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Rental housing heats up

Part 1 of 3: Real estate renters back in vogue

Editor's note: This three-part series explores what's happening in the rental market, how the industry is connecting with online consumers and what technology is helping them stay in touch. (See Part 2 and Part 3.) As the housing market cools down in many areas, rental housing is heating up, with rents rising and the amount of available rental housing dropping, experts say. "Demand is increasing for apartments because people say house prices are too high, and with interest rates going up, the affordability of home buying is less achievable," said Rachel Drew, a research analyst with the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. "This increases the demand for rentals," Drew said. "Because rental production has been low and replacement of existing units is not good, the supply is not expanding. So higher demand raises the price rather than increasing the supply." The analyst emphasized that individual markets will have different levels of supply and demand. "This is ...

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