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Rental Costs The fastest and slowest yearly rent changes occurred in small Texas cities: Midland, Odessa and Pearland.

HOUSTON—The beginning of the rental season recorded rent increases of 3.2%, the lowest annual growth in more than six months, according to a RENTCafe monthly report with data compiled from actual rents charged in the 253 largest US cities. Compared to last year’s figures, the March average national rent of $1,430 per month is $44 higher.

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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