Home to the St. Louis Cardinals and the tallest monument in the United States, the iconic Gateway Arch, the community of St. Louis is also a leading biotech and business center thanks to its position at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. St. Louis also offers residents a diverse cultural scene, a low cost of living and outstanding opportunities for young adults. In fact, Forbes recently ranked St. Louis as the happiest U.S. city for job-seeking college graduates, while Movoto.com ranked it the fourth most-creative city in America.
Q2 2015 St. Louis Rental Market Update
In Q2 2015, St. Louis was the 12th-best Midwestern housing market to own rental properties in and 51st-best in the country as a whole. Since Q1 2015, St. Louis jumped two spots in the Rental Ranking Report's regional rankings for the Midwestern U.S. and five spots in the national rankings.
There are a number of real estate statistics that show that the St. Louis rental real estate market leaves a lot to be desired from the perspective of rental property owners. A moderately low annual property value appreciation rate of 3.73 percent (about 27 percent less than the Q2 2015 national average) is perhaps the most alarming. St. Louis's sluggish job growth, a 1.38 percent year-over-year gain (32 percent less than the national average) and high vacancy rate (8.70 percent, just shy of 30 percent more than the average) and median age of housing inventory (70 days, one week more than the average) further highlight the fact that demand for St. Louis housing isn't particularly strong.
Fortunately for current and prospective St. Louis rental real estate investors, local rentals can still be lucrative investments. St. Louis rents jumped an impressive 6.13 percent year-over-year in Q2 2015, an increase 23 percent greater than the national average during that time period. The capitalization rate, a statistic that compares annual rents and property values that is commonly used by investors to gauge the attractiveness of rental properties, was an impressive 8.28 percent for St. Louis rental real estate in Q2 2015. This was approximately 21 percent higher than the national average and one of the highest "cap rates" in the country during that time period. So, while the St. Louis rental market is far from perfect, it still offers rental property owners the chance to get moderately good returns.
Q1 2015 St. Louis Rental Market Update
The Q1 2015 Rental Ranking Report found that St. Louis is the 14th-best Midwestern market in terms of attractiveness for rental real estate investment, out of 15 total Midwestern markets, and 56th out of the 75 total markets this Rental Ranking Report evaluated. St. Louis, while lacking in both annual job growth and median rental price increases (the former typically leading to the latter), offers investors an average capitalization rate of 8.59 percent, the 17th-best capitalization rate in the country. This strong capitalization rate indicates that property owners can expect a high rate of return on their investment based on current rental rates and property valuations.
St. Louis homes also sit on the market for a median of 68 days before they are sold, two days less than the average U.S. median age of inventory. This figure is often used to determine overall market activity, and it's therefore reasonable to conclude that the St. Louis housing market is healthy, despite its low property value and rental price increases.
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 average 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 St. Louis rental property?
Solid cap rates, affordable home prices, high rental price appreciation, and moderate homeowners insurance premiums and property taxes make St. Louis an attractive place for rental housing investment - both now and for many quarters to come.
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