Study shows hesitant buyers settling for condo and apartment rentals. While many first-time home buyers wait for the residential real estate in Fort Lauderdale market to stabilize, some are opting to take shelter in many condo and apartment rentals, which are very abundant in the area. According to Commercial Real Estate Outlook, a study published Sept. 17 by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), apartment rentals are expected to rise at a respectable rate due, in part, to a healthy demand for rental units. The apartment rental market remains optimistic. Multifamily vacancy rates are forecast to rise 5.9 percent in the second quarter of 2009 from 5.4 percent in the second quarter of this year. Average rent will most likely jump 3.9 percent in 2008 and 4 percent next year â€” up from a 3.1 percent increase in 2007. The figures are a result of would-be-buyers putting real estate purchases on hold while they wait for the shaky Fort Lauderdale Real Estate market to calm. Stricter lending rules as a result of the mortgage crisis have also barred some home buyers from entry into home ownership. Not too long ago, home prices were appreciating and everyone wanted a piece of the pie. Today, there are fewer vacancies and landlords are taking advantage of the trend by raising rents. However, in some bubble markets, such as Palm Beach, rents are slightly declining due to a large surplus of condos being rented out â€” the result of many apartment buildings being converted to condos during the housing boom. In the second quarter, rentals in Palm Beach dropped 0.5 percent, according to the NAR. While there are plenty of bargain homes available for current renters who think they canâ€™t afford to be buying a home in Fort Lauderdale right now, there are a lot of affordable condos and apartments for rent with luxury amenities and plenty of extras. A reputable real estate agent who is familiar with the local market can show you a variety of available units that go above and beyond your desired criteria and expectations. Downtown Fort Lauderdale rentals at Nu River Landing, WaterGarden, Symphony, 350 Las Olas, Waverly at Las Olas, Las Olas, Las Olas River House and Las Olas Grand offer a luxury downtown experience with restaurants and shops a short distance away. Avenue Lofts, The Mills, Foundry Lofts, Strada 315, Exchange Lofts, Nola Lofts and Bamboo Flats feature urban loft living in Flagler Village. Tides at Bridgeside Square, Vue Residences and L'Hermitage are just a few of the many condos available for rent at the beach. Do your own research ahead of time before meeting with a Realtor, so you can better describe what youâ€™re looking for. You canâ€™t tell too much about a neighborhood by simply driving through it. If you find a rental youâ€™re really happy with, it may be worth looking into purchasing it at a later date. Eventually, the rise in rents will plateau and hesitant home buyers â€” tired of turning over their paychecks to their landlords â€” will once again become bargain hunters looking to build their own equity. If you are considering buying, selling or interested in condos for rent in Fort Lauderdale, contact John Sabia today at 954-850-2397.
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