The year 2013 saw a lot of rental trends, including multi-family homes, more people opting to rent instead of buy, and an influx of international renters moving to the United States.

[Rental Trends and Real Estate News]

The majority of these movers come from the United Kingdom, which has long been a top country of origin for immigrants to the U.S. Also making the ranking of origin countries with the most residents moving to the States were Germany, China, Australia, France, India and Singapore.

Accommodating International Renters

Some apartment buildings in South Lake Union in Seattle are altering their interior design to appeal to an international audience. Some of the major changes being made have to do with the lobby, amenities and common areas in the building.

For example, interactive video systems will be placed in the common area to inform residents of apartment building news, and modern fireplaces with reclaimed wood will be placed in lobbies to create a warm and welcoming aesthetic.

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Amenities like the fitness center and clubroom are being transformed into multipurpose spaces that allow for a much wider variety of uses to accommodate all renters.

U.S. Residents Moving Abroad

Topping the list of destinations for U.S. residents moving abroad were Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Brazil and even Malaysia, which made it into the last spot on the list of 15 countries.

China, which for the past four years has always been a popular destination for U.S. residents to call home, experienced more moves from China to the U.S. rather than the other way around. The U.S. also saw an influx of Asian Pacific international movers, with Japan moving up on the list from No. 7 to No. 10.