20 U.S. Markets Where the 2% Rule Might Make Sense

20 U.S. Markets Where the 2% Rule Might Make Sense

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Scott Trench

Scott Trench is the CEO and President of BiggerPockets. Scott has dedicated his career to helping ordinary Americans build wealth in part through real estate investing. Since joining BiggerPockets in 2014, Scott has authored the bestselling wealth-building book Set for Life and joined Mindy Jensen as co-host of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast.

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Scott is an active real estate investor in the Denver market, currently managing a private portfolio of about $1.5M and holds his real estate license as a Colorado broker.

He is a perpetual student of personal finance, real estate investing, sales, business, and personal development. With this knowledge, Scott stays active in the BiggerPockets Forums and has contributed hundreds of articles, market analyses, and files to BiggerPockets.

He hopes this will provide other investors the tools they need to repeat his results in just 3-5 years, giving them the option to go anywhere they want in the world, work any job, start any business, or finish out the journey to financial independence and retire young.

In addition to real estate, Scott enjoys skiing, rugby, craft beers, and terrible punny jokes.

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Scott has contributed to several personal finance blogs and podcasts, along with traditional news outlets including Time, CNBC, and NBC. Find out more about his story at JoeFairless.com, MadFientist, and ChooseFI.

Education
Scott graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Economics and History, Corporate Strategy, and Finance.

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The 2% rule has long been a topic of debate in the BiggerPockets community. The 2% rule more or less argues that for an investment to be great, the monthly rent should be at least 2% of the purchase price (a $100,000 home should rent for $2,000 per month). Whether or not you agree, a significant chunk of BiggerPockets members use it as a screen for deals.

Related: The 2% Rule: Fact, Fiction, or Feasible?

For investors in certain areas of the country, achieving the 2% rule may seem almost mythical. Where are people getting such good deals? Are they getting these properties because prices are low, because rents are really high, or a combination of both?

Below you’ll find a list of regions in the country that, according to Zillow, listed properties that on average had the best rent to price ratios in the first half of 2014. These might be great places to start your hunt for a 2% rule property.

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Only two regions in the entire country beat the 2% rule on average, and the vast majority of regions in the country didn’t even meet the 1% rule. Parts of Florida, Texas, and rural New England dominate the top 20.

Keep in mind that some of the regions listed have few Zillow listings, perhaps distorting the data. Research these regions thoroughly before making any decision to invest. While this data may be useful in targeting certain markets in which to begin your search for rental properties, it should not be used as an investor’s sole source of information.

Here are some additional notes regarding the data in this study:

• This data only incorporates Zillow listings
• Some regions have very few data points
• This study does not account for important metrics like # of bedrooms/bathrooms, sqft., lot size, etc
• All property/rental prices are listed, and may differ significantly from actual prices

If you’d like to recreate this list study, or want to play around with the numbers at a more granular level, here’s how the data was generated:

Zillow posts data in a downloadable format at http://www.zillow.com/research/data/. You can download market data from listings in Zillow throughout the country. This study contrasts the “All Homes (SFR, Condo/Co-op)” data with the “Median rent list price ($)” data at the metro level. Email [email protected] if you have any further questions about the generation of this content.

The 2% rule has long been a topic of debate in the BiggerPockets community. The 2% rule more or less argues that for an investment to be great, the monthly […]