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The number of renter households in the United States has grown steadily over the past few years, with 1.5 million households moving into rental properties just in the past year, according to a recent report by Freddie Mac.
That's put enormous pressure on the rental housing stock, tightening supply, and pushing up rent prices in metro areas across the nation.
Here's a look at the top 10 most competitive rental markets:
Source: Reis, Inc., Rent.com
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