According to a new survey commissioned by Freddie Mac Multifamily, a significant majority of multifamily professionals believe the rental housing market will continue to grow, fueled by increasing demand and a growing population. At the same time, however, a plurality of participants are less optimistic about the outlook for affordable housing compared with just one year ago.

The survey was conducted on behalf of Freddie Mac as an in-depth phone survey between May 22 and June 5, 2017, by real estate media and intelligence firm Hanley Wood with data partner The Farnsworth Group. The findings are based on responses from 200 participants across the multifamily industry who subscribe to the Hanley Wood publications Multifamily Executive, Affordable Housing Finance, and Apartment Finance Today. The survey gauged the attitudes of industry participants in sectors such as development; building and construction; property management; lending, financing, and investing; and government and trade associations.

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