In honor of the new year the Real Deal solicited a group of real estate experts and industry insiders to get their opinions on where the Manhattan rental real estate market is headed in 2012. The experts agreed almost unanimously that conditions will be similar to how they were in 2011. Apartments for rent, they said, will still be in the grip of a strong market, and ultraluxury rental apartments will do particularly well. There was general consensus that average rent will either stay the same, or increase slightly over the year. Many experts said that high and stable rents will force condo and co-op prices upward, and most agreed that the rental market would overall be steadier than the purchase market.