Posted November 14, 2011 by RentJungle

"While the homeownership rate falls, rental demand rises bringing rental rates up and apartment vacancies down – all of which has led Freddie Mac's chief economist to label the multifamily sector a positive signal for the U.S. housing industry.

"The improvement in the economics of apartment management has prompted an increase in structure values, property sales, and new construction for larger buildings," states Freddie Mac's chief economist Frank Nothaft in his October U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook.

After a 32 percent drop from 2008 to 2009, the' U.S. apartment values rose 18 percent in the first quarter of this year, Nothaft reports, referencing the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries apartment value index.

This rise is a result of the fact that many newly-formed households are choosing to rent rather than own in the current, unstable economy, according to Nothaft."

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