Years After the Real Estate Crash, Renters Are Still on the Rise

Perhaps most surprising, single-family renting—initially perceived by many as a temporary solution for families who lost their homes due to foreclosure—continued to rise in popularity. The number of single-family rental households grew by 2.1% from 2013 to 2014, compared with 1.8% growth for households occupying multifamily rentals and virtually no growth in single-family ownership households.

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Investors snapping up new homes for rentals

It was widely deemed a temporary play: Large-scale investors buying thousands of discounted foreclosed properties during the worst of the housing crash and turning them into single-family rentals. When home prices recovered, they would surely sell them for a hefty profit. The housing market is recovering, albeit more slowly than expected. Foreclosure volume is way … Continued

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Ins and outs of single family rentals

Since the housing crisis, large institutional investment companies have decided to enter the rental business, lured by a supply of low-cost and foreclosed houses. “Institutional investors own an operate an estimated 200,000 single-family homes,” says Matthew Beck, spokesman for the National Rental Home Council, a recently formed trade group that advocates for the single-family home … Continued

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Single-Family Rental Market Sizzles in the South

Investors that buy single-family homes are much less interested in sudden changes in home values as the recovery in the housing market continues. Homes are no longer steeply undervalued. Instead, investors are looking for good long-term returns based on rental income from their properties as well as appreciation in home prices that is based on … Continued

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Racing to Buy Homes Sight Unseen

Advances in how companies use technology to evaluate mountains of data has quickened everything from stock trading to student test-performance evaluations to patient care. Behind the new speed in real estate is a change in how big buyers find most of their properties.

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