WS1147: Weekly Investor Update: December 5 – 11, 2021

Real Estate, Economy & Market News

Apartment Rent and Occupancy Hit Record Highs

Apartment rent occupancy soared to a new record-high value as it reached 97.5%. Asking rents for new move-in leases reached 13.9%. Even during the later part of the year, renewal lease rent growth has been rising at 8%. Analysts attribute the rise in demand to appreciating prices in the for-sale market, new buyers being pushed out by all-cash investors, and more people choosing to live with roommates.



  • Mortgage Rate (30-Year Fixed): 3.11 (as of 12/02)


  • Existing Home Sales: +0.8% (October 2021)
  • New Residential Sales: +0.4% (October 2021)
  • Median Sales Price for New Houses Sold: $407,700 (October 2021)
  • Construction Spending: +0.2% (October 2021)
  • New Residential Construction: -0.7% (October 2021)


  • Homeownership Rate: +65.4% (3Q21)
  • Rental Vacancy Rate: +5.8% (3Q21)
Sources: NAR, BLS, Federal Reserve Bank


Property Down Payments Reach a New Record

The national median down payment hit its highest level since at least 2005. The median down payment on a single-family home purchased with financing in 3Q2021 was $27,500, up 41% from $19,502 YoY according to ATTOM Data Solutions.

White House Looks to Fight Real Estate Money Laundering

The Biden administration is now examining the use of all-cash sales for commercial and residential real estate purchases worth more than $300,000 in 12 metropolitan areas, which it claims are frequently utilized for money laundering activities.

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Thousands to Lose Homes due to Bailouts about to Expire

As millions of homeowners were granted mortgage bailouts, allowing them to miss payments for up to 18 months, analysts predict that with the looming expiration, more than 264,000 homeowners who are behind their payments and 38,000 facing active foreclosure are likely to lose their homes.


Remote Work, Larger Homes are Driving Moves

Between March 2020 and October 2021, 37% of Americans that participated in a survey by a storage facility firm moved into larger homes while 39% stated that their relocation was prompted by the ability to work remotely.  

Top Housing Markets of 2022

Second-tier cities that offer greater affordability and more space than the country’s largest cities are predicted to experience the greatest price hikes and home sales, according to a new forecast by 


Rise in U.S. House Prices to Slow Down Next Year

In a Reuters poll, results indicate that house prices in the country will continue to rise at a double-digit pace until 2022, when they will level off and outpace consumer price rises and wages. Property values have exploded following on from extremely low interest rates and demand for bigger houses to allow for home office usage.


US Job Growth Stalls

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in the United States has slowed as unemployment levels dropped in November. The economy created 210,000 new jobs, down from a revised 546,000 in October and below market expectations of 550,000 jobs.

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