flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

Build-to-Rent Amenity Trends for a Changing Consumer Demographic

billboard - default
Build to Rent

Build-to-Rent Amenity Trends for a Changing Consumer Demographic

Build-to-rent tenants are seeking more practical and comfortable design features, and developers are adapting and delivering

September 1, 2022
Single-family rental townhouses
Image: stock.adobe.com

High-income tenants are flooding the build-to-rent (B2R) sector and driving up demand for new amenities and design features. A large share of B2R tenants are professionals working from home, and in order to accommodate their day-to-day needs, new B2R designs offer multiple workspaces where a small desk can be placed.

On-site maintenance and a community are the two most popular B2R amenities, and demand for smart home tech is also on the rise, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. In order to minimize repair and maintenance (R&M) and turnover costs, B2R developers should keep carpet to a minimum and finish units with laminate faux wood flooring and stainless steel appliances.

  • 1–2 apartment-like amenities (ex: pool, clubhouse, trail, etc.) is plenty.
    • Better parking, privacy and a yard are 3 highly desired amenities. Adding too many other amenities will usually result in diminishing returns.
    • On-site maintenance and a community are the 2 most popular amenities.
  • Get ahead on technology.
    • Demand for smart home tech is unprecedented; continue to monitor key themes within consumer trends and design. However, be mindful that some smart home technology may become standard features in the near-to-mid-term.
    • Plan for future demand for the ability to charge electric vehicles in tenant garages but demand for such equipment is still negligible. 

Read more


leaderboard2 - default

Related Stories

Build to Rent

Build-to-Rent Housing Starts Pick Up During Q1 2024

Build-to-rent inventory increases while affordability challenges persist in the for-sale market


Build to Rent

Single-Family Rent Growth Remains Elevated, Despite Dip in Multifamily Rental Rates

Multifamily rent growth, specifically, is decelerating since its year-over-year peak of +16.3% in 2022, but in many markets, single-family rents are continuing to rise


How Much Must American Renters Earn to Afford Average Rental Prices?

US rents have increased 3.6% year-over-year, pushing the amount renters must earn to afford average rents to around $80K

boombox1 -
native1 - default
halfpage2 -

More in Category

Home builders can maximize efficiencies gained through simplification and standardization by automating both on-site and back-office operations 

Delaware-based Schell Brothers, our 2023 Builder of the Year, brings a refreshing approach to delivering homes and measuring success with an overriding mission of happiness

NAHB Chairman's Message: In a challenging business environment for home builders, and with higher housing costs for families, the National Association of Home Builders is working to help home builders better meet the nation's housing needs

native2 - default
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.