Investment capital is turning its attention to single-family rental communities in Phoenix. NorthMarq has called Phoenix the gold star for single-family rental investment. The brokerage firm has sold seven of these assets in the market since 2018, and currently has two additional listings, including the Villages at Queen Creek from TruVista Development. Investors are responding to strong tenant demand for well-managed single-family properties.

"From a tenant perspective, the demand has been fantastic," Trevor Koskovich, president of NorthMarq Investment Sales, tells "We are seeing people moving and gravitating to this product in the most insatiable way. This is happening for all of the reasons that COVID has created. We have low-density, private backyard, your own space, pet friendly environment and all of the benefits of a single-family home without all of the maintenance. From a tenant perspective, it have become one of the most desirable assets in Phoenix."

Investors are not only attracted to the tenant demand but also to the operational efficiency and stability of these communities, which often produce better rents and tenant profiles than a comparable garden-style apartment community, according to Koskovich. "The product demand has been so robust because investors see the operational benefits," he says. "Owners are achieving rents that are better than comparable garden-style properties in the immediate neighborhood, and there is more efficient operating than a traditional single-family home. Investors are able to operate these properties extremely efficiently. They are seeing great returns on these."

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.