Columbia Now 8th-Best City In The Nation For Residential Property Rental Income

A new index shows that Columbia ranks in the top 10 U.S. cities in terms of income for residential landlords.

Compiled by All Property Management (APM), the country’s largest online network of property management services, the new report’s goal is to help investors make informed decisions based on current marketplace analysis. Factors such as residential vacancy rates, cap rates and annual rent increases were considered, in addition to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and CoreLogic.

Depicted graphically at the bottom of this page, APM’s Rental Property Management Health Index found that Columbia ranks eighth in the nation in terms of income potential for investors in residential rental properties. “The Capital of Southern Hospitality” scored a better-than-average job growth rate and low 6.15% vacancy ranking, boosting it into a Top 10 spot despite moderate housing appreciation and 9.16% annual rent increase figure.

Columbia’s work force continues to grow, and South Carolina is among the top two states in the U.S. currently attracting big businesses, according to Debbie Anderson of Real Property Management Columbia, “The rental market is alive and well in Columbia for several reasons,” says Anderson. “With job transfers, families want to live in an area for at least a year before committing to purchasing a home, and secondly, the mortgage industry now has very tight credit standards. Due to the numerous foreclosures, the pendulum has swung – maybe too far – in the other direction, making obtaining a home loan harder than ever.

“Even though the real estate market is improving, there are still a lot of foreclosures in the marketplace, making it harder to sell your home for at least what you owe on it,” continues Anderson.”We get homeowners who have been trying to sell for a while and just can’t carry their mortgages any longer without income from their properties.”

APM’s Rental Property Management Health Index provides essential information to help investors assess the long-term value of rental properties nationwide, according to Steve Cook, award winning real estate journalist and co-publisher of Real Estate Economy Watch.

“Not only does the Rental Property Management Health Index offer investors a quick, comprehensive grasp of the current rental market on a national scale, it provides the type of data that should be most important from a business standpoint, like yearly rent variances and a particular city’s urban development trends,” said Cook. “While other tools may show near term-deals on distress sales, the APM Health Index educates investors on the potential wisdom of investing in any given market for the long term, regardless of temporary price discounts or short-term market trends.”

APM’s new index provides a holistic view to aid potential investors in deciding where to purchase a profitable rental property. Research indicates 65 percent of individual investors plan to purchase additional properties in the coming year, and Wall Street firms have amassed more than $10 billion to invest in an institutional asset class.

“As investors look to explore new markets, get out of current markets, or double down, the data from this index will allow them to compare various factors and weigh which ones matter most to them,” said APM CEO Reggie Brown. “Good information is essential for a wise investment, regardless of the investor’s size.”

Founded in 2004, Seattle-based All Property Management, is the largest online network of property management services, connecting tens of thousands of property owners with thousands of licensed property managers across North America each year. All Property Management allows property owners to maximize rental investments by connecting them with professional property managers who can meet their specific property needs, from single family home rentals to multi-unit apartment complexes and homeowners’ associations.