The downside of affordability
Sometimes it’s good news when the rent is low. It’s easy on the wallet, and if homes are affordable, that can mean more buyers and fewer renters. But flat rents can also reflect a stagnant economy or a deeply damaged real-estate market. Our list of cities where rents are rising the least—based on data provided be research firm REIS—contains both good and bad news about the way some of America’s cities are recovering from the recession.