The only operating expense for landlords is the landscaping. In addition, the rents for single family are growing fast at 4.5% annually now compared with 3% rent growth for multifamily apartments, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. There is also much less turnover in single-family rentals, and the rental market is much less volatile than the home sales market.

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When you are signing the contract for an apartment, consider who will be living with you. If it is your entire family, then take into account all the needs and requirements of them. If you are going to get a flat-mate, make sure that it is someone that you would not mind having around all the time. Make sure that you are entitled to most common facilities that apartments offer such as housekeeping, pest control, and access to sports and shopping malls. On the other hand, obtaining a commercial property for rent in Colombo calls for a different mindset. Always look in terms of how much money you will gain or lose from your investment in the long run, rather than taking a decision based purely on the emotional aspect of that property.
Foreclosures, however, are now few and far between. Distressed properties — foreclosures and short sales ) — make up just 2% of home sales today, down from a high of 49% in March 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors. The regular existing home market is very pricey, so investors are now turning to a new strategy: Buy new. And suddenly, the so-called build-to-rent market is exploding.
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