Southwestern Management And Realty Team

Single Family Real Estate Remain a Solid Investment Say Analysts

At SMART, we aggressively keep up with rental industry news and trends. We know our owner clients are concerned about the occasional risks and setbacks. That’s why we go above and beyond to ensure that single-family rents remain as solid investments.

But what about today’s market uncertainty? Will month-to-month fluctuations impact the assets in your portfolio?

From what we’re hearing from high net-worth investors, the answer is NO. Your assets will remain safe and single-family real estate investments are worth your time.

In fact, according to a recent survey by financial services company Millennium Trust, a staggering 90% of people are more inclined to invest in an alternative asset like real estate.

Interest in Investments is Climbing Steadily

Single-family rental properties are at the top of real estate and of interest to a whopping 73% of high-net-worth real estate investors, as stated in the Millennium trust study. Some trends believed to be causing the interest (and continued growth) include downsizing baby boomers, as well as millennials choosing to rent longer so they can keep their options open.

What Does the Future Hold?

In terms of new home building, expect a jump in the coming years with as much as 13 million additional homes hitting the market.

In a recent US News and World Report article, Quinn Palomino, co-founder, and principal at Virtua Partners in San Diego, states “demand is high, and supply is still constrained, particularly for entry-level housing. We anticipate rent increases will outpace the overall commercial real estate market, landing in the 5 to 7 percent range.”

She also believes that single-family rentals will beat the stock market in 2019 due to low rates and low unemployment.

Build Your Investments Now

The key is to take advantage of good market conditions—not just in the short-term but to build your rental portfolio and prepare it for the extended future.

With SMART in the corner, we can make sure you have the right tools to help take your business to the next level, keeping everyone happy along the way.


SMART Rental Qualifications

The following are Southwestern Management And Realty Team’s (SMART) guidelines for renting a property through SMART. Each and every application will be reviewed by a member of SMART and could be adjusted depending on credit/income and the application itself. Please be truthful!

Rental Qualifications

  • Applicant MUST be 18 years or older and application fee is $65.00 per person and is non-refundable.


  • Minimum score of 650
  • No EVICTIONS in the past 5 years
  • No utility collections (gas, power, water)

Income Verification

  • Income MUST be 3 times the monthly rent for good credit 650+ and 4 times if applicant has poor credit but good income.
  • MUST be verifiable
  • MUST be with current employer for at least 6 months.
    **If self-employed—CPA financial statements and/or tax returns are acceptable.

Employment History

(you could be required to show proof if requested, paycheck stubs, etc.)

  • Verifiable employment history for the past 3 years
    **If self-employed/retired/not employed—can verify income with signed tax returns and/or bank statements.

Rental History Verification

  • Verify for the past 3 years
  • Must provide: Landlord Names, and phone number, email (if available) on the online application.

Criminal Background Check

SMART does check—Criminal, Sex Offender and Terrorist database

  • NO sex offenders
  • NO crimes—violent crimes, prostitution, domestic violence, possession of weapons or illegal drugs


MUST be 30 pounds & under & absolutely no violent breeds—ask SMART for the Pet Policy

  • 2 pets max
  • NO ferrets or snakes
  • NO Dangerous, poisonous or illegal pets
  • NO aquariums larger than 10 gallons

Emotional Support pets are NOT considered a Service Animal and not under ADA laws.