Posted 06/01/2018

by Aly J. Yale

Aly J. Yale is a mortgage and real estate writer based in Houston. Connect with her at or on Twitter

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Rental property investors: here’s where to buy to maximize ROI

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Aly J. Yale

The Mortgage Reports Contributor

Where to buy rentals

Though average rental investors can expect a yield of about 8 percent on each home in their portfolio, in some cities, those returns are almost doubled. According to recent data, investors in Kansas City and Pittsburgh can make 14 percent or more.

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Kansas City is king

According to the most recent Canary Rental Index, rental property investors in Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas, see the biggest annual gross yields out of all major metros in the U.S. Investors in the city rake in 14.1 percent on each property.

Pittsburgh ranked at No. 1 for highest gross yields at 14 percent, while Memphis, Tennessee, took No. 3. Memphis investors see yields of 13.3 percent.

Other cities to also post above-10 percent gross yields were Birmingham, Alabama; Buffalo, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Indianapolis; Rochester, New York; St. Louis; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The average gross yield for rental property investors is 7.7 percent, according to the Index.

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Lowest ROI cities

The metro with the lowest yields for rental property investors was San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California, where the average ROI clocks in at just 2.8 percent.

Additionally, nearby San Diego and Sacramento had similarly low ROIs. Las Vegas and Seattle also had gross yields under 5 percent, while New York City investors see a mere 5 percent ROI on rental properties.

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Other cities that also came in under the national average ROI for rental properties included: Providence, Rhode Island; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; Minneapolis; Denver; Raleigh, North Carolina;  Riverside, California; Nashville; Miami and Orlando, Florida; and Hartford, Connecticut.

All three of the Lone Star State’s major metros Dallas, Austin and Houston — also showed below-average yields for rental investors.

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Are you looking to boost your portfolio with a rental property in one of these high-ROI cities? Then shop around and see what mortgage rates you qualify for today.

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Aly J. Yale

The Mortgage Reports Contributor

Aly J. Yale is a mortgage and real estate writer based in Houston. Connect with her at or on Twitter

The information contained on The Mortgage Reports website is for informational purposes only and is not an advertisement for products offered by Full Beaker. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not reflect the policy or position of Full Beaker, its officers, parent, or affiliates.

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