March 2023 Grand Rapids Rental Market Update

Jon from Simple Home Property Management Group discusses the current status of the Grand Rapids, MI rental market going into Spring 2023.

Occupancy Fell This Year

Occupancy did fall this year as we see the market return to the normal seasonality of the winter months being slower. When there is snow on the ground and it is cold, people don’t want to move, so the winter months tend to be slower when it comes to the rental market.

Occupancy fell year-over-year in two-thirds of US apartment properties

Rental Rates Returning to Normal

The return to normal seasonal fluctuation in rental rates may be here. During the last few years while dealing with the pandemic, we experienced unusually-high rental rates for properties even during seasons that don’t typically command higher rates. Now we may be seeing the rental rates falling back to the typical lower levels during the winter months.

Rent rates returning to normal seasonality

Rental Trend Summary in the Grand Rapids, MI Area

Looking at the rental trend for a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment, we see there are some negatives because we are still in the winter months. However, overall the 3 month change was still positive.

Rental Trend Summary for a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment

Looking at the rental trend for a single-family rental home in Grand Rapids, rents are slightly up as we head out of the winter season and into the spring.

Rental trend summary for March 2023 for a single family rental property in Grand Rapids 49504

Collections Are Up

Collections are up in the US, and we are seeing that as well with the properties we manage. People are paying their rent which is always great news. Subsidized housing is down a little bit but is still higher than it has been in the past.

Market-rate rent collections are up

At Simple Property Management Group, our showings, emails, and interest in available rental properties was pretty good this winter. In fact, it was better than last year. This could be thanks to a milder winter with less snow giving people more opportunities to get out to view properties.

Home Prices Increased More Than Rental Rates

As you can see in the graph below, home prices had a dramatic increase in the last few years compared to rental rates. With all the talk of how much rental rates were increased, that pales in comparison to home sales pricing which had a significant spike starting in 2020. Some of the more recent rent rate increases could be attributed to investors’ having to cover larger mortgages on investment properties that were purchased at premium prices over the last few years.

Homes sales prices increase drastically more than rent rates since 2020.

Looking Towards Spring 2023

We are very positive about the rental market going into the spring season.

Looking for a property management company in Grand Rapids?

If you have questions about the rental property registration process or other property management questions, feel free to reach out to Jon at or (616) 329-6318.