El Paso is renowned for being a leader in international trade thanks to its position along the Mexican border. It has been praised as one of America's best-performing cities, best mid-sized cities for job opportunities and one of its safest cities. El Paso is home to a variety of parks and recreational opportunities, a rich culture and history, proximity to Fort Bliss, the fastest-growing U.S. Army installation, and the University of Texas at El Paso.
Q2 2015 El Paso Rental Market Update
Unfortunately for local rental property owners, El Paso has the ignominy of being ranked last in both the Southwestern U.S. and the country as a whole by the Q2 2015 Rental Ranking Report. It fell two spots in the national rankings since Q1 2015 but kept the lousy honor of being dead last in the Southwest for the second quarter in a row.
El Paso's housing market suffers due to its exceptionally low annual property value appreciation rate (0.60 percent, 88 percent lower than the national average) and job growth rate (just 0.07 percent, 97 percent lower than the national average) and high median age of inventory (a whopping 86 days, 72nd-worst out of the 75 metropolitan areas in the Rental Ranking Report). The moderately high vacancy rate in "El Chuco," 8.70 percent (almost 30 percent higher than the national average), further compounds its unattractiveness for rental real estate investment.
However, rental property owners in El Paso do benefit from an average rental capitalization rate of 9.27 percent. This indicates that they can still make a tidy profit from their rentals despite all the things the El Paso housing market has going against it.
Q1 2015 El Paso Rental Market Update
The Sun City was outstripped in the Q1 2015 Rental Ranking Report by some of the faster-growing areas in Texas that have recently benefited from phenomenal job growth, but it still posted some solid fundamentals, including a capitalization rate of 9.51 percent. Rental prices increased 5.99 percent in the year ending in Q1 2015, giving El Paso an 11th-place ranking among the 75 metros evaluated in the Q1 2015 Rental Ranking Report for that metric. Property value appreciation was positive but on the low side at only 1.99 percent. However, from the perspective of the rental real estate investor, this is a feature, not a bug. When rents are rising five times faster than property values, it mean the return on investing is actually increasing, all other things being equal.
Like most Texas cities, El Paso has a relatively high property tax rate. But for rental real estate investors, that issue is offset by the lack of state income taxes.
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 El Paso rental property?
Quite simply, there has never been a better time to invest in rental real estate in the El Paso metropolitan area. Rising rental prices combined with a strong average capitalization rate suggests that investors can expect their rental properties to provide a positive return on investment in both the short and long terms.
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