RealtyTrac has released its Q1 2016 Single Family Rental Market Report, which ranks the best markets for buying residential rental properties in 2016.

The report analyzed single family rental returns in 448 U.S. counties each with a population of at least 100,000 and sufficient rental and home price data. Rental data was from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and home price data was from publicly recorded sales deed data collected and licensed by RealtyTrac markets.

“Rapidly rising home prices and tepid wage growth have dampened single family rental investment returns and growth potential in many markets, but there are still plenty of solid opportunities available for real estate investors willing to cast a wider geographic net,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at RealtyTrac.

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“Rents are rising faster than median home prices in 45 percent of the markets analyzed — indicating continued strong demand for rentals in those markets — while annual wage growth is outpacing rent growth in 43 percent of the markets — indicating room for rising rental returns in those markets.” he added.

Counties with the highest annual gross rental yields;

1- Baltimore City, Maryland – 28.5 percent
2- Clayton County, Georgia – Atlanta metro area-25.8 percent
3- Wayne County, Michigan-Detroit metro area -24.2 percent
4- Bay County, Michigan-Bay City metro area-21.2 percent
5- Macon County, Georgia -20.6 percent

Counties with the lowest annual gross rental yields,

1- Arlington County, Virginia in the Washington, D.C., metro area -3.3 percent
2- California Bay ,San Francisco -3.4 percent, San Mateo-3.6 percent, Marin-3.9 percent, Santa Cruz-4.0 percent and Santa Clara-4.0 percent
3- Williamson County ,Nashville metro area-4.0 percent
4- Kings County (Brooklyn), New York- 4.0 percent


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