Current Reports

Affordable Housing Trends Report Spring 2024

As housing costs spiral, rental affordability has become a more urgent issue, burdening a greater number of Americans. Arbor’s Affordable Housing Trends Report Spring 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, examines the major policies and programs shaping the marketplace at a time when overdue federal funding expansions have increased agency budgets.


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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COVID-19 Uncertainty Slows New Investment Yet Sector Retains Resiliency

While the impact of COVID-19 contributed to a 0.9% decline in small multifamily prices in the first quarter of 2020, they are still up 5.5% from a year ago.

Chandan Economics’ analysis noted that annualized first-quarter small multifamily loan value fell to $55.2 billion, representing a 6.7% decline in lending activity compared to last year. Yet the report provides reasons for reassurance. The dependability of underlying multifamily demand and the agencies’ commitment to providing programs that maintain market liquidity support the sector’s traditional resiliency. Even with the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus, multifamily is expected to outperform other sectors.

Download the full report, “Q1 2020 Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report,” for the latest updates covering the following:

  • State of the Market
  • Lending Volume
  • Cap Rates & Spreads
  • Leverage & Debt Yields
  • Economic Outlook