The single-family rental market undeniably has the potential to be a major asset class in commercial real estate. While in its infancy, investors have already shown fervency for the sector with an estimated $50 billion allocated for the SFR market. However, the pool of quality opportunities is smaller than most new entrants realize, and some developers are heading further outside of the urban core in an effort to place capital—but these remote locations aren’t going to deliver the returns investors are expecting.

“We have always implemented a main-and-main-type location into our strategy, but we have noticed a deterioration in location selection,” Mark Wolf, CEO of AHV Communities, a single-family rental developer, tells “The further out you go, when the music stops, those will be the first assets to go south. Site selection is paramount to anyone’s success in real estate; I don’t care what asset class you are in.”

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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.

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