Stan Humphries, chief economist for Zillow, told the news source that while increases in rents and stagnant or falling home prices typically lead to strong home sales, rental demand isn’t expected to decline anytime soon.
While this may seem to bode poorly for the housing sector in general, Humphries added that a booming apartment market should eventually benefit the for-sale market.
“While it seems that rents are rising at the expense of home values, the opposite is true. A thriving rental market will stimulate home sales, as investors snap up low-priced inventory to convert to rentals,” Humphries told CNBC. “That, in turn, will lower the number of homes on the market, which will eventually help put a floor under the value of all homes.”
Until the for-sale market heats up again, property management firms should see substantial activity this year. Rapid construction and the federal government’s REO conversion plan are factors likely to aid business for them this year.