The Wichita Rental Market Trend Report analyzes four key data points: active listing growth, renter lead growth, average renter leads per property, and the average rent price for two-bedroom listings.
Active Listings – Our first data set is the month-over-month change in the total number of active rental listings advertised on the TurboTenant platform. Factors such as seasonality will impact this number, with the rental season peaking January through August. Due to the pandemic, eviction moratoriums, and stay-at-home orders, more month over month fluctuations were reported in nearly every market we analyze. Traditionally, this data point helps us gauge the rental supply in each market and provides a more in-depth seasonality analysis. Through the lens of 2020, inconsistencies in baselines were noted. As we compare 2021 to 2020 we will work to glean insights into if and when the rental market is beginning to normalize and mirror moving and inventory trends of years past.
Renter Leads – Our second data set is the month-over-month change in the total number of renter inquiries to a TurboTenant property listing. This data point is the demand side of our supply data point above.
Average Number of Renter Leads Per Property – Our third data point brings together the first two to give us a better understanding of the competitive landscape in each location. We compare the total number on a month-over-month basis.
Average Rent Price – Our fourth data point is the average rent price for a two-bedroom listing. Our analysis begins in January of 2020 and will continue throughout 2021. We want to understand how factors such as outmigration, changes in remote work and school, and eviction moratoriums impact rent prices in any given market.
Wichita City Rental Market Trend Highlights for March 2021
In the first quarter of 2020, active listings reported for Wichita were not as volatile compared to other cities. January through March showed seasonally trending month-over-month gains. April and May posted declines of 38% and 62%, which is off seasonally but on par with other cities reporting during COVID. June and October posted great growth, but moving into 2021, listing growth declined and posted a 51% loss as of February. March showed exceptional growth with a 110% increase.
Renter Leads and Average Leads Per Property
Demand on the renter side in Wichita was strong in 2020 and continues to remain strong in the first quarter of 2021. In the first quarter of 2020 demand was increasing, and March posted the second-highest average lead count at 55 per property, second to September at 59. Demand dropped sharply in December which is on-trend seasonally. In the first three months of 2021, while lower than reported in 2020 are still posting double-digit lead counts at 35, 28, and 24 per property for each month.
Average Rent –
Year over year, the average rent amount for a two-bedroom listing in Wichita has held steady and was mostly stable throughout 2020. January of 2021 saw nearly a $100 year-over-year increase but has decreased and stabilized to 2020 numbers. Demand is high in Wichita, with renter leads per property averaging 28 per property, so rents may increase as the market tightens.
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