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Invitation Homes Exec Bullish on Single-family Rentals

On a recent podcast courtesy of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, Dallas Tanner, the Chief Investment Officer who co-founded Invitation Homes in 2012, says he’s enthusiastic about the future of single-family rentals. Admittedly, the single-family rental industry has a long road ahead. Only about 250,000 of the 16 million rental homes in the US are owned by institutions like Invitation Homes, but Tanner thinks the industry can easily get to 2 million. He expects to see more consolidation for three reasons: Good operators have emerged. Good operators can pay low yields for homes owned by poor operators and turn them into higher-yielding assets. Distressed capital eventually exits. A lot of mo

Homebuilders Are in For a Rough Ride

These are not good times for the home construction business. The housing market is in a slump, and homebuilder stocks are taking a beating. The S&P Supercomposite Homebuilding Index is down 21 percent this year, on pace to make it the biggest annual drop since 2008. Investors are increasingly worried. New home inventory is rising but getting increasingly expensive. Labor shortages, rising interest rates and higher commodities, such as those on imported steel and Canadian lumber, have made home building more expensive. And those who are depending on Millennials to start buying houses en masse, think again. This generation is in no rush to buy, opting instead for rental units. Another bad indi

Single Family Rental Landlords Have Wiggle Room to Raise Rents

The housing market is tight and the rise in home prices is driving many potential homeowners into single-family rentals. Rents have never been higher. But so is demand. According to Daren Blomquist, senior vice president for data provider ATTOM Data Solutions, “Demand for rental houses is still strong.” Therefore, there is still room for landlords of single-family rentals (SFRs) to raise rents in most parts of the U.S. However, SFR owners can’t raise rents too quickly or too much for tenants that have relatively-low incomes compared to the cost of their housing. These people are already “cost-burdened” and spend over 30% of their incomes on rent. Read on HERE: Consider investing in a profess

Unlike Other Big Cities, Chicago’s Housing Market Is Undervalued

According to a survey of from UBS Group AG, Chicago is the only major financial center where the housing market is undervalued. The survey of 20 financial centers, including New York, Hong Kong, Boston and London, shows that Chicago is an outlier. Most of the other cities are either overvalued or in “bubble risk.” Chicago is “a wonderful city, but its fiscal challenges are well-known,” says Jonathan Woloshin, head of Americas real estate at UBS’s global wealth unit. “When you factor in population flows, when you factor in income growth, when you factor in home price growth, that’s why Chicago scores where it does.’’ But hey, what’s wrong with affordable housing? Read on HERE: Consider invest

Falling Home Prices Belie Good Economic News

Recent indicators paint a rosy picture of the state of the U.S. economy; a robust rate of growth, low unemployment and rising consumer confidence. However, the housing market is lagging behind as home values soften. According to the Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI), the last time the home price index was this weak was in 2009. In July, national home prices in 20 cities rose by an average 5.9 percent, its slowest pace in 10 months. Weak income growth and a steady rise in mortgage rates have depressed demand and prices. The ECRI believes that this downturn is a warning sign that could presage an overall economic slowdown. Read on HERE: Consider investing in a professionally managed por

Report Claims Home Ownership On the Upswing, SFR Down

Despite recent news of a sluggish housing market, a report from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit), claims that homeownership is actually on the rise; and that by mid-2018, homeownership had nearly returned to the average rate experienced during the period from 1980 through 2000. This recovery in housing markets however, comes not at the expense of apartment rentals, but rather, at the expense of single-family home rentals (SFR). The SFR market grew quickly as millions of American households which fell into financial distress during the “Great Recession” a decade ago were unable to afford homeownership. All that has changed in recent years -- the number of SFR

Major REITs Are in It for the Long Run

According to a research report from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit), many of the biggest REIT players view these trusts as a long-term investment, not just ‘house-flipping’ opportunities. The priorities of the SFR sector changed as it became an established segment of the housing market. During the early years, the focus was on buying properties and then leasing them. Many of these homes were purchased at foreclosure auctions and needed capital investment to get them ready for renters. As the companies became more established and their portfolios grew from thousands of homes to tens of thousands, the focus shifted to controlling the costs of maintaining the

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