It’s the first of the month and I tend to talk to many of my tenants – mostly because they call to let me know when rent is coming and to check in to let me know if anything at the property needs some work.
I also tend to check in on my tenants lives, their kids, jobs – and this weekend – asked, “Are you ready to vote?” I think I am surprised, but not really, when most of the tenants said one of two things, “No – I’m not registered.” Or, “No, I don’t vote.”
Did a little research and read an article that indicated 90 million people don’t vote – for a variety of reasons. Going a little further, I researched demographics. And renters are a group of people who vote less than others. According to studies, renters don’t vote for many reasons:
They forget to register when they move!
Tenants move more than homeowners – they are very mobile – often moving to different cities/states and less likely to become involved with the town politics.
Tenants represent the younger demographics – and in 2008, according to reports, only 51% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 voted.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the income of tenants is about half that of a homeowner and low-income citizens register and vote at lower rates than homeowners.
Tenants tend to also have lower education than homeowners, according to the US census data that correlate with voting trends.
So – are you ready to vote?!
This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions. Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .