Rental Real Estate Industry News – December 6, 2013

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In this week’s rental industry headlines, find out why building homes to lease is rising in popularity, and how apartment communities are catering to the needs of different generations. Know what questions to ask before a multifamily acquisition, and what to expect from the housing market in 2014.

Home Buyers are Scarce, so Renters Take Their Place 

Building homes to lease, rather than sell, has begun to make sense to home builders and investors because the pool of qualified first-time home buyers has shrunk even as the price of buying existing homes has risen enough to make new construction worthwhile again.

Young, Old Find Specialty Rentals to Fit Their Needs 

See how San Antonio apartment communities are catering to the needs of seniors, singles, and students. The developments meet the different needs of each generation and allow them to live their preferred lifestyle.

Multifamily Acquisitions: Five Deal Questions 

Best practices in acquisitions requires a plan of action pre-closing (of course).  Answer the following five questions prior to closing on your next acquisition and you will be miles ahead in creating a vision for the asset and how it fits within your holdings.

HUD Expands Energy Conservation Challenge to Apartments

The Obama administration is building off its energy conservation efforts within the commercial building space by launching a program that hopes to foster energy conservation initiatives at apartment buildings and condominiums.

Zillow Sees Higher Home Prices, Easier Credit in 2014

Wondering what 2014′s housing market will look like? Zillow expects home prices to continue to rise but at a more moderate, sustainable pace. Prices are expected to rise nationwide by 3%, after rising about 5% in 2013.

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