Nationally-applicable news about Investors Real Estate Trust, IRET Properties, and the 10,000 apartments we lease to renters across the Midwest.
As the Midwest continues to reap economic success from the oil boom prompted by the Bakken formation, apartment vacancy rates are at an all time low as demand for housing has far exceeded supply.
Many renters have pets, and finding an apartment or home to rent that allows them to keep their pets with them is a paramount requirement in many cases.
Renters across the country are constantly looking for innovative new ways to make their rentals feel more like home.
The middle class is a crucial contributor to the rental market, and are expected to continue to contribute to its growth despite the push for sustained tax incentives for homeowners.
The rental market is benefiting from the recent surge in investor interest in properties across the United States.
Real estate investment in the rental market is growing in popularity, which is leading to increased rental opportunities for Americans everywhere.
Decorating your first apartment might seem like a daunting task, but a recent list of tips offered by Zillow could take some much needed stress out of the situation.
The green initiative has transformed the real estate and rental industries with more landlords, tenants and real estate agents of both commercial and residential properties.
Rental vacancy rates continue to drop on a nationwide basis, but the fluctuations differ from metro area to metro area.
Renters across the country have a number of demands and criteria that need to be met in order to find the apartment or house that best suits their needs.
Although most experts agree that overall the housing market is recovering, there are still some outlier factors that are contributing to more individuals wanting to rent instead of owning a home.
Renting and buying are constantly intertwined with both industries ebbing and flowing on a constant basis.
The real estate market continues to grow and is expected to see further growth over the next several years.
Apartment living can be an exciting time in anyone's life.
The housing market has been in a vicious cycle since it initially crashed in the mid-2000s.
Real estate agents have endless opportunities to not only benefit from the housing and rental market but also to help those in need find the home or apartment of their dreams.
At a national level, economic sentiment hasn't been operating at a healthy pace. According to the latest data from Consumer Reports, economic optimism among Americans dropped from 51.2 in January to 48.9 in February, based on its Consumer Reports Index.
In Kansas, State Rep. Gail Finney and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau have drafted a bill that, if signed into law, would forbid employers from being able to ask for applicants' passwords to websites like Facebook and Twitter.
According to a new survey performed by moving company Unpakt, which was conducted by Harris Interactive, one in every four Americans say they would be willing to do several typically unpleasant experiences before they moved to a new residence.
Contrary to what many reports and analyses have suggested, more former homeowners are opting to rent because of the affordability and security that comes with it.
There has been considerable discussion about rental rates trending northward, largely because demand has outstripped supply. But based on newly released data, rent prices aren't increasing at the rate many people have claimed.
According to advice from the Appraisal Institute, obnoxious pets, untidy yards, loud music, shrubbery overgrowth and poorly maintained properties all have a significant impact on a prospective homeowner's property value.
A new poll indicates that approximately one in every four renters don't get their security deposits back from their landlord once they've decided to move out.
Whether wanting a change of scenery or a new job, many people may be interested in living in a new part of the country this year. However, given the rocky state of the economy, it's often difficult to determine where the best place is, as numerous factors play a role in how states perform.
According to strategy research firm New Geography, many of the world's least affordable real estate markets reside in the U.S.
The beauty and desirability of Big Sky Country are some of the main reasons why tourists come to Montana and the money they spend in the state has done wonders for its economy, new research finds.
According to The Washington Post, studies show that bike commuting is on the rise, and apartment units have made note of this, offering roomier units and garages on top of what already comes with a rented apartment.
Whether a home or an IRET Properties unit is the destination for Americans, one thing is certain: People are picking up their belongings and moving to another part of the country at a heightened pace.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released a new rule that could make it more difficult for prospective homebuyers to obtain a mortgage.1/14/2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released a new rule that could make it more difficult for prospective homebuyers to obtain a mortgage.
Tenants choose IRET Properties to rent a unit because they know the prices are commensurate with the market and are competitive. They also know that, based on industry data, the Midwest is one of the best parts of the country to live in for renters.
According to a new study from the National Association of Realtors, which was done in conjunction with Google, real estate searches on online search engines have soared 253 percent since 2009.
While high rental unit demand may seem like a flash in the pan to some, a recent report suggests that it's anything but a passing fad and will likely remain in place for a considerable amount of time.
There are a number of online tools that prospective homeowners or renters can use that can help them determine which part of the country is best to live in
No matter how the economy or state of housing may be, recent college grads or newly formed families have a question that they will almost assuredly asking themselves at one point or another: "Should I rent or buy?"
Midwestern consumers are bullish about the state of the economy.
When people pursue homeownership, they often do so for the emotional benefit, not taking into account whether its feasible from a financial perspective.
Recent statistics indicate that IRET Properties and its competitors are running full steam ahead.
In 2012, IRET Properties as well as other rental units around the country witnessed a boom in demand, as vacancy rates remained low throughout much of the year. And as a new study indicates, the market may play out much the same way in 2013.
As many recent reports have shown, home purchases can often be cost-prohibitive for many Americans today. This may partially explain why IRET Properties and other rental units are highly sought after, as vacancy rates are quite low.
The younger generation hasn't been buying quite as much as real estate observers might expect.
Though many real estate observers say now's the time to buy a house, a new report indicates that owning a home can be quite cost prohibitive for a considerable number of Americans.
The advantages far outweigh the drawbacks when it comes to moving to the Midwest.
According to a November 2012 issue of Housing Insights, Fannie Mae notes that homeownership rates have diminished, particularly among those who are young or who have just recently graduated from college.
As recent numbers have shown, renting remains a convenient alternative to buying, mainly because renting carries a number of advantages that owning a home doesn't.
As several recent reports have indicated, homeownership has diminished considerably. While much of this has derived from housing costs that price some people out of the market, it's also because of weak consumer sentiment.
Though housing experts say that now is a good time to buy a home, that may not be the case for many, as the homeownership rate has slipped. And though mortgage rates may be at record lows, asking prices have risen considerably.
While complexes like IRET Apartments may be in high demand today, some question whether the rental market will be as popular several years from now, as habitation trends have a tendency to change rather frequently.
Many real estate market experts say now is the time to buy a house. But as recent evidence makes increasingly clear, many people aren't buying what some are selling.
A considerable number of Americans say it's far better to rent than it is to buy.
People who may have been considering renting out an IRET Properties unit may have yet another reason to do so.
A new study suggests that there may be a significant gap between perception and reality as it pertains to rental costs.
Recent statistics indicate that household earning income is down considerably from previous years, and this appears to be having an impact on the variety of cities in which Americans can afford to purchase a home.
Housing conditions are such that many real estate experts say now is the time to buy. However, there are a variety of situations in which some people purchase a home when they would have been better off renting.
"America's Smartland: Growing Our Advanced Manufacturing," focuses not only on the state of the sector in the nation's heartland but why the region is an ideal place to live, whether it's buying a home or renting with IRET Properties.
One-quarter of the top 115 undergraduate institutions are located within Midwestern borders.
With mortgage rates at historic lows and sellers slashing their asking prices, many real estate experts say now is the time to buy a house. However, a recent article from the Seattle Times says that renting is often the better option.
Due to the slow pace of the economic recovery, manufacturing is one of many sectors that has taken a hit throughout the country. But recent evidence suggests the industry is primed for growth.
IRET Apartment tenants may have relocated to the Midwest for a variety of reasons one of which may have been work-related. And if they work in manufacturing, it may have been the smartest move possible.
It's little wonder IRET Apartments and other complexes are increasingly popular, as a new study suggests buying a home may not be the best idea for people hoping their property values will rise.
Renters nationwide - including those considering IRET Properties - typically like to have certain amenities in the units they occupy. And as a recent survey suggests, one of these conveniences they value is a strong cellular signal.
Americans may have an even greater incentive to rent at places like IRET Properties after a new report shows that rate increases have moderated significantly.
By the time homeowners turn 85, transitioning to renting tends to increase.
As vacancy rates have lowered and rental applications risen at many multi-family units, IRET Properties among them, the "real" rate of homeownership has fallen rather considerably.
While homeownership may be something that some people think is the ideal form of living, recent statistics suggest that some Americans are more than satisfied with apartment dwelling in places like IRET Properties.
A new report suggests that renters may have more help to turn to when it comes to finding assistance from real estate professionals at places like IRET Properties.
It appears more Americans are taking advantage of the benefits that renting provides at units like IRET Properties, as a recent report indicates residential vacancy rates have dipped.
Two new reports indicates that the typical consumer is bullish about the state of the housing and rental market - news that may mean a rise in occupancy at IRET apartments.
A new report indicates Americans take several things into consideration before deciding to purchase a home or rent an apartment at places like IRET Properties.
While location, job availability and recreation may be among things renters take into consideration before deciding on where they'll live, they're also often swayed by how friendly their landlords are to pets.
A recent analysis indicates that housing units like IRET Apartments are hot commodities in the real estate market.
Many of the states IRET Apartments are located in had business conditions in positive territory in the month of June, a recent report indicates.
By year's end, there will likely be more multifamily housing units throughout the U.S., as new construction starts are projected to rise when compared to 2011.
Residents of North Dakota recently voted not to abolish property taxes in the state.
North and South Dakota have now been added to the states included in the National Apartment Association (NAA) National Lease Program.
About 1.5 million households moved into rental housing during the 12-month period ending in March, according to Freddie Mac's June 2012 Economic Outlook.
A letter written to our Plaza Apartment Residents regarding rumors of Hess and IRET.
As the Missouri River levels rise, we want our Apartment Residents to be safe and know that we are here to help them.
Homeownership rates are falling as number of renters rises
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