Overall monthly changes have tended to fluctuate more drastically. This can be expected to continue as many more new developments and conversions enter the marketing in the coming months.

Notable Trends

Building (Average Prices)
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Brooklyn Rents: September 2013 vs. September 2014
  September '13 September '14 Change
Studios $2,010 $2,187 8.8%
One-bedrooms $2,539 $2,586 1.9%
Two-bedrooms $3,417 $3,335 2.4%

A Quick Look

Where Prices Decreased (Monthly)

Bay Ridge
Studios -4.35%, One-Bedroom -0.20%
Bed Stuy
Studios -8.44%, One-Bedroom -6.86%, Two-Bedroom -1.54%
Boerum Hill
Two-Bedroom -2.40%
Brooklyn Heights
One-Bedroom -1.20%
Studios -31.82%, One-Bedroom -21.90%, Two-Bedroom -8.53%
Clinton Hill
Two-Bedroom -1.03%
Cobble Hill
Studios -8.58%, One-Bedroom -1.24%
Crown Heights
Studios -15.10%, One-Bedroom -13.72%, Two-Bedroo -5.85%
One-Bedroom -0.55%
Downtown BK
Two-Bedroom -1.58%
One-Bedroom -1.52%, Two-Bedroom -5.56%
Park Slope
Studios -22.67%, One-Bedroom -6.96%
Two-Bedroom -5.43%
Studios -9.65%, Two-Bedroom -1.67%

Where Prices Increased (Monthly)

Bay Ridge
Two-Bedroom 0.53%
Boerum Hill
Studios 18.36% , One-Bedroom 4.60%
Brooklyn Heights
Studios 11.59%, Two-Bedroom 3.61%
Clinton Hill
Studios 17.45% , One-Bedroom 0.70%
Cobble Hill
Two-Bedroom 5.53%
Studios 3.27%, Two-Bedroom 7.66%
Downtown BK
Studios 2.85%, One-Bedroom 0.90%
Fort Greene
Studios 8.42%, One-Bedroom 3.08%, Two-Bedroom 1.96%
Studios 3.74%
Park Slope
Two-Bedroom 0.53%
Studios 23.08%, One-Bedroom 5.22%
One-Bedroom 0.83%

Neighborhood Price Trends

• Although average rent prices fell slightly by 1.01% this month, the more important trend is the 4.9% yearly increase in prices.

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• This neighborhood saw both monthly and yearly overall average rent decreases with all unit types dropping at a steady pace.

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• Overall monthly average rent increased at a notable 4.57% rate, the highest among Brooklyn neighborhoods with material sample sizes.

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• Led by an 11.59% increase in Studio prices, overall average rent increased this month by 3.88%.

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• Due to a low sample size this neighborhood’s 30.82% drop in Studio prices is distorted, while the 21.90% drop in One Bedroom prices is the result of several brand new lower priced units at 1238 Decatur Street entering the market.

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• This neighborhood saw a significant yearly increase at 10% with all unit types increasing by at least 4%

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• Overall average rents for this neighborhood remained steady this month decreasing by merely 0.33%

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• Despite experiencing a significant 11.27% drop in monthly average rent, this neighborhood claimed the highest year-over-year increase among Brooklyn neighborhoods increasing by 10.5%.

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• This neighborhood remained the most stable this month increasing by only 0.25%, with all unit types experiencing minimal fluctuations

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• Overall yearly average rents increased by 6.6% due to a surge in Studio prices at 28.14%.

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• All unit types increased between 1.96% and 8.42% resulting in an overall average 3.99% rise in rent prices.

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• Overall average rents decreased slightly this month falling from $2,802 to $2,764

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• Spurred by a massive 22.67% drop in Studio prices due to an influx of lower priced new to market units, overall average monthly rents decreased significantly by 9.11%.

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• Although both monthly and yearly Studio prices increased by at least 23% these figures are misleading due to a one unit sample size for this category.

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• Typically one of the most stable neighborhoods in Brooklyn, this area experienced an uncharacteristic 9.65% drop in Studio average monthly rent

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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 crosssection of data from available listings and priced under $10,000, with ultra-luxury 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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