In 2017, 37,000 homes were built as rentals, according to the National Association of Home Builders. That grew to 43,000 last year, or just under 5% of total single-family housing starts. But that is just homes built and held by builders for rent and doesn't include those sold directly to investors, so the numbers are likely larger and growing more quickly.
When you are signing the contract for an apartment, consider who will be living with you. If it is your entire family, then take into account all the needs and requirements of them. If you are going to get a flat-mate, make sure that it is someone that you would not mind having around all the time. Make sure that you are entitled to most common facilities that apartments offer such as housekeeping, pest control, and access to sports and shopping malls. On the other hand, obtaining a commercial property for rent in Colombo calls for a different mindset. Always look in terms of how much money you will gain or lose from your investment in the long run, rather than taking a decision based purely on the emotional aspect of that property.
The only operating expense for landlords is the landscaping. In addition, the rents for single family are growing fast at 4.5% annually now compared with 3% rent growth for multifamily apartments, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. There is also much less turnover in single-family rentals, and the rental market is much less volatile than the home sales market.
"We've got clients, multiple, well over a couple billion dollars worth of capital looking to place in this space," said Michael Finch, executive vice president at SVN/SFRhub Advisors, a new Phoenix-based commercial brokerage firm focused on single family rental and build-to-rent investment portfolios. "They are looking to acquire 5-6,000 homes in the next two years."