Poughkeepsie, the "Queen City of the Hudson," is home to Vassar College and Marist College. It's within commuting distance to New York City and has trains that will drop you off right at Pennsylvania Station. But Poughkeepsie residents don't need to voyage to the Big Apple for the arts, as the Bardavon 1869 Opera House and the fine Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra can be found right there in town.
Q2 2015 Poughkeepsie Rental Market Update
In Q2 2015, Poughkeepsie was the 13th-best Northeastern housing market to own rental properties in and 64th-best in the country as a whole. Since Q1 2015, Poughkeepsie jumped two spots in the Rental Ranking Report's regional rankings for the Northeastern U.S. and six spots in the national rankings.
The Poughkeepsie rental real estate market is unfortunately far from perfect. In Q2 2015, Poughkeepsie had the nation's lowest annual property value appreciation rate (-0.19 percent, compared to the national average of 5.08 percent) and median age of housing inventory (130 days, more than twice the national average). It also experienced a slightly poor annual job growth rate of 1.78 percent in Q2 2015, about 12 percent less than the national average for that metric during that time period.
Regardless, Poughkeepsie rental real estate can still be a lucrative investment. The best proof of this is the fact that Poughkeepsie rents jumped a whopping 10.93 percent year-over-year in Q2 2015, more than twice the national average for that metric and one of the largest rental price appreciation rates in the country during that time period. It should therefore come as no surprise that 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 8.78 percent for Poughkeepsie rental real estate in Q2 2015 - almost 30 percent greater than the national average. In comparison, New York City's "cap rate" is a mere 6.58 percent; this indicates that rental real estate investors can get better returns on their investments in sleepy Poughkeepsie than in the bustling New York metropolitan area.
Q1 2015 Poughkeepsie Rental Market Update
The Q1 2015 Rental Ranking Report shows that Poughkeepsie is the 15th-best city in the Northeast region for rental real estate investors, and ranked 70th out of the 75 U.S. markets this report evaluated. This lackluster performance is due, in part, to declining median rents in Poughkeepsie. But the Poughkeepsie metro still boasts a highly-impressive cap rate of 9.49 percent, the seventh highest cap rate in the country this quarter.
Poughkeepsie's modest home price appreciation of 3.46 percent, combined with its excellent cap rate, make it an attractive market for income-focused rental property investors. As long as New York City remains the cultural and business capital of the Western world, there will be demand for rental housing in Poughkeepsie, as the middle and working class people who work there have to live somewhere - and they're getting increasingly priced out of New York City itself.
Another interesting feature of the Poughkeepsie metropolitan area is that homes stay on the market there for a median of 133 days - the highest number of days on market in the country. This indicates that sellers have to make concessions to sell their homes, and probably contributes to the high cap rates and rental yields we mentioned above.
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 Poughkeepsie rental property?
This is one of the best times in recent memory to invest in rental real estate in the Poughkeepsie metropolitan area. Poughkeepsie's excellent average capitalization rate and high rental price increases indicate that investment properties there can deliver attractive returns for skillful and patient investors.
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