Investment Opportunities for Affordable Single Family Rentals

DSNews writes that renter households are trending older, wealthier, and more likely to be parents, which may lead to investment opportunities for affordable single family rental homes. Citing a study from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the article notes that while increased demand and housing inventory shortages have driven a surge in high-end apartments and single-family homes, the affordable side of the market still lags. According to the study, between 2006 and 2016, the number of single family homes available for rent increased by 4 million to 18.2 million. However, the increased number of single family rental homes has not kept pace with demand from renters, resulting in the diminished availability of these rental homes, especially at the affordable end of the market. The report states that "addressing this affordability challenge thus requires not only the expansion of subsidies for the nation's lowest-income households, but also the fostering of private development of moderately priced housing."

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