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Thursday, December 13, 2012

America’s Top 5 Cities For Real Estate Investors

Home sales continue to drop around the United States, despite excellent interest rates on thirty-day loans and huge supplies in the housing market. High unemployment and lenders requiring larger down payments also contribute to plummeting real estate market values. This news may be disheartening to some people, but it also provides a great opportunity to those who have the means to invest in real estate, today.

Anyone who does not qualify for a mortgage will still need a place to live. This provides an opportunity for homeowners to rent out their properties while waiting for their investments to appreciate. The question for these investors becomes, “In this see-saw real estate market, where is the best place to buy a property?”

see-saw real estate market, where is the best place to buy a property - Lake City, Minnesota
Lake City, Minnesota (Photo credit: Dougtone)
The following list can shed light on this dilemma, as it highlights the top five cities in the United States where rental demand is high and housing inventories are falling.

1. Tucson, Arizona, a city with a median single-family home list price at $170K, this metropolis is now the number-one city for real estate investing in the United States. The investment strategy in Tuscan is to buy a home at a discount in a market where prices have dropped thirty-one percent, hold it, and rent the property out while waiting for its value to appreciate. Collecting rent offers property owners a steady monthly income, which they can use to help pay their taxes, mortgagees or maintenance. Tucson is a college town and popular vacation spot where there is no shortage of renters, since the average Joe in Arizona still cannot qualify for a home loan.

2. Austin, Texas, is next on the list, mostly because the city is one of the newest tech-business hubs in the United States. For 230K, investors can find a home in a city that was immune to the housing crisis, as Austin’s property values remained stable when the rest of the country broke down. This metro-area is also a college community and is well-known for its vibrant nightlife. The student housing demand and yuppies in the area who are looking for a place to live provides a winning mix that has investors finding it hard to lose in the city of Austin.

3. Kansas City, Missouri, home prices were hit hard a few years ago, but property values in this city have now become some of the fastest in the country to recover. At an average increase of four percent per annum, investors can buy a single-family home, condo or co-op for about $135K. However, new home buyers will need to act quickly, as the word is out on Kansas City where housing inventory is down twenty percent from a year ago and is shrinking fast.

4. Baltimore, Maryland, home prices are stabilizing, and according to, property values have hit the bottom. The average median list price in this city is $240K with a forecast to increase over three percent a year. Economists also estimate that Baltimore will receive a full economic recovery within the next two years, which is the reason why investors are scooping up properties in this high-demand metropolis. Most likely, an economic recovery will appreciate city’s property values, dramatically.

5. Salt Lake City, Utah, a town where housing inventories have shrunk the most out of all the five cites on the list. Buyers scooped up more than thirty-eight percent of the available units in Salt Lake City after realizing a five-and-half increase in median price in the last year. The small town has become a growing tourist site, and most people residing in Utah still cannot qualify for a home mortgage, which forces them to rent properties.

By Mike Wheatley

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