Suburbs with the Biggest Boom in Renters

Which suburbs have seen the largest boom in renters?  A recent report at RENTcafe analyzed data from Yardi and the U.S. Census Bureau to show which suburbs have led the way in the growth of rentals.  They looked into renter population changes between 2011 and 2016 to uncover the suburbs that peaked the most and analyzed the changes in rental prices.  From their research, they determined that the suburbs with a high influx of renters have also seen rents rise at a faster than the average pace.  Go figure…

“During the past few years, there has been a notable increased interest in suburban renting, whether caused by downsizing retirees, relocation or immigration. But some suburbs have led the way, seeing rapid development and spectacular gains in renter population.”

RENTcafe’s interactive table can be sorted five different ways to look at the data.

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House Flippers Facing New Challenges

We have had several recent posts about the economic condition of the home flipping market. With that in mind, a recent post on BizWomen says that in several housing markets there is a shortage of distressed and run-down properties that is making it harder for house flippers to find profits.  They point out that profits from flipping have shrunk to 38% from 42% over purchase prices, however they add that they’re actually lower when you factor in the renovation and remodeling costs.  And, as always, we have to mention that one elusive generational cohort’s effect on the market:

“, while reporting mixed numbers on the state of home flipping in 2018, still finds that Millennials are an attractive market for house flippers…..Millennials ‘want to move into a home that requires minimal work,’ Charles Tassell, chief operating officer at National Real Estate Investors Association, told”

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Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report

Remodeling Magazine recently released their 32nd annual Cost vs. Value Reportcomparing remodeling projects & upgrades with the value they retain when the property is sold in 136 U.S. housing markets.  It’s all about the ROI…

“While the overall changes since last year are modest, the 2019 Cost vs. Value report reflects the robust market that the remodeling industry has enjoyed over the past year. All projects covered in the report show an increase in value over the previous year…”

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State of Housing Demand is Suddenly Strong Again

Realty Check’s Diana Olick says that while demand is ticking up for housing, thanks to lower interest rates, there are just too few entry-level homes for sale.  She points out that the homes Homebuilders are building are largely in the move-up and luxury sectors, not entry level.   Indeed….

“Affordability is still an obstacle…The trouble is that while there are more houses coming on the market, and prices are easing slightly, there are still not enough affordable homes for sale.  Supply is increasing largely because homes are sitting on the market longer.”


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Top Ten Skyrocketing Metros

Existing home sales might be dropping overall but that doesn’t mean it’s happening everywhere. recently took a look at the nation’s largest 200 markets and identified the top 10 that were skyrocketing.  They say that these strongest housing markets have “so far have eluded the shifting tides, with double-digit annual price growth.”  Be sure to check out the story as it goes into particular detail about each city and why it made their top ten list.

“Even with the deceleration in home price increases … we are still seeing strong home buying in smaller metros that have good affordability and solid job growth,” says Frank Nothaft, the chief economist at Corelogic, a real estate data firm.

The top 10 skyrocketing housing markets are:

  1. Chico, CA
  2. Birmingham, AL
  3. Spokane, WA
  4. Greensboro, NC
  5. Columbia, SC
  6. South Bend, IN
  7. Trenton, NJ
  8. Reading, PA
  9. Killeen, TX
  10. Milwaukee, WI

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Landlord Hank: Tenants Have Frozen Pipes Who Pays To Fix?

If a tenant has frozen pipes and calls the landlord or property manager to come fix the issue, who is supposed to pay for the maintenance?  Veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi answers questions like this and many more from landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals.


Dear Landlord Hank:

We just had pipes freeze for the first time in one of our rentals this week. Tenants called to report, so I sent guy who handles our maintenance out to thaw the pipes, but who should pay for this maintenance call? Seems tenants should have been proactive but we had nothing in the lease saying so. Whose fault is this? How do you handle this issue?

-Landlady Eileen

Dear Landlady Eileen;

This is a tricky one.

I don’t know where your rental property is located. Do you have severe winters every year or is this a freezing weather unusual?

Are the tenants warm weather transplants that have no knowledge of cold weather problems or should they be expected to know how to handle these temps and effects on water and pipes?

Where did the freeze occur and could it have been avoided if tenants kept heat on and water dripping with cabinet doors open (so warm air can circulate more easily to pipes under sinks)?

Notes On Tenants’ Doors About Avoiding Frozen Pipes

We don’t have this situation occur in Florida but we do every winter in Georgia.

Make sure tenants are aware of freezing weather and put notes on doors with instructions to keep heat on, drip water and keep kitchen base cabinet and vanity cabinet door open.

I also go through those instructions with tenants upon move in.

I want them to understand that dripping the water doesn’t mean turning it on full force.

If tenants knew of potential freezing they should bear cost of frozen pipes

In my opinion, if tenants should have known of potential for freezing pipes and how to handle this situation and chose not to do so or did so inadequately, then they should bear the cost of repair.


Here are some related posts that might help:

Landlord Hank: What Is Your No. 1 Maintenance Request From Tenants?

Layin’ Down the Law– Handling Rental Repairs



About the author Landlord Hank:

“I started in real estate as a child watching my father take care of our family rentals- maintenance, tenant relations, etc , in small town Ohio. As I grew, I was occasionally Dad’s assistant. In the mid-90s I decided to get into the rental business on my own, as a sideline. In 2001, I retired from my profession and only managed my own investments, for the next 10 years. Six years ago, my sister, working as a rental agent/property manager in Sarasota, Florida convinced me to try the Florida lifestyle. I gave it a try and never looked back. A few years ago we started our own real estate brokerage. We focus on property management and leasing. I continue to manage my real estate portfolio here in Florida and Atlanta. “ Visit Hank’s website here.

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Zillow to Flip Houses in More Markets in 2019

Once again Zillow has expanded their home buying/selling program in several more U.S. markets in 2019.  According to HousingWire, Zillow will be soon be buying & selling homes in Miami, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Nashville, Orlando, Portland, Dallas, Raleigh (NC), Houston, and Riverside (CA).  As we have previously posted, Zillow’s Offers Program pays cash to buy houses from qualified sellers.  After the sale is complete (the seller gets to choose a closing date) the home will then be relisted.  The program is already in operation in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Denver and Charlotte, South Carolina.  Indeed….

“With today’s announcement, we are excited to continue to rapidly scale Zillow Offers throughout the country and we are well on our way to delivering a simple, on demand real estate experience to consumers in at least 14 markets this year,” said Zillow President, Jeremy Wacksman.

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States Where Young Adults are Most likely to live with their parents?

We’ve all heard the stories and the jokes about today’s young people (millennials, in particular) still living at home.  The folks over at VisualCapitalist recently put together an interactive map illustrating in which states these youngsters are still likely to be living at home.  They point out that an estimated 34.5% of young adults (ages 18-34 years old) in the U.S live at home – one of the highest percentages in recent memory.

Here are the five states with the highest proportion of young adults living at home:

Rank State Population (Young Adults) % Living at Home
#1 New Jersey 1.9 million 47.3%
#2 Connecticut 0.7 million 42.0%
#3 New York 4.5 million 40.5%
#4 Florida 4.3 million 40.0%
#5 California 9.4 million 39.3%


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Foreclosures at Lowest Level Since 2005

According to ATTOM Data’s Year-End 2018 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, foreclosure filings have reached their lowest level since 2005.  In 2018, there were 624,753 foreclosure filings (0.47% of all U.S. housing units), which was down 8% from 2007 and 78% from its peak in 2010.  In addition they point out that bank repossessions decreased 78% since their peak in 2010 and foreclosure starts were at new record low nationwide.  ATTOM’s year-end foreclosure report provides a unique count of properties with a foreclosure filing during the year based on publicly recorded and published foreclosure filings collected in more than 2,500 counties nationwide, with address-level data on more than 23 million foreclosure filings.

“Plummeting foreclosure completions combined with consistently falling foreclosure timelines in 2018 provide evidence that most of the distress from the last housing crisis has now been cleaned up,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer.

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Cities with the Most Non-Mortgage Indebted Seniors

As a recent post on LendingTree points out, while the retirement stage of life is something most Americans plan for, many just aren’t financially prepared. In fact, one common obstacle to a sound retirement is simply debt. To that end, LendingTree calculated the median non-mortgage debt balances for retirement-aged people in the 50 largest U.S. metros, and then calculated the average distribution of that debt.  Among their findings were that the average of median debt for retirement-age borrowers was $20,643 and the average credit score was 701.  Indeed…

“Debt is even more burdensome when it’s carried over into retirement. Paying for the usual ongoing expenses on a fixed income can be a stretch, and adding debt payments on top of that can push retirees’ budgets to the breaking point.”


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