To say that this is the strangest year most of us have ever experienced is an understatement. Let's talk about the changes that are happening in the real estate industry as a result of the pandemic.
First, the good news. The combination of historically low interest rates and people leaving big cities in droves has fueled the single-family housing market around the United States. These low rates are helping people who previously could not afford to buy a home to do so now. To get that ultra-low rate, lucky buyers who still have a job will be required, in some cases, to put at least 20% down and must have a credit score over 700 with proof of their ability to pay. Those unable to meet these requirements will largely remain in the rental pool.
But does a robust homebuying flurry hurt the residential rental market? Not really, except for rentals in large cities from which people are fleeing. Amid lockdown, people learned that they can actually work from home or anywhere that has an internet connection. Productivity levels overall have increased, and parents can be home with the kids. An office space is the newest must-have for a family home.