MODERATE-INCOME
RENTAL HOUSING:
A VIABLE ESG INVESTMENT

A Competitive New Asset Class

Recent research confirms: Moderate-Income Rental Housing (MIRH) is a viable new real estate asset class for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments.
Interest among institutional real estate investors in workforce housing and ESG-focused investments is growing. Meanwhile, demand is surging for affordable rental housing for moderate-income households as the transition to homeownership becomes unobtainable for many.
The Bridge at Northwest Hills

A new report proves MIRH delivers consistent, predictable returns, refuting the current misconception that rental apartments priced for the middle-income workforce—such as teachers, nurses, and first responders—produce subpar investment performance compared to apartments with higher rent levels. In fact, MIRH assets have outperformed rental properties with higher rents since 2011

MIRH compares favorably in terms of its return and has a lower variation in total returns from year-to-year (risk) since 2011 as compared to other common asset classes.

The Bottom Line:

MIRH is a promising, viable ESG investment.

Moderate Income Housing Report

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About the Research

The research, sponsored by Wells Fargo and Affordable Central Texas, was prepared by Mark G. Roberts, Director of Research at the Folsom Institute for Real Estate at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, and Jake Wegmann, Associate Professor at the Community & Regional Planning Program at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.