South Florida Rentals are Going Sky High

Written By: Emil FleysherSeptember 22, 2014, ,

South Floridians are feeling pain when it comes time to pay their landlords. Rent is taking a larger sum out of their paychecks than nearly anywhere else in the country. And, there is no sign of relief in sight. It takes 44 percent of your earnings, typically, to pay rent in South Florida. This is 14 percent more than the average throughout the country stated San Francisco and South Florida are tied third in the nation for the highest rent. Sarasota comes in second place with 47 percent and Los Angeles comes in first with 48 percent.

Even though renting is growing all across the country, the rapid increases in South Florida have begun to sting. A decade ago South Floridians paid about 34 percent of their income to rent, the average nationally is about 26 percent according to The hardship of renting has grown 29 percent since then; however, the national average is closer to 15 percent. Zillow is a home listing service that records data from home sales and rental listings.

The Real Estate Market Prices Are Off the Charts

Adding insult to injury, the real estate market is just going up, up, up. $250,000 or below is considered an entry-level single-family home, but there is less than 33 percent of homes with this description in Broward County. And, less than 25 percent in Palm Beach County. But unfortunately, with the prices of rentals getting higher and higher, new buyers are finding it harder and harder to save even for a down payment. However, even homeowners are feeling the pain with the property insurance skyrocketing. Some even speculate that homeowners are in a worse position than renters.

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