Building homes for long-term rental went out of favour decades ago, aside from stop-start Housing NZ programmes. Now it’s back in New Zealand, but in its infancy, while overseas it’s become a recognised asset class for portfolio trading.
The US – without the same public sector dominance that has occurred in the UK, Australia & New Zealand since the Second World War – has a long-established corporate-built & -owned rental housing sector, commonly called multifamilies.
Without some of the support structure which exists in the US & UK, CBRE head of research Zoltan Moricz said it might be futile to throw them up as useful precedents for a similar evolution here.
Using local & US statistics, the CBRE research on build-to-rent development shows it can stack up on vacancy, diversification, cashflow, rental growth, yield & total returns.
Now that the New Zealand Government has produced statistics showing a low overall investment in New Zealand residential property by overseas investors, but investment that’s concentrated in specific areas, Chinese international real estate website Juwai.com has weighed into the argument.
In contrast to the new New Zealand government’s quick move to lock foreign investors out of buying existing homes, residential (apartment) portfolios are becoming a tradeable commodity in much of Europe.