What Is Driving Lifestyle Renter Demand?

Lifestyle renters — those who have the means to own but prefer to rent or are willing to pay more for apartments with amenities — have become a key driver of rental demand in single-family rental homes, build-to-rent communities, and other types of high-quality multifamily housing. With this small yet influential demographic growing, our research teams examine and explain the factors driving lifestyle renter demand.


Build-to-Rent Well-Positioned to Fill Housing Market Gap

With nearly one-fifth of multifamily properties now over 65 years old, it’s time to consider solutions for rejuvenating the rental housing stock in the U.S. While building rehabs are a tried-and-true solution, build-to-rent (BTR) is an alternative that is well-positioned to expand as Americans increasingly favor renting over homeownership.


U.S. Added 514,000 New Rental Households in 2023

In a year when inflation and elevated interest rates weakened affordability, the rental housing sector strengthened and expanded. An analysis of newly released U.S. Census Bureau Housing Vacancies and Homeownership data shows the number of rental households climbed in 2023.

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Build-to-Rent Construction Starts Surge to New High in 2023

Over the last decade, single-family rental (SFR) operators have been increasingly focusing on build-to-rent (BTR) development as the needs and preferences of renters have shifted. As explored in the latest Arbor Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report, SFR/BTR development has surged at a time when new, for-sale, single-family home starts have declined.

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Arbor’s Ivan Kaufman Discusses Commercial Real Estate Returning to Normal on CNN

Ivan Kaufman talks commercial real estate and housing market on CNN Business

Arbor’s CEO Forecasts Commercial Real Estate’s Recovery from COVID-19

Ivan Kaufman, the founder, chairman and CEO of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR), was interviewed on CNN Business “Markets Now.” Sharing his views that commercial real estate will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, he said, “It’s not all doom and gloom. It’s an adjustment.”

In the article “Commercial Real Estate Flounders as Housing Market Booms,” reporter Paul R. La Monica contrasted the pandemic’s impacts on housing compared to other real estate asset classes.

Kaufman noted that the hospitality and retail sectors have taken a devastating hit. However, he opined that people will return to their offices. The article stated, “Kaufman said that many big tech companies, which have done well during the pandemic, are still committed to having people come to physical offices occasionally instead of doing all work remotely.” With major urban markets being some of the most impacted labor markets by COVID-19, this return to offices will help them ease back into normalcy.

“The complete elimination of offices is not happening. Many companies realize they still need them even though demand may be softer,” Kaufman told CNN.

He also predicted that the reopening of schools will be a factor in the return to normalcy. He pointed out parents can more readily return to their offices, after kids are routinely back in their classrooms.

The article covered more of retail’s challenges, with Brookfield Property Partners laying off 20% of its retail division due to the decline in shopping malls. However, La Monica also reported that essential retail with strong online, takeout and delivery services, along with the industrial sector, are thriving.

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