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Rental Housing Finance Survey (RHFS), 2012

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Publication Date
Free Keywords
rental housing; mortgages
  • Abstract

    The Rental Housing Finance Survey provides a current and continuous measure of financial, mortgage, and property characteristics of rental housing properties in the United States. The survey focuses on the financing of rental housing properties, with emphasis on new mortgages, refinanced mortgages, or similar devices such as deeds of trust or land contracts, and the characteristics of debt originations.

    The Rental Housing Finance Survey (RHFS) was first conducted in 2012. Prior to 2012, rental housing data were collected as part of the 2001 Residential Finance Survey. The 2012 RHFS included only multifamily rental properties. The survey was conducted as an all personal visit operation. U.S. Census Bureau Field Representatives (FRs) located owners or property managers and conducted interviews using paper questionnaires.

    The 2015 RHFS included single family rental properties in addition to the multifamily rental properties. The paper questionnaire was eliminated and all data were collected using an Internet-based questionnaire which allowed for a change in collection methodology. Property owners were sent a letter inviting them to self-respond to the survey. In order to mail letters to the owners, the owner information was researched online, by conducting an owner-seeker operation, and by doing a match to administrative sources before the data collection. Respondents that did not respond were followed-up by a Telephone Follow-up operation. The remaining noninterview cases were then followed-up in person by an FR. The 2015 Rental Housing Finance Survey data are scheduled to be released March 2017
  • Weighting

    The RHFS weights were derived from the product of the inverse of the probability of selection for the BSAs on the property, the MAF unit adjustment factor, and nonresponse adjustment factors.
  • Technical Information

    Response Rates: 65 percent unweighted
    67 percent weighted
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Owners or property managers of multifamily rental properties 
The 2012 RHFS uses a two-stage sample process in which primary sampling units (PSUs) are selected, then basic street addresses (BSAs) within the PSUs are selected.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview~~paper and pencil interview (PAPI)~~self-enumerated questionnaire~~


Update Metadata: 2018-12-17 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2018-12-17

United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2018): Rental Housing Finance Survey (RHFS), 2012. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.