How High Do You Jump In a Landlord’s Market?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

Things that make this a landlords market right now:

According to Trulia rents jumped 5.3% nationwide last month.

Vacancy rates are falling with landlords keeping rents competitive.

Demand is strong but there is not much new supply on the market.

Three things driving the rents up:

Nearly 50% of the homes on the market in Tucson are short sales.  Those folks are out looking for homes to rent.

Many people do not qualify to buy a home.

Those that qualify are still uncertain about home purchase.

(Graph at left represents current Tucson rental homes on market.)


Things landlord should consider when thinking about raising rent:

Know your state and local laws about rent increase caps and notice.

Do you really want to lose a good tenant?

Overpricing, turnover and vacancy

And then, if you do raise rents, tenants stay but are unhappy – this can all lead to non- payment, evictions, property damage, etc.


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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Great piont, it's a balance.  We've raised rents a few % for homes this year and some rental prices for new offerings have increased 20% over what the previous tenants were paying.

Know whats legal and what makes sense (and CENTS!)

All the best, Michelle

Sep 06, 2012 10:59 PM #1
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

You raise some interesting questions when it comes to landlording Gabrielle.

Sep 06, 2012 11:20 PM #2
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker ABR, GRI

I raise mine every year in very small bumps. Its less sticker shock and they stay with me for years.

Sep 06, 2012 11:43 PM #3
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Pricing the rental at full market means that the home might sit for two or three months hence reducing cash flow. Price it right to place a great tenant.

Sep 08, 2012 01:10 AM #4
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