Out of State Investing

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I'm located in New England and I've been looking into investing out of state (most likely low risk turnkey SFH or 2-4 unit multis to start) where properties are much more affordable . Based on the podcasts and research that I've done so far, I'm leaning towards looking into the following markets to invest for 2020:

- Tampa / Orlando

- Atlanta

- Charlotte

I realize that these markets all have been very popular for sometime, but it seems like these cities still have a promising future.  I'm looking for opinions on these markets (and others that I should consider!).  If anybody has any agents that they recommend in these markets, please let me know.  

Thanks,

Hello there @Ryan Allison , these are good markets. I wanted to recommend Huntsville and Birmingham Alabama. I am very knowledgable in this market. The Huntsville/Birmingham market is flourishing because of the job growth and the modernization of the city centre. Just wanted to give you another recommendation.

Best of luck on you journey!

Originally posted by @Ryan Allison :

I'm located in New England and I've been looking into investing out of state (most likely low risk turnkey SFH or 2-4 unit multis to start) where properties are much more affordable . Based on the podcasts and research that I've done so far, I'm leaning towards looking into the following markets to invest for 2020:

- Tampa / Orlando

- Atlanta

- Charlotte

I realize that these markets all have been very popular for sometime, but it seems like these cities still have a promising future.  I'm looking for opinions on these markets (and others that I should consider!).  If anybody has any agents that they recommend in these markets, please let me know.  

Thanks,

 In no particular order I have listed some of the most popular markets for out of state investors

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Youngstown, Ohio
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jackson, Mississippi

Each of these markets is popular with turnkey investors because of the low barrier to entry, high rental demand & high rent to price ratio. I recommend setting up keyword alerts for each area as they are discussed in the forums daily with advertisements posted in the BiggerPockets marketplace hourly.

One thing to note when looking at the individual markets, you can make or loose money in any market. Don't think that one particular out of state market will shoot you to success or abject failure. It's not really that complicated to buy out of state. It only becomes complicated when investors try to over complicate or over think everything. Whenever you are buying a property out of state you should do a few things to ensure it's as smooth as possible.

  • Don't buy in the roughest neighborhood in the urban core. Pick a solid B-Class suburban area. Perhaps a nice 1950's built bungalow.
  • Always hire a 3rd party property inspector to give you an unbiased feel for the home. The reports are 40-90 pages long and go through the entire house in great detail.
  • Get an appraisal. If your using financing the bank requires this. This is good. The bank isn't going to let you blow their money. They have more skin in the game then you do.
  • Make sure you get clear title. If using a lender this is a non issue. They will make you do this. It's those maniacs that buy homes cash via quit claim deed off of craigslist that really get screwed.
  • Make sure your property manager is a licensed real estate brokerage.
  • Understand you can not eliminate all risk, only mitigate it. If you are risk adverse real estate, (especially out of state) is not for you.

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