While millions of foreclosed homes languish on the market at lower and lower prices, new data supports the idea that renting out these foreclosed homes could be the long-sought solution to the housing crisis. Rental units are leasing quickly, and the vacancy rate for apartments is at its lowest level in a decade, according to data released Thursday. In many areas, rents are rising.
On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke got on board, penning a 26-page white paper, arguing that now is an unusually good time to convert foreclosed properties to rental units for three reasons: demand for owner-occupied homes remains low, demand for rental properties is rising, and the problem of banks' continued hesitance to offer mortgages to everyday Americans means that the situation won't change anytime soon.Read the rest at The Huffington Post
Ben Bernanke's Solution To The Housing Crisis: Renting Foreclosed Homes
by Loren Berlin