Jacksonville Rental Housing Market Thrives

By September 1, 2011Traditions Property Blog

Despite signs of a national economy that is not quite in the clear, Jacksonville’s rental housing market is going strong. Nationally, the rental vacancy rate has declined in the second half of this year. A lack of confidence in the housing market is causing those looking for homes to consider rental housing instead of buying homes. Whether you are currently a Jacksonville real estate owner or are looking to buy real estate in Jacksonville, Traditions Realty can help you to take advantage of this situation.

Traditions is your source for both homes for sale and homes for rent in Jacksonville. Interest rates are currently low, and it is a great time to buy a home.
If you are in the market, we will work with you to find your dream home. We can also help list your home for rent or find the rental housing property that is just right for you.  Read more below.

Fannie: Dark clouds loom but no recession

WASHINGTON – Aug. 23, 2011 – The economy was hit by a barrage of disappointing news during the last month, which led to a downgrade in the overall macro economic forecast released today by Fannie Mae’s Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group.

While the August 2011 Economic Outlook does not forecast a double dip recession, it finds that the chance of a double-dip recession is roughly equivalent to a coin toss. For all of 2011, economic growth is expected to downshift to 1.4 percent from 3.1 percent in 2010. Growth is expected to pick up in 2012, but only to about 2.0 percent, compared to the 3.1 percent projected in the July forecast.

“Key factors … have revealed that we have a bigger hole to dig out of, which explains the consumer angst over the lack of employment growth,” says Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “Moreover, European financial market and fiscal policy turmoil, coupled with the U.S. debt ceiling debate, have hit on consumer confidence, which is at recessionary levels.”

Duncan says Americans are clearly worried about global, big-picture concerns.

“Housing has moved into second position behind general economic concerns among consumers, which is demonstrated in our National Housing Survey results,” Duncan says. “Our July data shows that 70 percent of Americans think the economy is on the wrong track, up from 60 percent a year ago. In turn, despite historically low interest rates, consumers are still saying they don’t see this as a good time to go out and borrow money to buy a house.”

Housing activity is expected to weaken along with the overall economy due to a renewed decline in business and consumer confidence, and a weaker jobs forecast.

One exception is the rental housing market. The rental vacancy rate (the share of rental housing that is vacant and for rent) plunged from 9.7 percent to 9.2 percent in the second quarter of 2011, and is now at its lowest rate in nine years. A lower rate of homeownership suggests that a rising share of households have gone from owning to renting.

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