Rental Communities Analysis and Forecast

Rental Communities Analysis and Forecast


Gain a comprehensive overview of the apartment and build-to-rent (BTR) dynamics to inform your decisions today.

Included in the Rental Communities Package

Quarterly insights on multifamily and build-to-rent communities

Every quarter, we provide a detailed look into the US apartment and build-to-rent industries, relevant macro drivers, outperforming/underperforming markets, for-sale housing market impact on rentals, and public-operator metrics.

Data from up to 50 metro areas identified as top rental community markets

Supply, demand, and affordability metrics that benefit industry participants

Most relevant data points in a simple, easy-to-read report

What’s Included in This Report


Understand rental community fundamentals

All of our reports are delivered via email with a short summary and posted in our client portal for easy access. Every quarter, here’s what you can expect in the Rental Communities Analysis and Forecast Report:

Burns Apartment Rent Index™

The Burns Apartment Rent Index estimates historical and current asking apartment rent trends in over 120 Markets. We use stabilized property level data from RealPage and aggregate up to the market level. Thus, this index mainly reflects institutionally owned apartments. These apartment rent forecasts are informed by demand (proxied by vacancy rates), affordability (relative to homeownership), and expected supply (multifamily permits).

Apartment REITs Earnings Summaries and Analysis

Every quarter, we track rent growth, turnover, occupancy, and NOI trends (and more!) based on how six REITs perform. We also summarize the earnings calls with high-level performance statistics.

Homeownership Premium

We measure the cost to own a home (mortgage payment + maintenance) less the average monthly rent in a market to illustrate the substantial premium homeowners pay vs. BTR and apartment renters.

Burns Build-to-Rent Index™

We estimate historical and current build-to-rent (BTR) asking rent trends in 47 markets, using a matched-plan approach for BTR communities that meet our vetting process and are stabilized (>90% occupancy). We aggregate this data from 55K BTR units we track and provide forecasts for these markets through 2026.

Supply, Demand, and Occupancy

Our graphs and analysis reflecting supply, demand, and occupancy tell the story of top apartment and build-to-rent markets and help you understand what’s to come.

Burns Relative Cost of Dwelling – Apartments™

Our Burns Relative Cost of Dwelling – Apartments (BRCDA) was created to better analyze how much a market is underpriced or overpriced compared to the market’s own long-term apartment rent-to-income ratio. We attempt to account for other market fundamentals and any perceived permanent changes to a market’s demand and supply factors.

Receive accurate answers to these critical questions

What does the supply pipeline look like for apartments and build-to-rent?

What is the future outlook for the apartment and build-to-rent industry?

How will demographics play a role in future demand, and do demographics support rental communities?

Should I invest in the apartment and/or build-to-rent market?

What markets are outperforming?

Who are the largest players in the apartment and build-to-rent industries? Who plays in both?

Additional reports available in the
Rental Communities Package

Rental Communities Market Fundamentals


A resource that offers pertinent monthly apartment and build-to-rent data to help you understand past, current, and projected growth for the rental communities market.

US Housing Analysis and Forecast


Our national housing thesis on all macro US issues impacting the housing market. Insights and analysis on economic growth and risks, consumer behavior and finances, mortgage underwriting and policy, first-time and investor buyer activity, and national demand and supply. 

Apartment Developer and Investor Survey


A quarterly survey that illuminates parts of the apartment market where clarity has traditionally been hard to find.

Contact us to maximize your opportunities in the housing market.

If you have any questions about our services or would like to speak to one of our experts about how we can help your business, please contact Client Relations at clientservices@jbrec.com.