"Possibility City" isn't just a nickname for Louisville, Kentucky. It describes a city that makes things happen. Sure, the Kentucky Derby may be Louisville's claim to fame, but there is so much more to love about it - and so many other reasons to consider investing in rental property there.
Awards and recognition? Louisville has both in spades. In 2014 alone, Louisville raked in the following accolades:
- Eighth place on Forbes' list of America's most affordable cities.
- Listed among NerdWallet's best large metropolitan areas for homeownership.
- Eighth place on Apartment Guide and LearnVest's 2014 list of the most affordable cities for living on a budget.
- Fifth place on Newgeography.com's list of the "Top 10 New Brainpower Cities in America."
- Included in Forbes' list of the "Top 20 Markets with Economic Momentum."
With a revitalized downtown area, more than 20 colleges and universities providing youthful energy to the city, a thriving arts scene and parks galore, there's a lot to love about Louisville.
Some of the least expensive Louisville rentals are found in the south and southwest parts of the city. If downtown seems like a good place to invest, know that rentals in the Old Louisville area are primarily located in converted historic homes and are typically rented to college students. The Highlands neighborhood, where rentals are also often housed in converted homes, is a bit more expensive and far more congested. Southeast Louisville is located close to shopping, dining and parks and has many rentals, a mix of single family dwellings, apartments and condos, whose rents are all over the map. If you're considering investing in a luxury unit, the eastern or northeastern parts of Louisville are perhaps the best places to look.
Q2 2015 Louisville Rental Market Update
Louisville is currently the third-best major housing market for rental real estate investment in the Southeastern U.S. and the 12th-best in the country as a whole. While Louisville fell one spot in the Rental Ranking Report's regional rankings in Q2 2015 and five spots in the national rankings, it is still undoubtedly one of the most attractive markets for rental real estate investment in the U.S.
Louisville's average rental capitalization rate, which compares annual rents to property values, was a mouth-watering 7.76 percent last quarter, about 14 percent higher than the national average. Strong demand for Louisville housing is illustrated by its exceptionally low vacancy rate of 4.40 percent, almost 35 percent lower than the national average, and superb annual job growth rate of 2.97 percent, close to 45 percent higher than the national average.
While Louisville's Q2 2015 annual median rent price gains (3.61 percent) and property value appreciation (4.38 percent) were not particularly impressive - both were moderately below their respective national averages - they were still quite respectable.
Q1 2015 Louisville Rental Market Update
The Q1 2015 Rental Ranking Report found Louisville to be the second-best market for rental real estate investment in the Southeastern U.S. and seventh-best in the U.S. as a whole. Louisville's extremely low vacancy rate of 3.80 percent is the seventh-lowest vacancy rate in the country and is about half the national average. Louisville's job growth in the year ending in Q1 2015 was 3.86 percent, the eighth-highest job growth rate in the U.S. during that time frame. Louisville's moderately high cap rate of 8.35 percent and annual median rental price increase of 3.92 percent are enough to pique the interest of any rental real estate investor.
What data is this Rental Ranking Report based on?
To calculate the statistics found in the Q2 2015 Rental Ranking Report, All Property Management gathered data, including the most recent government housing and jobs data, for 75 metros across the United States. Specifically, we looked at home vacancy, capitalization, home value appreciation and job growth rates, changes in rental prices, and the median number of days properties have been on the market to determine which U.S. metros will give investors the highest returns on rental investments. Click here to learn more about the Rental Ranking metrics.
Should I invest in Louisville rental property?
This is undoubtedly one of the best times to invest in Louisville rental real estate in recent history. The strong demand for housing in Louisville (best evidenced by its exceedingly-low vacancy rate) and its moderately high capitalization rate demonstrate that the returns on investment Louisville rental property owners are currently getting are well above average and will likely remain that way for quarters to come.
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