Tech hub rentals lose luster as coronavirus fuels urban exodus

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Rental prices within the nation's tech hubs dwindled last month amid an exodus of workers seeking larger living spaces as shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic force them to work from home.

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EXPENSIVE-CITY EXODUS LEADS TO MASSIVE RENT DECLINES IN NYC, SAN FRANCISCO

The desire for more space coupled with the fact that tech companies are extending their remote-working policies, "is putting pressure on rents in the most expensive urban metros and tech hubs," Danielle Hale, Realtor.com chief economist, said of the findings in a new report from her organization.

The Transamerica Pyramid, center, and Salesforce Tower above Columbus Avenue in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Overall, San Francisco saw the biggest declines with monthly rents for studio, one-bedroom and two-bedrooms falling 33.3%, 26.3% and 23.4% respectively.

Neighboring counties including Santa Clara and San Mateo also saw double-digit drops, according to the report.

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Manhattan, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C., which are some of the most expensive locales in the country, followed San Francisco with among the largest year-over-year declines.

The median studio rent in Manhattan was $2,395 in October, decreasing roughly 20% from the prior year although it was higher than in September. The median rent for a one-bedroom unit was $3,250, down 16.7%.

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While rental growth rates across the nation remain far below pre-COVID times, the declines are starting to narrow, according to the report.

Nationally, the median studio unit rent in October was $1,316, down 0.8%, while the median one-bedroom rent was $1,495, up 1.1%.

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