News & Trends

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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Dupre & Scott Video Report: IN-MIGRATION FUELS DEMAND

In-migration appears to be accelerating in the Puget Sound region this year. That matters because more people moving here creates more demand for housing, particularly apartments. Here’s a quick look at monthly trends in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Thurston counties.

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Improving Markets List Includes 247 Metros in August

A total of 247 metropolitan areas across 49 states and the District of Columbia qualified for inclusion on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for August, released today. While this is eight metros shy of the number listed on the IMI in July, it is approximately three times the number of metros that qualified for the list in August of 2012.

The IMI identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. Three new markets were added to the list and 11 dropped from it in August. Newly added metros this month include Kankakee, Ill., along with Atlantic City and Ocean City, N.J.

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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Development Trends

DEVELOPMENT TRENDS The party has been going on for almost a year and there are no signs it's stopping anytime soon. We have updated information this week on more than 200 apartment projects that are under construction or in the planning phase, so we wanted to share some preliminary results.

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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Honey, I Shrunk The Apartment


Apartments are getting smaller again. The average unit size increased
dramatically in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. But developers are modifying design
ideas from the 1920s and 1950s to make smaller apartments work once again.
Costs to consumers as well as developers may be driving this trend. But
other factors are at work right now to make this trend work better than it
ever did.


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