The key to comprehensive evaluation of risk is thorough evaluation of the resident, property and portfolio. Unlike rules or judgment based tools or methodologies, CoreLogic® scoring and analytics tools give a forward- looking view of many key factors that impact future resident, property and performance—including the likelihood of residents paying rent on time and honoring their lease obligations.
While some consumers might question the safety of investing in real estate, purchasing rental property is traditionally a fortuitous opportunity and long-term investment for buyers and property owners. And, for those willing to take the plunge, there are several highly sought-after markets throughout the country that may offer strong and sound real estate investments—either through a traditional home purchase or buying a rental property.
New Single-Family Rental Index from CoreLogic Shows Slower Single-Family Rent Growth
Given the growing role that rental properties are playing in real estate, CoreLogic has developed a new Single-Family Rental Index (SFRI) to measure the changing rent dynamics of single-family rental properties. The index, which uses a methodology similar to our own CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI), as well as the CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index, measures changes in rents by comparing repeat leases on the same single-family properties. The index allows us to track the changes in rents while controlling for the mix and quality of single-family rental properties, which is a very important and unique feature of the index.
Nationally and at the Metro Level, Google Searches Correlate with Rental Prices
In Part I of this blog we discussed how Google Trends1 can provide insights into rental prices at the national level. Here we focus on the correlation between Google Trends and real rental prices for a few large metros. As with the national level analysis, structural time series models were used to extract the long-term trends from Google search interests, and real rental prices-per-square-foot were normalized to get real rental price appreciation since January 2012. Read More
National Average Rental Prices Unlikely to Fall This Summer
In a white paper published in 2009, Google claimed that Google Trends is able to help in predicting the present, in the sense that search volume data may be correlated with the current level of economic activity1. A growing number of academic studies have demonstrated that Google Trends can provide insights into home prices and Consumer Sentiment Index2, 3. Using CoreLogic rental price data4 and Google Trends for the category “Apartment & Residential Rentals,” a new analysis from CoreLogic shows a strong correlation between Google search interest and real rental prices (dollar per square foot)5. Read More