Residential Property Investment Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 6/10/2024
SIC Codes: 6513
NAICS Codes: 531110
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Companies in this industry invest in residential properties to generate wealth, primarily through rental income and capital appreciation. Major companies include AvalonBay Communities, Equity Residential, and Essex Property Trust (all based in the US). Major companies outside the US include CapitaLand (Singapore), Kerry Properties and Sun Hung Kai Properties (both based in Hong Kong), LEG Immobilien (Germany), and Leoplace 21 (Japan).

International residential real estate investment is popular in markets with high population growth, rising wealth, and limited housing supply. The world's strongest housing markets include Athens, Germany, New Zealand, Jersey, and Portugal, according to a recent global house price survey from Global Property Guide.

The US residential property investment industry includes about 72,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $120 billion. Residential real estate investment trusts (REITs) are included in this industry and are further discussed in a separate REITs industry profile.


Demand is driven by the supply of investment capital and demand for rental property. The profitability of individual companies depends on property values and rental rates, which are tied to the general health of the economy. Large companies have advantages in financial resources, while small companies can compete effectively by developing expertise in local markets. The US industry is fragmented: the top 50 companies account for about 30% of revenue.

Residential property investment companies may compete with mutual fund management and ...

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