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December 5, 2011

Property Managers Thrive as Rentals Soar

Hi Folks,

   Hope you all had a great weekend, whether you were doing Holiday shopping or anything else to relax this past weekend.

   For quite some time, many honest and hard working Property Managers were being grouped into the same category as some bad apples in their field. However, since people are having difficulties purchasing homes due to mortgage rules, etc, rentals are soaring, and in conjunction, Property Managers are flourishing.

   If you are not sure of what the functions of a Rental Property Manager are, they "handle such tasks as screening tenants, helping landlords set rents, resolving disputes and ensuring lawns get mowed. They charge homeowners about 8 percent to 14 percent of the monthly rent, depending on the manager and city", as told by Hui-yong Yu on businessweek.com.

   Time for some hard facts from Yu in the article, "Once ‘Ugly’ Property Management Grows as U.S. Home Rentals Surge", Renter household formation "surpassed new owner-occupied homes in 2007 for the first time since 1985 and has held the lead since", per the U.S. Census Bureau data". Additionally, U.S. apartment vacancies fell to a five-year low in the third quarter, according to Reis Inc., a New York-based real estate research company. Supply and Demand - less vacancies means less apartments available, and thus, higher rents. Diane Castanes, a partner at Phillips Real Estate Services in Seattle, mentioned that “When rents go up, that gives people enough cash flow to hire professional management,”

   “There has been a dramatic shift toward renting,” Chris Herbert, research director of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and as Yu said, services for rental properties are thriving "following a surge in foreclosures and stiffening of mortgage standards". This led to an explosion in membership in the National Association of Residential Property Managers over the past five years, according to the Chesapeake, Virginia-based trade group".

   This is where this story becomes extremely interesting.

   "Property management may have a role to play in fixing the housing crisis", said Reggie Brown, chief executive officer of All Property Management LLC, a Seattle-based Web service, in a segment of Yu's article. A few months back, the FHFA, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, was looking for ideas on "handling foreclosed homes held by the government", to the tune of about 248,000 as of June.

   Brown "filed a suggestion with the FHFA that the homes be put up for rent with property managers hired to oversee them", which was a fantastic idea. "What’s going to change is the percentage of U.S. households that are rental versus owner-occupied,” he said. “It’s now almost 40 percent, but that number is definitely going to grow.”

   From our standpoint, this is a great idea on many levels. With the proposal from Brown, coupled with our proposal to Rent to Own these homes (to generate immediate revenue), I definitely feel this would make a large impact on the Housing Market.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Websites: http://www.lease2buy.com and http://www.homerunhomes.com

TAGS: #PropertyManager #rentalproperties #foreclosures #RenttoOwn #screeningtenants #homeowners #owneroccupiedhomes #apartmentvacancies #FHFA #Rentals #mortgagerules

May 13, 2011

A Closer Look at Expensive Luxury Rentals in NYC

Hi Folks,

   Good Morning to you all !

   We were just featured in a great article in AMNY, titled, "NYC's wealthy, leery of buying, embrace super-pricey rentals", which was authored by Graham Wood & Sheila Anne Feeney.

   The article discusses, as the title suggests, the uber-pricey rentals in New York City.

Here are the specific quotes mentioning our website:

Robert Eisenstein of HomeRun Homes, an online rent-to-own service that homeowners use to list their properties for rent when they can’t sell, said interest in the site “has spiked as people realize they need to rent to own or face the alternative of sitting and waiting it out while still making payments.” Many tenants sign 12- to 36-month leases before buying the property, he said.

“This sector of the market has been filing up fast,” Eisenstein said


Who's renting $50,000 pads?
People who want a taste of the shi shi lifestyle before they decide to make a more permanent investment will rent luxury properties for a period of time before buying, Eisenstein said.

Head on over to the link (http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/nyc-s-wealthy-leery-of-buying-embrace-super-pricey-rentals-1.2871475) so you can read the full story on this very interesting topic.

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Website http://www.lease2buy.com

August 30, 2010

10 Million New Renters?

Good Morning,

   We hope everyone had a great weekend. We certainly hit a homerun (no pun intended) here on the East Coast with golden sunshine, deep blue skies, and low humidity all weekend long. Ahhh...allergies !!

   When looking over some stories on a Google search the other day, I came across a story titled, "Renter Nation", in which the author says that, "The recession and shifting demographics will swell the ranks of people who will rent, not buy, housing over the next five years", and he deduces that, "roughly 10 million extra folks could be moving into rentals over the next five years". While this could be a frightening prospect for those who are thinking about selling their homes within the next 5 years, this does still hold optimism for some segments of the market.

   Those who are looking to sell their home would not have to stretch far across the table to rent their home with an option to buy, or Rent to Own. More often than not, those looking for a rental home will jump at the opportunity to earn some equity while they are renting. In this respect, these numbers hold promise. For Realtors, they will still earn the rental fee. For those who are renting out homes in the first place, they could see a surge in demand, which might potentially drive up some rental prices in certain areas.

   What would be the "Butterfly Effect" of such increases in rental prices? Good Economic sense tells us what should happen, but things have been so very far off from common sense over the past few years, that I would not even venture a guess. We welcome your opinions and comments on this question.

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !

July 15, 2010

What Tenants Look For In a Rental Property

Hi Everyone,

Yes, we know that we don't usually post on Thursdays, however, we wanted to pass along a great article that we were interviewed for, called, "What Tenants Look For In a Rental Property". In that article, w have listed the 10 most common things that tenants were looking for in a home over the past 60 days.

To Summarize, these 10 items are:
1. Double Garage/2 Car Garage
2. Some Land/Acreage
3. Must Allow Pets
4. Pool
5. School District
6. Basement – Nice Size & Finished Basement
7. Proximity to transportation (Bus/Subway, etc)
8. Backyard Would Be Nice. A Three Bedroom Would Also Work.
9. Fireplace.
10. Washer/Dryer Hook Up

We were very kindly referred to as, "HomeRun Homes (www.Lease2Buy.com), a rent-to-own classifieds powerhouse" and "...a highly-ranked online classifieds service exclusively for rent-to-own properties", of which we are very proud of! The full article can be seen here: http://www.american-apartment-owners-association.org/blog/2010/07/14/what-tenants-look-for-in-a-rental-property/

Have a Great Day, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !!

February 7, 2010

Added New Advertising on our site

OK, so we saw a niche and filled it well! Seriously, though, we had tons of requests from cutomers who wanted a broader advertising spectrum on our site, so we started offering a granular approach, i.e. in Welcome E-mails, Renewal mails, in the Newsletter, etc.

So, for the full skinny on all the details, check out the "Breakthrough Approach Permits Granular Marketing to Home Rental Market" Press Release link at http://www.lease2buy.com/press.php

Cheers from your friendly Rent to Own Crew at HomeRun Homes (www.Lease2Buy.com)