Wall Street investors are bullish that more Americans will choose to be renters, and they’re buying up even more homes to make sure they are ahead of the trend. The number of homes purchased by major investors in 2017 was about 29,000, up 60 percent from the previous year, according to real estate investment firm, Amherst Capital Management LLC.
This rise is eye-catching because wall street is banking on rentals to increase so much that they are willing to invest thousands of dollars into residential real estate. That is also the first time since 2013 that investors purchased more homes on an annual basis.
Investors are increasingly eyeing single-family homes over apartments. A rising number of apartments in recent years have increased vacancies and driven down rental yields. Investors are reportedly raising billions of dollars to purchase more homes this year, and they are targeting areas like Atlanta, Phoenix, and other metros with fast-growing real estate economies.
Pretium Partners LLC, an investment firm, announced Monday that it had raised more than $1 billion for its Progress Residential to add 26,000 rental homes to its portfolio. With the rising cost of homes all around the country, investment firms are seeing the shift to renting instead of buying.
In markets where there is little inventory to buy, some investors are building new. Transcendent Investment Management LLC , a south Florida firm, has secured more than $250 million to build thousands of rental homes in Southeast Florida. With new homes being built for rent, we may see an even bigger increase in the amount of people who rent instead of buy. This may also, lead more sellers into taking their listing off the market and put the house up for rent.
Investors are also targeting wealthier tenants for single-family home rentals. They tend to have children and need more bedrooms than apartments can offer, and they also may be more willing to pay a higher rent to stay in a nicer school district.