While the 2008 financial crisis prompted a cyclical shift in U.S. housing — impacting everything from home prices to who can qualify for a mortgage — an equally impactful demographic change was just taking shape. The unprecedented wave of Baby Boomers that began retiring would disrupt the balance of the housing market.
COVID-19 Creates Immediate Challenges, Long-Term Opportunities
COVID-19 has hit the U.S. economy in full force. Yet leasing and investment brokers are still reporting a high demand for single-family rentals (SFRs).
Chandan Economics estimates occupancy rates on transacted SFRs increased to 98.5% in the first quarter of 2020. As a niche sector, SFRs benefit from particularly strong tenant retention. During difficult economic times, SFRs are likely to attract people who would otherwise choose to purchase their own homes. They also appeal to tenants wanting the flexibility of renting. The analysis concludes that with appropriate underwriting standards and financially secure households, SFRs should see a future surge in demand.
Download the full report, “Q1 2020 Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report,” for the latest insights on:
- State of the Market
- Cap Rates & Prices
- Loan-to-Value Ratios
- Debt Yields
- Build to Rent
- Future Demand