Rising demand and a tightening supply is force both commercial and residential rents upward, and signs point to an increase in prices continuing over the next few years.
“The supply side is so constrained because nobody has been building for years” due to the economy and the struggle developers face in getting loans, Mark Stapp, professor of real estate practice at Arizona State University, told MSNBC.com.
While rents have risen, the cost of home ownership has dropped. In fact, in 74 percent of major U.S. cities, renting may be more expensive than owning a home, a Trulia.com study has found.
In our region of Placerville, El Dorado County, California, residential renting has become more expensive. It’s a matter of few rentals available verses higher than normal tenant demand. Families that that were foreclosed on need to rent for a few years in hope of buying again, or? Let’s keep hoping for change and return to “Home Ownership” .
Source: “Office and Home Rent Will Keep Rising and Rising,” MSNBC.com (Feb. 6, 2012)