2012 was certainly a good year for landlords. The availability of low cost properties for purchase generated by foreclosures and short sales, the increased demand from potential tenants who were kicked out of the buyer’s market due to more stringent loan approval requirements, the low inventory of rental properties, and the rise of rental rates created a prime scenario for landlords. 2012 ended with a nationwide average vacancy rate of 4.5%, compared to 8% in 2009 (REIS, Inc). "The last time vacancy plunged to this low of a level was during the late 1990s when real GDP was growing substantially faster than the 2% growth rate that the economy is currently struggling to maintain," said Victor Calanog, vice president of research and economics for Reis, in a statement.
2013 has shown signs of being just as good a year, or even better, so if you are looking to acquire new properties, check out the cities expected to have the highest rise in rental rates:
San Jose, CA
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