HomeUnion Names the Best Real Estate Investment Opportunities in 2017

The company has identified the best metros for real estate investing and provides an in-depth analysis of the U.S. investment housing sector.

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 ten 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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After earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida, Tracey set out in the real world at Florida Realtors in 1994 as a communication assistant, working her way up to editor in chief of Florida Realtor magazine. In 2004, she left the association to start her freelance writing and editing business. One of her first clients was REAL Trends, and she started working for the organization in 2005. In 2014, Tracey was promoted to editor in chief of publications for REAL Trends. She handles the writing and editing of all REAL Trends publications and marketing materials, including LORE Magazine, the REAL Trends newsletter and the blog. She is also the primary podcast interviewer where she conducts interviews with top real estate industry leaders and affiliated industry leaders. Tracey is married with two children.

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