Data Point: 2021-04-26, The ZORI 2014-2021

Preamble: I'm going to start a new thing called the "Data Point" where I quickly put up a particular point of data. This is the first. There is a lot of data, there is a constant stream of data. And there is a lot of conversations. Sometimes these two streams do not appear to intersect. So: the Data Point. You provide the context and the narrative, but start with data.


The ZORI is the Zillow Observed Rent Index from, you guessed it, Zillow, Zillow provides a variety of data at their Data page.

Zillow's definition of the ZORI: "A smoothed measure of the typical observed market rate rent across a given region. ZORI is a repeat-rent index that is weighted to the rental housing stock to ensure representativeness across the entire market, not just those homes currently listed for-rent. The index is dollar-denominated by computing the mean of listed rents that fall into the 40th to 60th percentile range for all homes and apartments in a given region, which is once again weighted to reflect the rental housing stock. Details available in ZORI methodology."

So how does the ZORI look, by zip code, for Grand Rapids:

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I included an incomplete zip code to neighborhood correlation in the image.

Notably absent from the data is zip code 49503 which includes Highland Park, MIdtown, and Belknap/NOBL.

Surprising, at least to me, is that the COVID19 pandemic is barely noticeable.