Canton / Akron ohio investing

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My wife and I currently live in southern California and as you can imagine the barriers to entry are quite high over here.  We are strongly considering moving to North Canton Ohio to be close to some relatives.  Is anyone investing in these areas?  I see houses for very low costs like 20k. But I would imagine they may not be the best units to start with because of potentially high turn over costs.  If anyone is doing deals in these areas I would love to hear about them.

Thanks in advance! 

Thanks for the shout @Paul Ortiz  

 Akron Canton is a little bit out of my range though 

I work Cleveland Ohio & surrounding suburbs.

I'm local but just beginning to invest. You are right, the potential high turn over has pushed me to consider $50-70k properties. If I had some experience I wouldn't be so hesitant. Those places typically seem to rent for $350-425 per unit depending on the type of property and location though. Most lenders here require a minimum property value of $25k to lend against as well.  25% down.  If you do all cash I don't know that I would worry about the turns though. 

We are based in Canton, and know the areas pretty well. While we dont do rentals anymore I have friends and acquaintainances who do. A few are doing well a few not so well. 

Canton City is mostly rental city, few owner occupants, and yes you can buy a lot of houses for under 20,000. I just checked, there are 57 available on the mls for under 20k right now, 8 for under 10,000.

There are few areas that you can buy fix and sell a house to an owner occupant. We dont even watch that market for rehab because of the difficulty in selling a house with city schools.

So be aware if you buy, you want to make sure you get a good deal and or plan on holding for the long term, you are almost defi itly going to be selling to another investor who wants to buy a cheap house. So dont expect appreciation.

Lot of houses get bought here 10-25k and sold to the california guys for 25-50 .... a year or more later when they have problems with the tenants or management companies, they want to sell, but unless they can find non local "greater fool" to buy them, they will be taking a serious hit to get rid of the property, because the locals will pay 10-25

There are a couple very good stable rental areas that you can buy houses for 25,000-35,000 rent them out for 650-850 month. Every once in a while, if you are fast/good you may be able to get a few in good rental areas for under 20,000. 

North canton is an entirely different story, different city, top ranked schools, highly desirable rehab area as well. North Canton only has one house on the market under 70,000 right now, listed at 67,000 , small bank owned being sold as is.

There is plenty of opportunity here, just beware, become familiar with the neighborhoods, before you buy, If you come to visit you can hit me up, be glad to give you my perspective, over coffee, i can introduce you to a couple landlords if you like. 

@Chris Colangelo  

@Chris Colangelo  

I have a close friend who has a few rentals in North Canton and is bullish on the area. He was born and raised there, so his knowledge base is pretty deep. If you need specific information on the area I can put you in touch.

He keeps trying to sell me on the area, but I am in Akron and am already driving all over the place with what I currently have.

Pretty much anything thats a good deal, residential.

We are mostly buy fix sell and wholesale to affilliate rehabbers. Stark, Summit, Portage, Medina counties anything that we can make money rehabbing. 

Focusing on single family good schools, resale 150-300 mostly. 

Doing some strategic rentals when we find sweet deals. 

22 Buys Jan and Feb. 

If its the one I'm thinking they're in a pretty rough area for the most part.  Be careful with anything around 12th St NW east of 77 & especially south of 12th towards downtown.  You can get deals pretty cheap you just need to be aware of what you're buying.

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