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Renters face a variety of choices as they're searching for a home. Location and housing type are two items renters didn't compromise on often when searching for a home.

harvard housing report highlights renters' struggles

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University provides an opportunity to reflect on how housing market conditions in the U.S. have evolved over time, looks at current trends and reveals how we still have progress to make when it comes to all Americans having decent, affordable homes.

Here’s some news to be aware of if you are a renter or a potential renter. The apartment leasing industry is increasingly using a new metric for approving leases: rental history.  It's becoming a key criterion for approving new leases,…

The demand for apartments remains strong and is likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future. A bruised housing market and sluggish economy have encouraged many people to choose renting over home ownership. According to a recent report from CNBC, many in this group are young, professional women. These women are proving to be a driving force in the apartment living boom.

As the housing market improves, apartment communities are looking for new ways to attract renters – which means improvements to apartments around the country could be coming soon. According to a survey of 6,800 property managers conducted by Apartment Guide, 76 percent of those polled believe they need to give their properties a facelift if they want to keep renters. And to know where best to invest their dollars, landlords are turning to residents for advice – meaning online ratings and reviews provide important feedback not just for prospective tenants, but for property managers as well.

At the recent No Place Like Home Conference in Anaheim, Calif., more than 230 leaders in urban development discussed the future of housing and made some predictions for the future. [find-an-apartment] Joel Kotkin, author of The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, believes that “the suburb of the future may well resemble more of a self-sufficient village than a prototypical suburb of the 1950s.” So what would a self-sufficient apartment village look like?