The Tampa-area third quarter 2017 vacancy rate was 4.6%, same as the quarter before but up 50 basis points year-to-date following a gain of 30 basis points all told the year before. October 2017 closed with vacancy at 4.5%. Although slowing, rent growth remains substantial. At $1,056 and $1,006 per month, third quarter asking and effective averages were up 3.6% and 2.7% year-to-date following increases of 5.1% for both averages all told in 2016. Gains for the third quarter alone were 0.9% and 0.7% to which October added increases of 0.3% apiece.