I just want to know are there any favorable zipcodes in the Baltimore and PG County areas that investors go after? If so, why these particular zip codes and are they active for flipping or buy and holds?
I cant speak for Baltimore, but I can tell you how to find out. All you need to find is a friendly agent with MLS access. From that you can look at average days on market to determine where your hot markets are.
Once you make that determination, then you can look at the houses. The house will determine if the property is a flip or a buy and hold. For a flip, you will look for a property that is much lower price than the local cub-market is commanding. For a buy and hold you are looking for spread between PITI payment and rental or between cash price and annual NOI numbers. In general appreciating neighborhoods tend towards flips, while steady prices tend to indicate rental. This is not gospel but a general observation.
I hope that help
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One thing I have learned in Baltimore is that almost every zip has its share of the good, the bad and the ugly! Sometimes even on the same street.....
While some zips are more suited for flippers, they also contain their rental potentials, as well as blight-for the most part. There are rental investors in every zip code based on their goals. Some can tolerate cash flow in the hood and some want less cash flow in a better part of town. I think you should decide your exact goals and risk tolerance first and then drive the streets to see if the areas match up with what you want.
@Jeff K. nailed it. Every zip code in Baltimore has good and bad areas. Every neighborhood has good and bad areas. Almost every street has good an bad areas.
Do you really want the hot areas? There is more competition there. Would you rather have a mediocre deal in a hot area or a really great deal in an average area?
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