"It's viewed as an ancillary income stream. We see this as more and more renters may prefer to raise a family or live in a single-family home versus an apartment complex or community or building. And so it is part of our Apartment Living group," Toll Brothers CEO Douglas Yearley said on the company's second quarter earnings conference call last month.
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.
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.
Popular areas like the Galle Road are important business hubs and offers plenty of commercial property. Multi story house owners sometimes let out their ground floor for business outlets or offices. Renting property is all too common among businesses too. Lands for sale in Sri Lanka has been experiencing a rise in value with the ever increasing demand for real estate from both locals and foreigners. New business start-ups have triggered a range of property developments such as mixed developments, luxury condominium and modern houses in different parts of the island. Luxury houses for rent are a growing market within properties in Sri Lanka. Since popular cities such as Colombo, Galle and Kandy fall into the high price zone in Sri Lanka, houses for rent is a cost-effective option for many in current times. The country’s low cost of living and unique natural beauty makes this a wonderful living destination.
"I think that these funds, these investor groups are looking at a cultural move away from your garden apartment with elevators, swimming pools, tennis courts and common areas," Ellenburg said. "Homeownership is looking less desirable to some, particularly in the affordable arena, and they have a chance, for very close to the same price, to rent a three-bedroom, two-bath or a four-bedroom, three-bath home and are able to call it their own."
"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."
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