In a Seeming Paradox, U.S. Homeownership and Apartment Occupancy Rates Both Increase

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the national homeownership rate increased to 64.8% ending Q3 19. This was up 0.7% from Q2 19 (64.1%), and 0.4% from Q3 18 (64.4%). The peak of U.S. homeownership occurred in the third quarter of 2006, when the rate hit 69.0%. This rate moves up and down quarter over quarter and has averaged 63.9% over the past 5 years.
While the homeownership rate increased last quarter, so did apartment occupancy rates, which seems counterintuitive, but speaks to the continued strong demand for apartment rentals. In Q3, the U.S. absorbed 281,800 apartment units, according to data firm, RealPage. The U.S. occupancy rate hit 96.3% in the 3rd quarter. This is the highest rate since the tech boom peak in the second half of 2000.
  "While the home ownership rate bumped up a bit in the most recent quarter, it's possible for both the for-sale sector and the rental sector to perform well at the same time," RealPage Chief Economist Greg Willett said. "Demand for apartments in the prime leasing season of 2nd and 3rd quarters proved extremely strong, hitting two-decade highs in many metros." One factor contributing to the increase in homeownership was lower interest rates. After hitting almost 5% last November, rates on a 30-years mortgage fell to an average of 3.68% in October, according to Freddie Mac.

According to ATTOM Data Solutions, the median priced home rose to $270,000 in the third quarter, up 2.9% from the previous quarter, and 8.3% YOY-reaching a new high. ATTOM's Chief Product Officer, Todd Teta stated, "The third quarter was the strongest in four years, as mortgage rates sank back to near-historic lows, which clearly powered the market upward along with stock market surges and a continued strong economy. There had been signs before the latest surge of a cooling market, but they seem to have diminished, at least for now."

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With affordability challenges growing in much of the country - renters typically spend a larger share of their income on rent than they did a year ago in 28 of the 35 biggest markets in the U.S. - 42% of renters said that they ended up in a location outside of the area they initially considered. The most common reason was not being able to afford homes in their preferred neighborhood.

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