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Anchorage Property Management Finds that Rent is the New Buy


The trending preference of renting over buying is good news for the Anchorage investment property owner. In fact, the National Association of Realtors estimates 5 million new households of renters to emerge in the next ten years. The eruption of new rental households is mainly due to the decision of millennials to put off homeownership.

It’s an Investors Market

Renters are more likely to commit to a long term contract, according to the most recent national renters survey. The survey shows the percentage of single-family home property renters committing to their rental properties for more than 5 years is 22%, 3-5 years is 14%, and those expecting to commit for at least 2 years is 59%.

These figures show on average that 25 percent of single family home renters plan to stay put for more than five years. These longer commitments make an impact in the Anchorage investor market due to more stable tenants and lower vacancy rates.

The Rental Life for Me

The millennial generation is known for putting important life events off till later in life. Owning a home is no different, as 60 percent of those surveyed said they don’t plan on purchasing a home of their own in the next five years!

When asked why they did not foresee homeownership in the near distant future, respondent answers were divided into three reasons:

  • 29% said they are unable to attain a mortgage
  • 33% didn’t want to be tied down and burdened by homeownership
  • 42% said they just enjoy the freedom and mobility that comes with renting


Featuring a Great Lifestyle

The survey also revealed renters top priorities when choosing where to live, and results were pretty consistent to past years.

  • Proximity to good schools (84%)
  • Safe neighborhoods (97%)
  • Proximity to parks (71%)
  • Access to a community center (64%)
  • Friendly neighborhood (94%)


With this explosive growth in the rental market and the rising rent rates nationwide, the Anchorage property management industry is growing as well. If you are in need of assistance to manage your rental properties, contact the leader in residential Anchorage property management today!


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