Single-Family Rental Investing vs. Multi-Family Rental Investing

When Specialized Fort Worth Property Management Company started out almost 30 years ago, the general public was mostly interested in investing in multi-family units or apartments. If people did invest in single-family homes, it was so they could fix up an older home and resell it for a higher value. Though this is a smart and quick strategy for making money, more and more investors are adopting a buy and hold strategy today. Just some of the reasons to invest in a single-family rental are: the investment stability, affordability, less tenant drama, an increase in demand, better available management, and a quick and easy exit strategy. Today, there are almost twice as many single family homes as there were 10 years ago during the housing crisis. In fact, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council, 43% of renters choose to reside in a single-family rental. Because of the increase in demand, property management techniques have changed. Learn the benefits of investing in single-family homes and how Specialized Fort Worth Property Management Company can help you maximize your profits. 

“We’re becoming a nation of renters — and not just apartment dwellers. Since the housing crisis, more renters are writing the monthly check for single-family homes. More of them are also writing checks to corporate landlords like Invitation Homes, Colony-Starwood, and American Homes 4 Rent. Back in 2005, ‘there were about 10.5 million single-family rental properties,’said Karan Kaul of the Urban Institute. ‘Today that number is north of 17 million. That’s almost a 70 percent increase. If you look at the other segments of the rental market,’ he said, ‘the growth in those units has not been close to what you’re seeing in the single-family market.’”- Marketplace

Investment Stability

People that want to live in a single-family rental are usually doing so because they like the stability and home life that a house provides but they also want the flexibility and mobility of renting. This means, as a property owner, that you’ll be able to rely on your good tenants who will take care of your property and most likely stay long term. With a long term tenant who pays their rent on time, you won’t need to worry about frequent turnover and vacancy costs that often play a big part in multi-family units, or apartments. You’ll also be able to form positive relationships with your tenants over time, decreasing the amount of tension around maintenance issues and neighbors. 

“From day one, you want to work on developing a positive yet professional relationship with your tenants. That means making them feel welcome and comfortable at the property, and providing them with all the information they need to start their tenancy off right. That includes contact numbers, details on your expectations, important dates and locations of the nearest grocery stores, schools, bus stops, etc. And, make sure they know where to locate emergency shut off valves for water and gas in case they need them.”- Zillow

Because single-family rentals usually increase in value over time, you’ll be earning passive income and can expect a very good return on investment. If you take a look at past real estate patterns, single family homes tend to appreciate much faster than multi family units. Since the value of single family homes is decided by supply and demand, and demand for places to rent is usually high, they appreciate quickly. On the other hand, multi family units are valued based on the rent being charged and the state of the home, meaning that value only goes up if all the rent prices increase in that certain location. 

More Affordable

In general, single-family rentals cost less than multi-family homes, such as duplexes and triplexes. The down payment required for a multi-family rental could be anywhere from 25-30%, while single-family home investors usually only have to pay around 10-15% down. Insurance rates are also cheaper for single-family rentals. In addition, there are many available options currently in the single family rental market, making it a buyer’s market. This means you’re more likely to find a better deal when investing in single-family rentals than anywhere else. Though paying for your property in cash would be ideal, it’s not always realistic. If your situation requires financing, single family homes often offer less expensive financing options that multi family homes do. You are more likely to be offered lower interest rates, longer terms, and higher loan-to-ratio values with single-family rental properties. 

No Tenant Drama

One of the worst parts about owning a multi-family rental is the tenant-to-tenant complications. Noise complaints, parking troubles, and plain old drama can make you feel like you’re parenting teenagers on a daily basis. Tenant drama like a divorce or a lost job can still happen, but are less common and usually more serious than complications in multi-family rentals. Though a property manager can help handle all of those things, it’s much better to invest in a single-family rental where those problems don’t exist. When there’s only one family in a home, there’s more privacy for them and less headache for you or your Fort Worth property management company. 

Demand Increase

As we mentioned earlier, people that are looking for a single-family rental enjoy the fact that they can live in a home with a yard and enjoy a great neighborhood with respectable schools. The growing number of millennials are looking to start families without having to buy a home. Wanting to keep their options open for spur of the moment travel plans or career changes, millennials appreciate the renting life. With a plan to stay long term, single-family tenants are more likely to take good care of the home and lawn while informing you of any maintenance problems in a timely manner. Because single-family homes are larger, contain land, and are located in higher-value areas, you have the potential as a property owner to charge more rent. Tenants are usually willing to pay more to be able to also enjoy the fact that they can leave easily, if need be, and aren’t 100% responsible for the property. Our Fort Worth property management company is still involved in single-family homes in regard to repairs, maintenance, rent collection, marketing, and much more. It’s up to you as the property owner, and the local housing laws, to decide how many expenses you would like to take on and what the tenant is responsible for. With the demand for single family rentals on the rise, they are the smart investment choice for property owners. 

Better Management

Specialized Fort Worth Property Management Company has processes and services in place that make owning a single family rental investment easier than ever. Rather than trust a property management company that uses multi-family business models to manage apartments as well as single-family homes, choose a property management team that has specialized in single-family rentals for nearly 30 years. Our technology-driven systems have proven the test of time and are still rated #1 in comparison to other property management companies. Specialized Fort Worth Property Management Company’s nationwide portfolio consists of over 70% single-family homes. 

Simple Exit Strategy

When you invest in a single family rental, the goal is to buy and hold the home, collecting the mortgage through rent. Once the house is paid off, you should sell the house and take home the profits from the increase in value. Fortunately, with the high demand for single family homes, you shouldn’t have a hard time with renting it out or selling it in the end. You can then use this money to invest in more properties or put it towards your retirement fund. If you’ve owned the property for a year or more, you may qualify for lower capital gains taxes when you sell. You’ll also be able to take advantage of tax breaks if the property depreciated in value. Investors also get an annual deduction that assesses the value of the home and how many valuable years it has left. To ensure that you make the most out of your single family rental investment, let Specialized Fort Worth Property Management Company help you along the way.

“SPM’s reporting and accountability is excellent. I have been impressed with the courteous, professional and efficient manner in which the affairs of my properties have been conducted. I recommend Specialized as an agent for handling rental properties.”- William M., Owner 

 Our team of experts will handle the everyday stresses of being a property owner and protect you against any mistakes made from not being aware of legal and local regulations. Our services include marketing, property showings, tenant screening, collecting rent, maintaining your property, providing you with detailed monthly reports and year-end tax statements, and much more. You can trust us fully to make your rental property the best it can be and help you increase your profits. Take advantage of our user-friendly online owner user portal, where you’ll have constant access to your rental property from any location. Contact us today to find out how Specialized Fort Worth Property Management Company can multiply and take care of your investment in today’s growing real estate market. 

Rent Rates Continue to Rise Nationally and in Fort Worth Property Management

All over the nation rent prices are climbing, with RentCafe indicating the national mid-year average at $37 more than last year, with the highest rates in Manhattan at $4,190, and Los Angeles around the $2000s and $2500s. These rates are increasing quickly, with significant changes occurring just since January 2019. Chicago and Denver are 2 of the largest renter hubs in the nation and they both increased by 4.8% and 3.6% respectively in just 6 months. A blog article from Housing Wire explains,

“RentCafé’s data shows that 88% of the cities analyzed in its report experienced a rent increase in the first half of the year. In June alone, 35% of the country’s largest 260 cities had rents that exceeded the national average, whereas only 5% of rents fell below this median.”

“In true seasonality fashion, June brings rent increases consistent with the end of the second quarter. Nationally, average rent prices reached $1,465 following a 3.2% annual increase and up 0.8% since last month — the highest monthly jump since May 2018.  Compared to last June, renters pay $45 more on average according to the latest rent survey from Yardi Matrix.”- RentCafe

Why the Rise in Rent Rate

America’s current housing crisis is causing the steady and significant rise in rent which is affecting just about everyone nationwide, including Fort Worth property management companies like Specialized Property Management. As housing prices go up, people who would have been homeowners are now finding it more affordable to rent than to buy. This has lead to an influx of potential tenants in the rental market and especially single-family homes for rent. This has also created more competition among tenants because lower-income-earning tenants are now up against higher-income-earning tenants and property owners want tenants that they know can afford the increase in rent and afford to stay for a long time. In addition to the rise in prices, there’s also been a decrease in the construction of new homes and low-income housing, leaving millennials with almost no option other than renting. According to MySmartMove,  

Millennials now make up the largest generation in history and have a large impact on the rental and housing market. Millennial workers make an average of $21.80 per hour, $5.78 lower than the national average. National rent prices are so high that millennials are spending a greater portion of their income on rent. According to RentCafe, the average millennial will spend about $93,000 on rent by the time they hit 30. This is 45% of their income going to rent between the ages of 22 and 30.”

Rent in Fort Worth Compared to National Trends

The recent increase is also true for homes and rental properties in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but at a slower rate. Fort Worth property management companies are happy to see the increase in rent because it means happier property owners with an increase in income. The rise in rent rates also means landlords can be more selective about tenants, which can increase the value of their property, decrease turnover rate, and continue the flow of a steady income from tenants who consistently pay their rent on time. Though the overall increase in rent rates is a positive thing for property owners, the slow growth of the Dallas area is raising concern in Fort Worth. Property management companies like Specialized Property Management are always up to date on current rent trends in the area and can help you choose the best rate to charge your tenants to stay competitive and avoid vacancies. According to RentJungle

“As of April 2019, average rent for an apartment in Fort Worth, TX is $1043 which is a 0.96% increase from last year when the average rent was $1033, and a 0.77% increase from last month when the average rent was $1035. One bedroom apartments in Fort Worth rent for $893 a month on average (a 0.56% increase from last year) and two bedroom apartment rents average $1139 (a 1.76% increase from last year).”

Good News for Property Owners

Though many people fear an impending housing market crash, the present and the future contain opportunities for rental property owners and rental property management. Fort Worth may not be rising as quickly as other cities in the nation, but it is still rising at a steady rate. This rise in rent rate allows rental property owners to make more money, cover their expenses, be selective about tenants, and make their property more competitive. Just by slightly lowering your rent rates or investing a small amount of money to update your property, you can make your property more desirable. With the large demand for leased single-family homes and the relatively small availability of these homes on the market, you and your Fort Worth property management company can decide who to rent to and for how much. 

Specialized Property Management 

You can look around the neighborhood to get a feel for how much rent to charge for your property, but trusting someone with experience and a vast knowledge of rental trends in your specific area can help you get the most money while maintaining consistent tenants. Specialized Fort Worth property management company takes the stress out of owning a rental property by doing everything for you in the right way. Our services include:

  • INSPECTING: Our team ensures the rental unit is “rent-ready” with curb appeal, making recommendations where necessary.  We also conduct mid-lease inspections to ensure lease compliance and care of the property.
  • MARKETING: We aggressively advertise your rental property across dozens of websites, post an eye-catching sign on the property, and post the vacancy to our high-traffic rentals listing and Youtube channels.
  • SHOWINGS: We prepare and post quality video tours of the property and take care of live showings.
  • SCREENING: Our team at Specialized Rental Property Management Fort Worth conduct rigorous background checks on all prospective tenants 18 years and older to place the most reliable tenants.
  • SIGNING: We prepare and execute all leasing documents in accordance with Leases & Addenda promulgated by the Texas Association of Realtors.  We secure rents and place deposit funds into escrow, and provide a formal new tenant training on how to care for the property.
  • COLLECTING: We enforce the rent collections cycle with a strict, yet respectful, process that helps avoid late payments.  We then quickly deposit rent funds to your account electronically.
  • MAINTAINING: We respond quickly to your tenant needs and emergencies, handling repair requests with our cost-effective team of qualified, insured maintenance professionals.  We also conduct periodic proactive interior and exterior inspections and preventative maintenance.
  • RENEWING: Our Fort Worth property management company actively works to retain tenants longer with excellent service and perks like our Resident Club.  As we proactively renew leases, we help you avoid costly turnover.
  • MOVING: When the tenant does move on, we process notices, educate the tenant on the process for a smooth transition, conduct the walkthrough and manage deposit disbursements.
  • REPORTING: In addition to the 24/7 client portal with on-demand, detailed accounting, activity, and maintenance reports, we provide detailed monthly reports and year-end tax statements. During the leasing process, owners receive weekly updates.

What Tenants Want

This article from RentCafe explains the rise in rent across the nation in more detail, with a chart that allows you to search your city and see what the average rent is there. It also explains what renters are searching for specifically when they look for housing in Fort Worth. Property management can save you time by doing this kind of research for you.

Rentals near me have dominated online searches throughout the first half of the year. Google searches including variations of apartment types within a certain radius of a person’s location have by far the largest search volume of the first months of 2019. Data on apartment-related searches showed that, next to a desirable location, the renters’ mindset is driven by functionality and financial awareness as the key terms that round up the podium are studio (6%) and cheap (4%).”

Since most tenants are looking for smaller and cheaper, marketing your property as such or showcasing all the other reasons why it’s worth paying more for is crucial to gaining consistent tenants. With the current situation being as it is, you also need to take advantage of this landlord’s market. Rather than spend your time worrying about how to market your property and interviewing tenants, it would be wiser for you to look into how you can invest in other properties, especially smaller, more affordable ones. Let Specialized Fort Worth Property Management take complete care of your current properties in Fort Worth and keep you in business. With our customer-driven service and seven specialized guarantees, you can’t go wrong by giving us a call and seeing how we can make your life easier, earn you more money, and protect you from legal complications. With rent increasingly on the rise, there is no better time than the present to invest in real estate. Call today!

Why Single Family Homes are a Wise Investment in Fort Worth

Specialized Property Management started out over 35 years ago, and we went into the property management business with a focus on managing single-family rental properties. At that time, most rentals units were found in multifamily properties like plexes and apartment buildings. Read more

How a Fort Worth Property Manager Can Attract Millennial Tenants

The Millennial generation is in the news every other day. This generation has been accused of ruining things from the 9-5 workday to bars of soap (according to a list compiled by Marketwatch). While millennials may not be ruining everyone lives, it is true that times are changing and the millennial generation is leading the pack. How should the rental housing market respond? Below, we discuss who millennials are, what they want, and how a Fort Worth property manager can help you attract millennial tenants.

Who are Millennials?

To start with, who are we talking about when we talk about millennials?

  • Young(ish): The Pew Research Center defines millennials as “those born after 1980 and the first generation to come of age in the new millennium.” Generally speaking, as of 2018 millennials are 18-38 year olds.
  • Tech-savvy: This group has seen rapid advancement in technology, and is the first to come of age in a world with access to the internet and cell phones. Many work in tech industries, and it is hard to imagine any millennials without a smartphone in hand.
  • Large: In 2016 millennials overtook baby boomers to become the largest living generation. Pew also reports millennials make up the largest age group of renters at about 18.4 million. As such, it is important that rental property managers stay up to date with why millennials are renting and what they are looking for in rental homes.

Why are Millennials Renting?

As mentioned above the millennial generation is often blamed for “ruining” industries, which is in part because they have different values than the generations before them. Millennials tend to value freedom and experiences over stability and material things. In the housing market that translates into behaviors such as picking up and moving suddenly for a job and using their savings for travel instead of a down payment on a house.  Also, the average debt of this generation is in the tens of thousands, making home ownership seem like a far-off dream to many.

What Do Millennials Want in a Rental Home?

For millennials who don’t want or are unable to buy a home, renting a single family home is the next best thing. As this generation enters their 30s, they are more likely to start a family and search for a home that is family friendly to settle down in, even if it is only for a few years until their next move. This generation also likes to have fun, so being close to amenities and transportation is especially important. Lastly, the Washington Post reports that a majority of people in their 30s own pets, meaning that they will be looking for a rental home that allows pets.

Tips for Attracting Millennials from a Fort Worth Property Manager

Now that you know a little bit about millennials, how can you go about attracting them to your rental property? With so many millennials renting, you may think attracting them is simple. However, as mentioned above, millennials have different values than previous generations. Here are a few ways an experienced Fort Worth residential property management company can help you attract millennials.

    • Use technology to your advantage in marketing. Millennials search for rental houses online. If you don’t have an online presence, it is doubtful they will ever find your property for rent. A property management company can list your house on several websites and even create a video walk-through so potential renters can view the house virtually.
    • Consider your lease terms. With many millennials desiring a “no-strings-attached” type of lifestyle, consider lease terms that will not hinder this. If you’re having trouble finding tenants for a long-term (more than one year) lease, consider offering a shorter one, possibly even a month-to-month arrangement. Your Fort Worth property manager can help you draw up a lease that will be appealing to these shorter-term renters.
    • Update your home with smart technology. If you have to make updates, consider going with the “smart” version of these updates. A smart thermostat, for example, will let your renter control the temperature remotely from their smartphone. These smart updates have the bonus of lower energy costs, and may even give you a tax-deduction (always check with your tax advisor about this perk before buying).

Why Choose Specialized Property Management Fort Worth

Your rental property business will be more successful and more lucrative, if you hire experienced property management. Specialized Property Management Fort Worth gives its clients proven rental processes that have kept up with changing times and changing tenants. When you choose to take advantage of the business expertise provided by our Fort Worth residential property management here are a few services you will receive:

  • Online Property Listings: your property will be listed on multiple websites to ensure full exposure to renters.
  • Owner and Tenant Portals: you will be able to view reports and pictures from your property at any time. Your renter will be able to pay rent and submit maintenance tickets with the same ease.
  • 24-Hour Support: when your renter has an emergency they call us, at any time of the day or night.
  • Advice from Experts: our property managers not only have years of experience with what works in property management, but they also stay up-to-date with what works now, for millennial tenants and every other generation too. Why not put that expertise to good use and make the most out of your rental investment?

To start working with a professional, experienced Fort Worth property manager today call Specialized Property Management Fort Worth.

Arlington Residential Property Management: Dallas Market is Growing Fast!

As the top Arlington property management company, Specialized Property Management is dedicated to staying updated on housing trends to serve you better. A Metrostudy report recently found the Dallas-Fort Worth housing market is the top new home market in the country. Dallas-Fort Worth earns this distinction despite rising home costs nationwide that are driving down home purchases. On the other side, rents are rising, and the millennial generation is renting longer than previous generations. What does that mean for landlords and Arlington residential property management? With an abundance of homes at reasonable prices and more renters on the market, Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding areas are great places to buy rental property.

Arlington Property Management Company Sees Rise in Renters

The rise in renters, as noted by Forbes in a recent report, is important for landlords. With freedom and flexibility as top priorities among the millennial generation, many people see renting as the no-strings-attached way to live. It is easier to pack up and move across the country if you do not have a mortgage to tie you down. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is booming economically, with large companies such as Toyota opening their doors and hiring workers. Workers with families are attracted to the area’s many arts and cultural amenities.  They are looking for single-family homes to raise their families.

Arlington Residential Property Management That Works For You

If you’re looking to buy rental property in the Arlington area, you need an Arlington property management company that works for you. At Specialized Property Management we see the renting trends and do the research, so you don’t have to. We get your home rent ready, market, maintain, and much more. For the best Arlington residential property management, call Specialized today.

How Arlington Rental Property Management is Changing with Millennials

According to Forbes(LINK), the rental home market is changing because of millennials. Individuals born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s are now in the midst of their careers and have money for a downpayment, yet they are choosing to rent instead of buy. This is good news for property owners and property management. Arlington landlords can use this new renting mindset to their advantage.

Why are Millennials Renting?

As Forbes(LINK) points out, Millennials are choosing to rent even when they may be in a position to buy. This lines up with the value system observed in this generation. They tend to place more importance on experiences and freedom rather than material things and stability. When you own a home, it is more difficult to move across the country for your dream job. Saving for a new roof means less money for traveling. A good Arlington rental property management team can help you market your home for this new kind of renter.

Picking Property Management Arlington Tenants Will Love

What does this mean for property management? Arlington landlords looking to appeal to the millennial generation need to know a few things. First, many millennials work for tech companies and technology is a huge part of their lives. Specialized Property Management makes your tenants lives easier with our online portal system. Tenants can log in to their portal and pay rent or submit a maintenance request. Second, marketing will look different. With many tenants moving from across the country, they may never drive by to see a For Rent sign in your front yard. Online marketing with walkthrough videos is important to reduce vacancy days and give potential tenants confidence in renting a home sight unseen. Fortunately, with an Arlington rental property management team like Specialized you get all these services and more.

Want to learn more about all the services we offer? Give Specialized a call today!

Property Management: Fort Worth and Dallas are the Best Places to Buy Rental Property

In an analysis of 30 rental markets, Business Insider ranked Dallas as the #1 place to buy a rental property. The Dallas Fort Worth area has become a booming economic center with large businesses, such as Toyota, moving to the area in the near future. With high paying jobs and cultural amenities like museums and theaters, you can be sure Dallas Fort Worth will attract many families who want to rent single-family homes.

Protect Your Investment With Property Management Fort Worth

For investors wanting to buy property in the Dallas Fort Worth area, there has never been a better time. Mortgages are still reasonable, with the median-investment home costing $199,300, and rents around $1,630. Dallas Fort Worth is a great place to purchase an investment home and make a big return, and with professional, experienced property management, Fort Worth landlords can make even more.

With Expert Property Managers, Fort Worth Landlords Win

Owning rental property is all about keeping your costs down. Cash flow is everything, but cutting corners can have consequences. Even though Dallas Fort Worth is a great rental market, landlords can lose big if their property is not run properly. Too often, landlords think owning property in a booming area will be an automatic win. Rental property is a long-term investment, and if it is not managed well, your investment could go south. With experienced property managers, Fort Worth landlords can keep costs down by performing proactive maintenance, placing qualified tenants, and avoiding costly mistakes.

For Property Managers Fort Worth Landlords Trust, Call Specialized

If you own rental property in the Fort Worth area, call Specialized Property Management. We have been in the business for almost 30 years helping landlords make the best return on their investment. Our property management team has the experience and professionalism you need to make the most out of this booming rental market. Real estate is a long-term investment, and with Specialized you can be sure your investment is stable for years to come. Call Specialized today to learn more about all our services.

2017 Outlook for Property Managers in Fort Worth

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The year 2016 proved to be a great one for property management. Fort Worth rental property owners saw rent rates continue to rise bringing in more income for their business. New construction continues to grow throughout the Metroplex. And, the relocation of many national companies to Texas brought new renters to the area. Specialized provides quarterly and annual economic outlooks to help rental property owners know what is on the horizon for their investments. Here is our 2017 outlook and how it could affect rental owners in Fort Worth.

Rent Rates

In 2016, the 4.8 percent year-over-year rental rate increase proved to surpass the 1.6 percent rate of inflation, with a typical three-bedroom single family home renting for $1459 on average. In 2017, these rates are expected to continue to rise making the same unit rent for over $1500. Even if the rate of inflation rises to over 2 percent, it will still lag behind the rental rate market.

Vacancy Rates

The rise of rental rates is beginning to stabilize demand which is predicted to keep vacancy rates in the low 5 percent range. Property managers in Fort Worth may experience a slightly lower vacancy rate. The end of Q316 showed the area with closer to 4%.

Mortgage Rates

The Federal Reserve announced an increase to the Federal Funds Rate meaning that 3% mortgage rates will be no more. We expect these rates to be closer to the 4% range in 2017.

Foreclosures

Currently at a record low since August of 2007, foreclosure rates are projected to remain low making it a challenge for property managers in Fort Worth to find a deal.

Housing Prices

Along with rental rates, housing prices are also on the rise with a national increase of 5.39% through September of 2016. While they have not yet returned to their peak prices of 2007, they are expected to continue to grow. However, with mortgage rates on the rise, homeowners will be hesitant to sell their existing homes to move to new ones as the cost will be more. This will limit the supply of current homes for sale.

While these predictions are mostly positive for property managers in Fort Worth, investors who are seeking to purchase new property may be faced with more of a challenge. No matter where you are in your journey as a property manager, our Specialized Property Management Fort Worth team can help you achieve your goals. Contact us today!

Fort Worth Property Management Teams’ 2016 Year in Review

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Each year Specialized makes predictions for what the year has in store for property managers according to the economic trends. While many predictions made in January are often forgotten by December, our Fort Worth property management team decided to take a look at the 2016 predictions to see how many of them were correct.

2016 Prediction #1: Investors will see shrinking opportunity for profitable rental properties.

This prediction proves to be mostly right as the supply of homes dropped to 4.6 months from the previous year’s 5.7 months, and the number of existing homes grew only slightly in 2016. With foreclosure inventories down to approximately 340,000 nationwide, the opportunities for investors to find new opportunities was a bit lower than in previous years.

2016 Prediction #2: Millennials will Begin to Form New Households

In January 2016, it was predicted that this was the year for Millennials to start to move out from their parent’s homes and begin forming their own households mostly in rental units. However, through September of 2016, only 1.16 million households were created as opposed to the 1.91 million in the same period of 2015. Homeownership also fell to a national low of 63.5% throughout the year.

2016 Prediction #3: Vacancy rates Will Stabilize or Slightly Drop

At the beginning of the year, the national vacancy rate was 5.2 percent for a three bedroom single family rental home. According to RentRange, this prediction was correct as vacancy rates fell from 5.4% Q315 to 5.2% Q416.

2016 Prediction #4: Rental Rates Will Outpace Inflation

At the end of Q316, an average three bedroom single family home was renting for $1,459 which represents a 4.8% increase over the previous end of year national rent rate average of $1,393. Though the consumer price index was up to 1.6% in October 2016, it was not up enough to outpace the rise in rent rates, making this prediction also true.

Fort Worth property management companies benefitted from these predictions as the local market continued to grow. Our local property managers Ft. Worth team is available to help you understand the market and look forward to the coming year to get the most out of your investment. Contact Specialized today!

Monthly Review of Texas Economy

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Texas continues to fare better economically than other places around the country. Companies are attracted to the state, so job growth increases. When other parts of the country seem to have hard economic downtrends, Texas stays relatively stable and experiences economic growth. Property management in Fort Worth should carefully watch the economy for indications of when investing in rental property and the demand for housing are changing.

Overall Economy

Texas has enjoyed a booming economy with businesses moving to the state adding job growth and people wanting to relocate to the Lone Star State. The Texas Leading Index gives an indication of what future direction and changes that might be coming in the business cycle. The Index looks positive because of stable stock prices of Texas companies. Jobs in the state continue to increase, and the unemployment rate is holding below the national average. A stronger dollar makes U.S. exports more expensive for overseas purchasing causing exports from Texas and the U.S. to fall. The decrease in the demand for oil and lower prices also slows down export growth.

Housing Prices

After a long run of house price increases, this past quarter saw some slowing down in the upward price climb for real estate. The price difference between the listing price and actual sale amount of new homes is widening. The price difference indicates a changes in the upward movement of new housing pricing as prices are starting to level out. Existing home prices are staying steady. However, the Texas Housing Opportunity Index indicates that the affordability of a home to a family with a median income is below the national index. Dallas housing is shown to be less affordable than compared to the rest of the nation where the housing market in Fort Worth shows to be more affordable than the nation. For investors looking to increase their opportunities in property management, Fort Worth would be a good place to start looking for those rental units.

Economy and Property Management in Fort Worth

Housing sales have also decreased as well as the number of permits issued for new single-family house construction. New housing is more expensive than existing homes. Overall, home prices are slowing down from their past increases.

As businesses and people continue to come to the state, rental owners should have their rental units rent-ready as Texas still has a higher demand for affordable housing than what it has in supply. Specialized is the leading property management in Fort Worth and surrounding areas that can professionally partner with investors for more successful real estate income. Find out how our proven processes can benefit your investment efforts at  www.specializedrpm.com

More information on the Texas economy can be found at www.recenter.tamu.edu/research/the-texas-economy