A quirk in the Stockholm rental market made it one of the more interesting cities that I researched virtually since the start of the pandemic.
Between August 2019 and March 2020, Georgetown rents skyrocketed with strong oil and gas demand and limited rental supply. In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Guyana and the Georgetown housing market. This, combined with the Guyanese General Elections on March 2nd, resulted in decreased demand. With fewer assignee arrivals, landlords became increasingly anxious over the thought of empty properties and are now more willing to negotiate rents.
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The expatriate rental market in Luanda has been mostly uneventful over the past year. Kwanza prices for apartments and villas have not shown any major movements, although in USD rental prices have come down due to the depreciating Kwanza.
London rents decreased over the last twelve months with the impact of COVID-19. Multiple lockdowns have forced renters to re-evaluate where they want to live. Demand has shifted to rentals with more space, such as balconies, terraces, and gardens. Work-from-home and remote work policies enable tenants more flexibility and recent demand has been for suburban locations with access to green spaces.
With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a number of professionals working from home, cities across the globe have shown decreased demand for rentals in inner cities and higher demand in the suburbs.
Honolulu has a very seasonal rental market due to its popularity as a tourist destination. Travel restrictions placed on expatriates and tourists alike have slowed the rental market, which has been good for renters. The typical limited inventory and high rental rates have stabilized as a result and supply appears to be increasing.
The economic recession spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused interest rates to plummet. Both 15- and 30-year mortgage rates continue to hit record lows. The most recent record was set on November 25th with Freddie Mac reporting 30-year rates at 2.72% and 15-year rates at 2.28%. This has made new mortgages especially attractive to prospective homebuyers and caused housing booms in several US markets.
Singapore’s expatriate rental market is relatively stable despite more assignee departures than arrivals. While supply is greater than demand, sources say most incoming expatriates want to live in apartments close to MRT and schools. Many landlords of desirable apartments can continue to charge listed rents for now.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the overwhelming majority of housing surveys I’ve conducted revealed similar impacts on expatriate rental markets. In countries all around the world, the sudden and significant decline in demand has either pushed prices down or allowed for increased negotiability from listing prices. However, there has been one notable exception to that trend – Turkey.