Key Highlights

  • Pandemic shutdown resulted in loss of +22M jobs in March and April and unemployment rate went from 4.4% in early March to 14.7% in late March and April
  • Unemployment rate dropped to 13.3% in May
  • Apartment List monthly survey looked at no or partial housing costs payments in April, May and June

Unemployment is a clear indicator of whether or not housing cost payments are made. ApartmentList just released its latest monthly survey on housing payments made or not made by 4,000 respondents who collectively matched gender and age distribution of renters and mortgage holders in the US.   This research helps us understand what’s going on in the world of housing costs payments.

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As of the first week of May, 22% of respondents had not made a housing payment, an increase from 12% in April, according to ApartmentList. In June, 19% made no payments. Partial housing payments reflected similar patterns.

The National Multifamily Housing Council tracks rent payments and corroborated the results of ApartmentList’s survey. Most tenants did make a payment by the end of the month but those “late payers” were more likely to miss the next month’s rent.

Take a look at ApartmentList’s survey of mortgage and rent payments missing at the end of the first week of the month:

 

By Month                    No Payment               Partial Payment

April                            12%                            12%

May                             22%                            9%

June                            19%                            11%

June Detail

By Type                      No Payment               Partial Payment

Renters                       20%                            12%

Owners                       18%                            11%

Income Level             No Payment               Partial Payment

$0 – $24,999               22%                            18%

$25K – $49,999          22%                            12%

$50K – $74,999          19%                            115

$75K – $99,999          16%                            9%

$100,000+                  14%                            7%

By Age                        No Payment               Partial Payment

18 – 29                       21%                            19%

30 – 44                       18%                            15%

45 – 60                       20%                            6%

60+                             16%                            3%

Work Status               No Payment               Partial Payment

Work at Home FT           14%                            7%

Work at Home PT           19%                            22%

Cannot Work at Home     25%                           9%

ApartmentList also found that renters and owners who were younger, in lower income brackets and who were first-time buyers were the most concerned about losing their homes.

Will these numbers improve or continue to deteriorate in the coming months? Remember that the Federal Reserve projects unemployment at 9.3% by the end of 2020 and 5.5% by 2022. Remember too that unemployment benefits and moratoriums on foreclosures and evictions will eventually expire and that a second wave of COVID-19 may potentially rear its ugly head in the fall.

Thanks to ApartmentList, the National Multifamily Housing Council and the New York Tomes.

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