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Single-Family vs Multi-Family Renters

Single-family home renters earn more money, have more kids, and are more likely to be married than multifamily renters.

Comparing the 16 million single-family renter households to the 28 million multifamily rental households:

Higher income.  At $42,600, they earn 31% more per year than the $32,400 multifamily renters earn.

More families.  52% have kids, compared to only 30% of multifamily renters, who are far more likely to be under 35 or over 65. 58% of single-family rental households are headed by 35–64-year-olds, compared to only 46% of multifamily rental households.

More likely to be married.  38% are married, compared to only 21% of multifamily renters.

We have been fortunate enough to work with all five of the largest single-family rental landlords in the country, who have helped us understand this important component of the housing population — now reaching almost 13% of all households.

Lifestyle drives much of the preference between renting a single-family home or an apartment. Single-family renters tend to prefer a yard for kids and pets, and good school districts. They also prefer more privacy from their neighbors.

Many single-family renters would like to own some day but have not yet saved the down payment, have poor credit, or want more flexibility to move in the future.


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