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Almost All New Housing in Portland Over Last 5 Years Is Renter Occupied

By: Property Management Systems – Portland’s leading resource for rental news.

Thanks to a recent article on Portland’s and the US Census Bureau, we know that there’s been close to 50,000 housing units that have been added since the last recession across Portland Oregon and most of these housing units are properties are renter occupied units.

This trend doesn’t just apply to just Portland alone, most of the properties that have been built in Clackamas, Washington, Multnomah and also Clark Counties can be also classified as renter occupied properties as well.

What’s shocking about the statistics is that even though we have more properties for rent in Portland Oregon and surrounding areas than we did just 10 years ago, the overall homeownership rate across the region has fallen to just 60% and this also explains why Realtor’s® in Portland are having a difficult time with finding inventory to sell because, most of inventory right now is rental properties.

Where Are The Highest Amount Of Rental Units?

With the new data released by the US Census Bureau this week, we know that the highest amount of rental units can be found in Multnomah County where there are over 143,000 units that are rental occupied while the number of rental units that are owner occupied only totals about 900, a shocking less than 1%.

In a recent interview with Tim Duy, that University of Oregon’s chief economist said: “This is a pretty expected change,” when referring to the statistics that shows that there are more rental units in the area now than owner occupied units.

What are the reasons that we have fewer owner-occupied units in area than rentals? Tim Duy cited the fact that stringent mortgage lending standards could be one of the culprits but, he also drew attention to the fact that cities like Portland have attracted a large amount of younger residents who are just getting out of college and like many recent graduates they make less money than older individuals and often are not married or have families.

Analyzing the Pre-Recession Bubble

If you’re a renter who is looking for property for rent Portland Oregon, or a longtime resident who may have owned the property in the area before the crash of the housing market in 2007, you may remember that thanks to week underwriting conditions including mortgage loans like stated income mortgage loans, many people were able to buy homes regardless if they really were able to pay back for mortgages or not.

Clearly, the heightened [pre-recession] interest in housing as an investment, combined with weaker underwriting conditions, certainly did contribute to more owner-occupied housing than you really would expect,” Duy said.

Where Has The Homeownership Rate Actually Increased?

Even though the homeownership rate has been decreasing across Portland, that’s not exactly the case in some neighborhoods surrounding including: Northern Woodstock, Reed, Triangular, Sandy and Cully.

One area that’s also seen the biggest gains in new owner-occupied units is Washington County which has seen close to 3,000 owner-occupied units added to the area between the years 2010 and 2014.

The most popular areas in Washington County right now are the Hillsboro, Tannasbourne and Orenco Station areas.

Portland Oregon Economic Growth

Although we’ve seen fewer homes and properties for rent Portland Oregon in recent years the good news is that Portland metro area continues growing and most of the growth in Portland has been concentrated in areas like East Portland, Southeast Portland and the Hillsboro area.

From before to after the recession, the four counties grew by about 6 percent to 2,130,000. Multnomah grew the most, at 8 percent, while Clackamas grew the least, at 2 percent.Source –

When we break down the data even further, the fastest-growing neighborhoods and districts in the Portland area include the following:

  • Pearl District – 90% growth rate in last 5 years.
  • South Waterfront – Population has increased over 60% since recession.
  • Hillsboro – Doubled in size since in the last 5 years especially near Northwest 231st avenue and Northeast Cornell Road.
  • Happy Valley – 70 percent growth in last 5 years.
  • Sunnyside / Great Brush Prairie – 130 percent growth!

Low Income Families Are Moving Outside Of Portland

One common statistic that you may know if you have been studying properties for rent Portland Oregon, or general rental market news, is that lower income families having been leaving the Portland area in droves recently for more affordable areas that include the following:

Northeast Portland – 110 percent growth in areas like Sabin, Vernon, King and Boise.

Goose Hallow, The Pearl and Old Town – 60 percent growth. Read Full Article

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