How to Analyze a Rental Income Property

How to Analyze a Rental Income Property

It has been said that more millionaires have been created through investing in real-estate than any other type of investment. However, for the unprepared and uninitiated, the potential for catastrophic financial decisions is always present. In this next article in our series, we’ll look at some of the key location factors that influence the value of residential investment property.

The single most important factor influencing the value of your residential investment property is consistent and strong demand from your potential renters and buyers. So it stands to reason that you should be buying rental properties in same places that people want to live. Although this sounds simple, too many new investors fail to consider the long term potential of the area when getting started with real-estate.

State Level:

State regulation and fiscal policy has a great deal of influence on a residential investment property. State business and personal income tax, as well as goods and services sales tax can have a huge impact on the in-migration of people and business. More regulation and taxes means fewer businesses and jobs. Fewer jobs means fewer people, fewer people means less demand for your property (i.e. lower rents, lower property appreciation and lower return on investment from your rental property). When investing in real-estate, consider States with strong, pro-business policies.

City Level:

As your geographic location begins to narrow, the location factors affecting your residential investment property start to become more specific. Although a city’s policies on attracting and retaining business is still very important to the long term outlook for jobs, immigration and in-migration, more local factors like large regional employers and a diversified industries become increasingly important. When buying rental properties and considering specific cities, look for an unemployment rate that is less than the national and state average. Also look for higher than average household income (national and state). Strong local employment and higher than average incomes means the area is growing and this will ultimately attract more people.

Neighborhood Level:

As you begin to narrow down the neighborhoods within your selected city, there are several factors that will impact your real-estate return-on-investment. Proximity to schools, shopping, business and transportation should all play a role when buying rental properties. Consider the city’s expansion plans for any light rail public transportation. Historically, investing in real-estate near (but not too near) the future site of a transit station has produced properties that have appreciated at a much greater rate than average. From the household shopping to the daily work commute, relative location and access to transportation are some of the most significant factors people consider when choosing where to live and should be a major factor in your decision when buying residential investment property.


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