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Best Markets for Buying Single Family Rentals in 2017

Source: ATTOM Data Solutions
March 21, 2017

ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s largest fused property database, today released its Q1 2017 Single Family Rental Market report, which ranks the best U.S. markets for buying single family rental properties in 2017.

  • The report analyzed single family rental returns in 375 U.S. counties each with a population of at least 100,000 and sufficient rental and home price data.
  • Counties in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania post highest single family rental returns.
  • The report identified and ranked 25 counties with the best potential for future growth in returns on single family rentals.
  • Also identified and ranked in this report are the 10 best counties for renting single family homes to millennials.

Daren Blomquist, Senior Vice President at ATTOM Data Solutions sums it up nicely:

“While good returns on single family rentals are hard to come by in high-priced coastal markets, (…) solid returns on single family rentals will continue to be available in many parts of the Southeast, Rust Belt and Midwest for investors purchasing in 2017.”

Fannie Mae’s Support of Invitation Homes IPO Boosts SFR Market

Source: GoRion
February 17, 2017

GoRion’s Kerry Curry discusses the significance of the Invitation Homes IPO on the Single-Family Rental market with Roofstock CEO Gary Beasley.

  • Invitation Homes (IH), a unit of the private equity firm the Blackstone Group, owns about 48,000 rental homes and is the largest single-family rental operator in a highly fragmented sector still largely dominated by small independent players.
  • Fannie Mae’s backing of Invitation Homes’ recently completed IPO bodes well for the future of the single-family rental market as the government-sponsored enterprise’s decision to securitize a $1 billion loan adds an important layer of credibility.
  • “It’s a watershed moment for the industry; the scale was one of the largest REIT IPOs ever,” says Gary Beasley, CEO and founder of Roofstock, an online marketplace for investors to buy single-family rentals.
  • More than half — 57 percent — of the rental stock in the U.S. consists of single-family housing of one to four units, according to the 2015 American Housing Survey.
  • Beasley anticipates future growth in the SFR sector coming from both large institutional players and from small individual investors.

As our CEO makes clear in this discussion, Fannie Mae’s decision to back this IPO of the largest operator in the Single-Family Rental industry is a significant validation of the long-term prospects for the asset class and its continued future growth as a way to invest in real estate. Read the full article for more details.

Preparing Your Investment Property Strategy for Cycles in the Real Estate Market

Source: BiggerPockets Blog
January 18, 2017

The BiggerPockets Blog takes a look at how to assess which direction the market is trending and how to be prepared. Our key takeaways:

  • “Change Your Strategy” – Whether you’re a seasoned “flipper” or a multi-family property investor, exploring new opportunities in the market such as the growing demand for Single-Family Rental houses can significantly increase your options for finding great returns on your investment, both in terms of capital and time invested.
  • “Change Your Market” – If you’ve traditionally purchased investment properties in your local market, it might be time to try exploring new markets that offer greater diversification options as a hedge against fluctuations in a single real estate market.
  • “Be Patient” – Be confident in your underlying fundamentals and underwriting metrics so that you can ride out cyclical changes in the market.

Home-Price Increases Outpace Rising Rents in Major U.S. Cities

Source: Wall Street Journal
December 15, 2016

  • With rent growth flattening out and home prices continuing to shoot up, renting is starting to look like a better choice than buying for the first time in years.
  • Home-price appreciation is outpacing rent growth in all 23 of the metropolitan areas tracked by a national index produced by Florida Atlantic University and Florida International.
  • Roofstock Says: flattening rent growth is encouraging more people to become renters, while strong home-price appreciation indicates strong long-term ROI potential.

Top 3 Trends that are Reshaping the Real Estate Industry

December 09, 2016

With more and more investors looking for short-term rental properties, the need for resources to help those investors calculate their decisions is growing as well.

  • A study from the Consumer Reports Research Center found that 71% of millennials aspire to own a home, but only 26% already do.
  • Until recently it would have been difficult for anyone who wasn’t a real estate expert to find the necessary data to make those decisions. A group of innovative startups, however, are aiming to solve that problem.

Wall Street as Landlord: Blackstone Going Public with a $10 Billion Bet on Rental Homes

Source: Wall Street Journal
December 07, 2016

Invitation Homes IPO will test investors’ interest in the idea that the rental-home business can be institutionalized as apartments were before. Having invested $10 billion to purchase roughly 50,000 homes, Invitation Homes LP, the Dallas-based company Blackstone Group LP formed to maintain and rent those homes, has filed confidentially for an initial public offering that could come as soon as January.

  • These new institutional landlords say the move toward rentals further supports their business model. They point to tight lending standards and a generation of renters who are outgrowing apartments but are too burdened by student debt to buy homes.
  • Historically, mom-and-pop investors and regional players have owned nearly all the single-family homes for rent. Blackstone and other investors that emerged from the foreclosure crisis face unique challenges in joining them, beyond the chore of maintaining thousands of far-flung homes.
  • If Blackstone and its rivals in the rental-home business succeed, they will have created a huge new field in which Wall Street can invest. At about $35 trillion, U.S. homes are one of the world’s largest asset classes—collectively worth more than the $20 trillion U.S. stock market. Since the housing meltdown, big investors have spent at least $32 billion buying and fixing up homes, and they own between 1% and 2% of all U.S. rental homes, analysts estimate.



How I Used Real Estate to Completely Fund My Kid’s College Education

Source: Forbes
November 29, 2016

One Forbes contributor explains how he used investments in rental properties as a way to generate income and save enough to pay his kid’s college tuition. Investing in Single-Family Rentals using Roofstock is a great way to secure your financial future.

Market trends indicate 2017 is going to be a good year for housing

Source: Business Insider
November 22, 2016

  • Analysts are optimistic on New Home sales for 2017, although that might change with higher mortgage rates and policy changes.
  • Forecasts indicate that new home sales in 2017 will probably be around 647 thousand, and total housing starts around 1.238 million.
  • For comparison, new home sales in 2016 will likely total around 565 thousand, and total housing starts around 1.175 million.

Blue State Buyers Swing to Red Rental States

Source: RealtyTrac
November 18, 2016

RealtyTrac analyzes the trend of real estate investors in major cities on the East and West coasts investing heavily in Single-Family Rentals in the Southeast, most commonly in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.

  • “A lot of demand is people in the Bay Area and New York City looking to buy in the Southeast,” said Gary Beasley, CEO and co-founder of Roofstock.
  • According to an analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions, Florida has the most investment single family homes owned by out-of-state owners of any state, followed by North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, Georgia and Texas.
  • States where Californians own the most investment properties are Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Florida and Oregon, while New Yorkers own the most investment properties in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina and Georgia.

The renter population amongst high-income households is on the rise in large urban areas

Source: Rent Cafe
November 02, 2016

An analysis of  the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey by RentCafe revealed that about 1.2 million wealthy households joined the widening ranks of renters in the U.S. in the last 10 years (from 551K to 1.75M).

  • From 2005 to 2015, the number of renter households who earn more than $150,000/year increased by 217% as opposed to an 82% increase in the number of homeowner households within the same income bracket.
  • Annual increases in the number of renter-occupied households with incomes over $150K have exceeded those of owner-occupied households consistently over the last 5 years.
  • In large urban areas, the percentage high-income households renting vs buying is on the rise.