The company has identified the best metros for real estate investing, and provides an in-depth analysis of the U.S. investment housing sector
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 10, 2017 — HomeUnion, an online real estate investment management firm, has released its 2017 National Single-Family Rental Research (SFR) Report. The comprehensive study ranks 31 metro areas based on several factors, including investment opportunities for 2017, yields, rental demand, investment home prices and capital markets conditions. Atlanta topped the Opportunity Rankings list as the metro area offering the best real estate investment opportunities in 2017, followed closely by Orlando and Seattle.
“An excellent mix of rental housing supply and demand fundamentals, along with low levels of new construction and favorable entry prices, which mitigates risk for investors, were the factors we used to create our opportunity rankings,” explains Steve Hovland, director of research for HomeUnion and the lead author of the 2017 NSFR.
Here’s a list of the 10 best metros for investment opportunities in 2017:
|Metro Area||Employment Growth||Vacancy Decline||Rent Growth|
|Atlanta||2.8%||120 basis points||3.5%|
|Orlando||3.2%||300 basis points||3.5%|
|Seattle||3.3%||380 basis points||3.5%|
|Las Vegas||2.7%||150 basis points||3.1%|
|Chicago||1.2%||190 basis points||1.9%|
|San Diego||2.5%||90 basis points||3.5%|
|Oakland, CA||2.9%||30 basis points||4.4%|
|Detroit||2.1%||150 basis points||2.7%|
|Dallas||2.9%||30 basis points||3.5%|
|Memphis||1.3%||300 basis points||1.8%|
Nationwide, the SFR market will remain healthy in 2017, though increased competition from a wave of new apartments will slow the pace of improvement, according to HomeUnion Research Services. Nonetheless, vacancy will continue to tighten on a national basis, reaching the lowest level of the current cycle. According to recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, 805,000 households were formed in 2016. Of those, 434,000 were renter households.
“Strong job growth will encourage new household formation, particularly among millennials that have been living with their parents,” adds Hovland. “As most of these new households are unlikely to enter the ownership pool, this will create demand for rental properties. Additionally, higher home prices, limited inventory, debt burdens and rising interest rates will limit the number of first-time homebuyers to approximately 35 percent of the market, well below the long-term trend of 40 percent.”
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HomeUnion is an online real estate investment management firm. Based in Irvine, Calif., it provides all the services needed for individuals to invest remotely in single-family rental (SFR) properties. The company uses a combination of research and data-driven proprietary analytics to incorporate over 110 million homes and 200,000 neighborhoods into their database, and then delivers its solutions to an on-the-ground infrastructure that currently serves 11 locations. HomeUnion’s role spans the lifecycle of the investment transaction: identifying sound investments, handling all aspects of acquisition, maximizing income, protecting asset value, and selling the asset when the time comes.
Communications Manager, HomeUnion