Predicting Real Estate Markets

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Hello BP, I'm new to real estate investing and I am interested in buy and holds. I was hoping someone could help me with what I should be looking for when researching markets to invest in? Any advice would be a big help!

@Jason Wilson it depends on if you want to maximize cash flow, hope for appreciation or have a mix of both.  I recommend a mix of both.  The main things on a market level though will be job/ population growth as well as income/ income growth, price to rent ratio and of course property taxes.  Texas looks unbelievable and then you look at the property taxes, I think PA also has high property taxes.

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#1 answer is, if it's a viable option in your local market that is where you should start.  If I recall correctly there are markets in the NJ area that can work.