Zillow?recently?revealed?that the 43 million renter households in the U.S. spent $535 billion on rent in 2015. Aggregate numbers like these often make it difficult to truly assess a situation. For more clarity, we want to share some points that were made in a?Wall Street Journal?article?earlier this month.

The article made two important points:

1. Rents are increasing faster than the last several years:

??Apartment rents increased faster last year than at any time since 2007.?

2. Rent increases are accelerating

?Another report from Axiometrics Inc., a Dallas-based apartment research company, showed that rents increased 4.7% in the fourth quarter compared with the same quarter a year earlier, the strongest year-end performance since 2005?.

Here is a graph to illustrate the rate of increase over the last several years:


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