Targeting Women Renters

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on January 31, 2013 under Rental Market | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

tenant screeningAfter the housing crash, more renters were created. As the housing and job markets recover, will most of these new renters become homeowners? Maybe not. Many factors that moved people into homeownership have changed since the economy collapsed, and the trends show that the rental market will continue to be strong—and fueled by women—for the foreseeable future.

Why women? Specifically, single women, according to economists. It all comes down to education, marriage and children. Back in 2000, the number of men and women in college was pretty even; today, there are three million more women in college classrooms, and four million more female college graduates in the workforce. Women over 25 are having a harder time finding educated men to settle down with.

Therefore, women are putting off marriage, children and home ownership. They don’t need three bedrooms, two baths and a yard when they’re single and childless. And even women with children are more likely to be single these days—and they also prefer renting in-city apartments to buying or renting single-family homes.

More than ever, women are driving the rental market. They like renting a nice apartment in a neighborhood they wouldn’t necessarily be able afford to buy a home in. Rentals come with lawn care and maintenance, and in many apartment buildings, gym facilities and other amenities women want.

Studies show that renter household formation is the strongest it’s been in decades. Most landlords and property managers simply aren’t seeing a big push of tenants becoming homeowners. And with 23 million young adults under 35 living at home with their parents, it’s likely that s job growth improves, millions of new renters will enter the market, increasing demand, lowering vacancies and causing rents to rise.

Remember, women want safety and security in their housing. That’s why it’s more important than ever to consistently conduct tenant screening on every applicant before signing a lease. You need to know whether the name on the application is really the person you’re leasing to, as well as if there is any criminal activity in his or her background. Screen for acceptable credit scores, too, so you know you’re leasing to the best possible tenant.

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