Derek Mearns

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Competition Heats Up in REO-to-Rent Space

For years, the shadow market of single-family rentals has been a nagging nemesis of the apartment industry. And now more and more investors are fighting their way into the growing new asset class. Read more

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Multifamily Permits Boom in Secondary Markets

The latest data from Dallas-based Axiometrics shows that multifamily permits were on the rise in October in almost all major metros in the United States, but the biggest gains were felt in smaller cities like Charlotte, N.C. and Jacksonville, Fla. Read more

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Home Price Growth vs. Rent Growth in Top 25 Metros

Is the housing recovery really beginning to pick up steam? Take a look at this list to see how the top 25 cities fared in home price growth versus rent growth during the month of November. Read more

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10 Cities Where Landlords and Renters are Miles Apart on Rents

How realistic are renters when seeking apartment deals in major urban areas? According to the newest data from Apartments.com, the gap between what first-time renters want to pay, and what they have to pay, is deep and wide. Read more

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Top 10 College Town Destinations for Gen Y

The annual "College Destinations Index" produced by the American Institute for Economic Research, ranks the nation's most economically healthy college towns--and this year's list had some surprising additions and subtractions. New York? Boston? San Francisco? Nope. Read more

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