Predictions for the Rental Market Heading into Fall 2009

Property Manager with Investors Choice Property Management CAL BRE LIC# 01124954

It has been an eventful year of foreclosures and short-sales, but don't start thinking we are out of the woods yet. The government's moratorium on foreclosures is due to lift August 31, 2009. As a small property management company that can often rent to people facing foreclosure, we are looking forward to what we think will be a brief respite from government intervention in our market. No one can say for certain, but I'll venture to speculate on the immediate future of our rental market-

It is going to get a little better in short order as the banks rush to push through as many foreclosures as possible through the system before the government stomps on the brakes again. I would predict the next moratorium gets put into place by November 1, or the 15th at latest. This should translate to an unseasonably busy September/October as the next wave of foreclosures hits the market, followed by a surge of new rental vacancy (to go with the abundance of vacant inventory we have already) as the REO's are bought up by speculative investors and returned to the market as rentals.

There are differing opinions on the effectiveness of government intervention in the real estate industry, but I think it is pretty safe to say that intervention got us into the current mess, and we know whom to thank for that. Do we really trust the same people to get us out of this?


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Comments (2)

Sandy Shores FL RealtorĀ®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Thomas, It will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out in the long run. Hopefully the whole house of cards doesn't come crashing in at the same time.

Aug 21, 2009 06:49 AM
Robert Machado
Homepointe - Sacramento, CA

Thomas, looking back on the 4th quarter I am interested to see what your company ultimately experienced regarding rental activity.  I had an average September, very slow October and very busy November and early December.  Predictably, later in December things are slowing.  Hopefully our Government will step back a bit and allow the free market to bail us out--not tax payer money.

James Safonov 

Dec 16, 2009 03:44 AM