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This department of Rental Housing Journal is dedicating to keeping apartment owners, multifamily executives, real estate investors, landlords and other real estate professionals up to date with the latest trends in real estate, property management and more. Here you will find trends in rents, real estate sales, apartment development, the economy at large and property management and investing industry matters.

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Thu
21
Sep
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7 Trends Driving Job Growth, A Key To Rental Housing Needs

7 Trends Driving Job Growth, A Key To Rental Housing Needs

A new study highlights seven major trends that have influenced job growth over the years since 2010 after the recession, according to a release.

Investors, landlords and property managers all know job growth is a key to growth in rental housing and where the needs will be for rental housing. People holding these jobs will likely be your new tenants at some point now or in the future.

"At the heart of different factors shaping labor market dynamics today is this idea of constant connectivity," Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation, said in a release.

Tue
19
Sep
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Arizona Management Company Selected For Upscale Phoenix Metro Apartments

Arizona management company selected to handle three upscale Phoenix metro apartments

Mark-Taylor Residential was recently selected to manage three upscale multifamily properties in some of the most lucrative areas in metropolitan Phoenix, according to a release.

 The three communities, The Hyve in Tempe, Slate Scottsdale in North Scottsdale and The Met at Fashion Center, build on the company's growing portfolio of upscale properties.

The company manages properties in Arizona and Nevada.

The three metro-Phoenix area luxury properties include The Met above, which is next to the upscale Chandler Fashion Center.

Tue
19
Sep
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Apartment Residents Say Living In A Green Home Is Important To Them

apartment residents say living in a green apartment home is important to them

A new survey shows 84 percent of apartment residents say living in a green apartment home is important to them and 64 percent say they would pay more to live in a green home.

The survey also shows 85 percent of the apartment residents believe living in a green apartment home benefits their health, according to the AMLI sustainable living index.

The survey of more than 2,800 U.S. apartment residents is the first AMLI Sustainable Living Index survey of apartment residents on their views regarding sustainability and green living.

“This survey highlights that residents care about the environment and their health. They want homes that enable them to live a greener, healthier lifestyle,” Phil Tague, President of AMLI Residential, said in a release.

Fri
15
Sep
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How Do Multifamily Renters And Single-Family Renters Differ?

how do multifamily renters and single-family renters differ?

Multifamily renters make less money, have fewer kids and are less likely to be married, according to new research from a real estate consulting firm.

The research into the single-family renter shows the key differences between those who rent apartments and those who rent single-family homes, according to Mikaela Sharp, Research Analyst, and Chris Porter, Chief Demographer, for John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

There are 28 million multifamily rental households in the U.S. and 16 million single-family renter households. Here is how they differ:

Tue
12
Sep
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Rent For Houses Is Rising Faster Than Apartment Rent

House rent rising faster than apartment rent

Monthly rent for houses is rising  faster than apartment rent due to the short supply of rental homes and Portland home rental rates lead U.S. metros areas, according to a new study.

Rental houses have been in high demand since the housing market crashed, but a lack of supply has made renting those homes more expensive, according to a new Zillow analysis, as the median monthly rent for single-family homes is rising faster than the median monthly rent for apartments.

While rents for both houses and apartments have slowed significantly over the past year, median rent for houses rose 1.3 percent annually to a monthly rent payment of $1,404, but median rent for apartments rose 0.5 percent, to a monthly rent payment of $1,551.

Tue
12
Sep
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Apartments.com To Acquire Multifamily Websites Of ForRent.com

CoStar Group to acquire multifamily websites of ForRent.com

The CoStar Group plans to acquire ForRent, a division of Dominion Enterprises, pursuant to a definitive agreement for $350 million in cash and $35 million in CoStar Group stock, according to a release.

ForRent's primary service is digital advertising through a network of four multifamily websites — which includes ForRent.com, AFTER55.com, CorporateHousing.com and ForRentUniversity.com. ForRent had approximately 17,000 properties advertised on its websites as of June 2017.

Through the first six months of 2017, these sites generated over 47 million visits and an average of 3.5 million unique monthly visitors. ForRent is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, and has 475 employees located in 38 offices around the United States.

Wed
06
Sep
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Multifamily Housing Industry Sees Continued Market Growth

Multifamily housing will continue to grow over the next 3 to 5 years according to a new survey

A significant majority of the multifamily housing industry believes the rental housing market will continue to grow, fueled by increasing demand and a growing population, according to a new survey commissioned by Freddie Mac.

 At the same time, however, a plurality of participants is less optimistic about the outlook for affordable housing as compared to just one year ago.

Commissioned by Freddie Mac in partnership with the real estate media and intelligence firm Hanley Wood, the survey gauged the attitudes of industry participants in sectors:

Tue
05
Sep
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8 Big Housing Changes Driverless Cars Could Bring

8 big housing changes driverless cars could bring by John Burns Real Estate Consulting

Fully autonomous vehicles (AVs), or driverless cars,  should become commonplace within 10 to 20 years, disrupting entire industries while triggering structural shifts in housing and the economy, according to new research from John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

“The path to government approval and consumer acceptance of AVs will have hiccups no doubt, so we expect ride-sharing along with semi-autonomous vehicles to kick-start the movement towards AVs,” writes Rick Palacios Jr. Director of Research.  

Tue
05
Sep
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Multifamily Technology Company Launches Hurricane Harvey Website To Help Housing Providers And Residents

Real estate technology provider Yardi has launched a Hurricane Harvey website to aid its multifamily clients and residents in the region impacted by the storm, according to a release.

“We have many valued clients in the affected area, and it is important to us to assist those clients as well as their residents who may have been displaced. Thousands of people have lost their housing due to this devastating natural disaster, and we want to help in any way we can,” Anant Yardi, president and founder of Yardi, said in the release

Also Yardi has created a $1 million fund to support nonprofit organizations in the rebuilding of the areas affected by the hurricane. In addition to the $1 million pledge, Yardi is matching employee donations to the fund.

Tue
05
Sep
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Landlord Finds Child’s Body Encased In Concrete In Rental Home

Landlord Finds Child’s Body Encased In Concrete In Rental Home

The body of a small child encased in a concrete structure has been found by a landlord cleaning out a rental property after an eviction in Wichita, Kansas, according to police and news reports.

Police were called after the landlord and property owner, who was cleaning out the rental property, found a suspicious concrete structure emitting an odor inside the house and called 911, Lt. Jeff Gilmore told the Wichita Eagle newspaper. Officers got a search warrant and found the concrete structure and removed it from the house.

It was later discovered that it contained the body of a 3-year-old boy, Evan Brewer, based on preliminary evidence Gilmore said. He said it would take about two weeks for DNA confirmation.

Gubernatorial candidate, and former Wichita mayor,  Carl Brewer confirmed Tuesday that Brewer is his grandson.

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