America becoming a nation of renters – Money – TODAY.com

Posted by    |    December 28th, 2011 at 5:15 am

Brian Keith is busier than ever as the architecture firm he works for rushes to wrap up work on a 300-unit apartment complex in Dallas.

The project is one of dozens the firm, JHP Architecture, has on its hands — a surge of business driven by a rise in demand in the United States for rental properties.

The increased demand has forced JHP to expand, and it expects to keep hiring at least through the first quarter.

“We’re seeing overall work come back and there’s a backlog of contracts to go through,” said Keith, director of urban design and planning at JHP. “There’s strong interest in multi-family units and plenty of pent-up demand.”

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