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Apartment rents in Kelowna slide

Kelowna's cooling housing market has spread to rental apartments.

In June, the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city was $1,650, a slip from $1,750 in May and the record-high of $1,800 in April.

For two-bed places, the median in June was $2,170, down from a record-high of $2,310 in May.

"Kelowna ranked as the 7th most expensive rental market in the nation last month," said Crystal Chen, the marketing manager at Zumper (formerly PadMapper) the online platform that lists apartments for rent and creates the monthly Canadian National Rent Report.

That means Kelowna comes behind Vancouver, Toronto, Burnaby, Victoria, Oshawa and Barrie and is tied for 7th with Kitchener.

</who>Crystal Chen is the marketing manager at Zumper (formerly PadMapper) the online platform that lists apartment for rent and creates the monthly Canadian National Rent Report.

Kelowna's slide is surprising because previously it was always the third or fourth most expensive rental market in Canada behind Vancouver, Toronto and Victoria.

Because the price reductions are recent, Kelowna rents are still more than they were a year ago -- 8.6% more for a one-bed and 14.8% higher for a two-bed.

</who>The median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Kelowna in June was down to $1,650, for a two-bed down to $2,170.

The rent tumble is in keeping with what's happening in the house buying market.

After peaking at $1,131,800 for a single-family home, $829,800 for a townhouse and $557,00 for a condominium, the benchmark selling prices have eroded about 5%.

That has unsettled the market and prompted many potential buyers to take a wait-and-see approach to see if prices might go down further.

That sentiment has rippled into the rental market with potential renters sticking with their existing living arrangements rather than getting their first place or moving to a different place.

There's also the unaffordability factor.

While prices of homes and rents are down a bit, Kelowna is still considered unaffordable after run ups of 30% or more over the past couple of years.

That means that some people are still simply priced out of the market.

As previously mentioned, rents continue to rise in other cities.

In most-expensive Vancouver that means $2,300 for a one-bed and $3,300 for a two bed; $2,100 and $2,700 in Toronto; $2,060 and $2,750 in Burnaby; $1880 and $2,350 in Victoria; $1,690 and $2,000 in Oshawa; $1,670 and $1,950 in Barrie; and $1,650 and $1,920.

As you can see, Zumper's rankings are based on one-bed rents.

Kelowna actually has the 5th most expensive rents in the country based on two-bed costs.

The cities where rent is cheapest are St. John's where a one-bed is $870 and a two-bed $920; Edmonton at $960 and $1,250; Regina at $970 and $1,150 and Saskatoon with $990 and $1,130.

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