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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Caryn Effron

Caryn Effron

Ms. Effron was appointed to our Board of Directors in December 2021. Ms. Effron is a commercial real estate finance executive, angel investor, entrepreneur, and change-maker. She has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, capital markets, asset management, and capital raising. Ms. Effron was a Managing Director at Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, where she specialized in debt and mezzanine financing and has financed over $1 billion in transactions. In 2016, she co-founded Declare (f/k/a Parity-Partners), a community-driven leadership platform focused on mentorship and professional development for women and minorities within finance. For the past decade, Ms. Effron has been an active angel investor and advisor to diverse founders including Learnvest, Springboard, Finhabits, The Helm, and OurOffice. She is a Limited Partner in several women- and diverse-led funds including 645Ventures, Avid Ventures, Inspired Capital, Stellation Capital, Clerisy, and Invictus Global Management. Ms. Effron is a Founding Member and the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for a newly formed New York non-profit, IDiF, which seeks to advance representation of woman and minorities in the asset management industry, create a culture of capital that embraces diversity and accelerate economic justice. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Code Nation, which strives to equip students in under-resourced schools with fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Ms. Effron should serve as our director due to her diverse business and leadership experience in the commercial real estate and capital markets industries.

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