Total Returns to Single Family Rentals
60 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2015 Last revised: 31 Jul 2021
Date Written: December 2015
The market value of US Single Family Rental assets totals more than $2.3 trillion. We provide the first systematic analysis of total returns to Single Family Rentals in a long, broad, and granular panel. Total returns are approximately equalized across US cities at 8.5%, similar to average equity returns. On average, net rental yields and house price appreciation each contribute half total returns. However, they are negatively correlated in the cross section of cities. High-price-tier cities accrued more capital gains, while low-price-tier cities had higher net rental yields. Within cities, lower-price-tier zip codes have higher total returns.
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