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The Boomerang Veers Off Course

Of the 5.3 million households who lost their home to a foreclosure or short sale from 2007 to 2013, we believe that:

  • 889,000 have already repurchased a home.
  • 1.6 million will be stuck renting for at least the next seven years.
  • 2.8 million will become homeowners again by 2021 (“boomerang” buyers).

Single-family rental landlords and homeowners will benefit from boomerang buyer demand. Riverside-San Bernardino will see the greatest activity, followed closely by Los Angeles and Phoenix.


The renter households created each year by foreclosures and short sales has declined over the past few years. Still, we expect a significant number of these households to rent for the foreseeable future. Single-family rentals should benefit the most from these renters. Note our estimate of the trend in renter households caused by the 2007–2013 distress:

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Supply and Demand in the Balance

We look at the housing demand/supply balance two ways:

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Affluent Second-Home Buyers Are Back in Droves

The Naples housing market is firing on all cylinders this year, with strong demand from retirees, second-home buyers, and snowbirds. Here are some indicators: