U.S. cities every property investor should look at in 2018

Every homebuyer has their own reasons for wanting to invest. It could be they want to get on the property ladder. It could be they want a home of their own. It could be they are investors looking to build their portfolio by joining a specific crowd.

Perhaps they have their eye on a second home. Being a landlord that enjoys the fruits of the rental market is another one, as is having a retirement plan.

Whatever the reasons, there is one overarching need that links every type of buyer and that is they want and need to be smart with their money. It is about affordability and growth potential. It is about making a smart investment, and the most important variable in achieving this is being smart about where you buy.

Whatever the reasons, there is one overarching need that links every type of buyer and that is they want and need to be smart with their money. It is about affordability and growth potential. It is about making a smart investment, and the most important variable in achieving this is being smart about where you buy.

Remember, it is all about location, location, location.

With that in mind, we have been on the lookout for housing markets that offer the most bang for your buck. What we mean by this is, we have been on the lookout for housing markets that you can be confident about investing in.

Of course, it is important to note that if you are an investor looking for a quick buck or someone that has interest in flipping houses then this list is not going to be for you. However, if you are looking to make an investment that rewards you in the long run without too much risk, then this is absolutely the list for you, especially as we head into 2018.

Of course, it is important to note that if you are an investor looking for a quick buck or someone that has interest in flipping houses then this list is not going to be for you. However, if you are looking to make an investment that rewards you in the long run without too much risk, then this is absolutely the list for you, especially as we head into 2018.

Sacramento, California

This is a city that has been enjoying its fair share of growth in the past couple of years and it is projected that the real estate market will continue to climb by around 4.8 percent next year too.

As far as cities go, Sacramento may not be the biggest with its population of about half-a-million.

However, it is considered to be an immensely desirable place to live, which makes the demand to live here an attractive factor when it comes to investing. It is also a place that is celebrated for its diversity as well as its history and culture, part of the reason why so many tend to flock here.

The other attractive variables that are worth jotting down into the ‘pros’ column are the low cost of living compared to other Californian cities anyway, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as the fact incomes are increasing at the steady rate of one percent per annum.

In terms of unemployment, the job market remains as stable as ever here, with just over five percent of the population being unemployed. Want a safe bet, then this is it.

It is also a place that is celebrated for its diversity as well as its history and culture, part of the reason why so many tend to flock here.

The other attractive variables that are worth jotting down into the ‘pros’ column are the low cost of living compared to other Californian cities anyway, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as the fact incomes are increasing at the steady rate of one percent per annum. In terms of unemployment, the job market remains as stable as ever here, with just over five percent of the population being unemployed. Want a safe bet, then this is it.

Denver, Colorado

The capital of The Centennial State is another big city that made the list of real estate markets to watch. What may shock you, though, is the fact the projected growth rate is relatively low considering it is only expected to rise by 3.7 percent in the coming twelve months.

But while this may have you ready to scroll down and check out the next option, the incredible city of Denver does have a lot of other things going for it that make this a rather attractive market, and somewhere you should seriously consider getting a foothold into sooner rather than later. You see, the unemployment rate in Denver is one of the lowest anywhere in the country at just 2.6 percent of the population, while income is rising at the same rate as most other U.S. cities.

The other thing you should take into account is how desirable this place is. Residents are close to some of the best ski resorts anywhere in the world, while sports and activity enthusiasts tend to love living here too. Desirability is a good thing and should never be undervalued.

Austin, Texas

There is a reason why Austin has consistently made it onto lists of the fastest growing US cities, something that has encouraged the real estate market to grow from strength to strength too.

The state may be known as the Lone Star State, but this city deserves to be known as the Entrepreneurial city because it is a hotspot for success stories and a big reason why the economy is doing so strong here. The great news is, luxury can still be snapped up for a great price here.

So whether you want to live in a luxury apartment complex in the heart of the city or a glorious home in the suburbs, accessibility still falls in your favour.

The reason why it continually grows year on year is partly to do with the plethora of top universities that can be found here, partly to do with the growing number of tech startups and partly to do with the sheer size of the city that attracts top talent and young professionals by the shipload.

The reason why it continually grows year on year is partly to do with the plethora of top universities that can be found here, partly to do with the growing number of tech startups and partly to do with the sheer size of the city that attracts top talent and young professionals by the shipload.

It is a bustling city that has everything you could need, which is why this city is nearly at one million residents. Demand is high and so is the potential for growth.

Portland, Oregon

When you close your eyes and think of the stereotypes surrounding Portland, you probably think about this place being a hipster haven.

What you should think about, however, is that this place which is set to enjoy a real estate growth of around 5.3 percent before 2019 greets us with a wave.

What is totally bonkers, though, is that this big figure of over five percent actually shows this city is cooling off slightly as, last year, Portland saw a growth of fifteen percent. Fifteen percent.

What makes this place so desirable is not just its sheer size and diversity, but the amazing parks, its entertainment scene, the chance for people to enjoy fine dining and cool eateries, and the income growth that currently stands at just over one percent. What’s more, the unemployment rate here is currently below five percent, which is an attractive factor to weigh in with too.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City has enjoyed a radical surge of interest over recent years and is fast becoming the place to live.

We can’t pinpoint an exact reason, but it probably has a lot to do with the respected University of Utah, the growing number of tech startups that launch here (it is consistently called ‘the new Silicon Valley’), the fact its young population are also highly-educated, and the fact there are some very big companies that have very big offices here. We’re talking about big businesses like Delta and Marriott.

We can’t pinpoint an exact reason, but it probably has a lot to do with the respected University of Utah, the growing number of tech startups that launch here (it is consistently called ‘the new Silicon Valley’), the fact its young population are also highly-educated, and the fact there are some very big companies that have very big offices here. We’re talking about big businesses like Delta and Marriott.

The income growth rate is pretty standard but the unemployment rate is one of the lowest around. Anyway, in terms of figures and what kind of investment you will be making, the next year or so is predicted to see house prices rise by around 4.6 percent.

Yup, it is a good time to be a homeowner in Salt Lake City, Utah. Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned that it is also considered to have one of the most content populations thanks to the activities offered up by the awesome state of Utah.

Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned that it is also considered to have one of the most content populations thanks to the activities offered up by the awesome state of Utah.

Seattle, Washington

If we had to describe Seattle in one word, we would have to consider using ‘expensive.’

However, it is set to become even more expensive over the next year, at least according to Zillow. In fact, they expect Seattle homes to become almost six percent more expensive.

On paper, this is good news for homeowners.

In practice, though, it is only going to fuel the fires of the housing crisis that has seen a lot of residents feel the pinch, many of whom have decided to move to a more affordable location.

That said, it is still a very attractive place to purchase if you have the means because a lot of big companies now operate from within the city walls, including that teeny-tiny company you may have heard of called Amazon.

This is continuing to bring in employees and with them an increase in house prices. As for those all-important variables we keep mentioning, well, income is rising at a steady rate and unemployment is below the national average.

Nashville, Tennessee

That brings us to Nashville, one of our favourite cities anywhere in the world and one of the most attractive places to invest in property at the moment, and in the immediate future. In fact, it is projected that house prices here will go up by another 4.5 percent.

What makes it such a fine place to buy, though, is not just the growth possibility or the country music but the city as a whole. The healthcare sector is a big employer here and that is one of the main reasons why real estate is booming, employment is growing and income is rising at an above-average rate. According to all the young professionals that live here, though, it is all about the career opportunities, quality of life and cost of living. That is why people love this place and why you should seriously put a red circle around this part of the US.

The healthcare sector is a big employer here and that is one of the main reasons why real estate is booming, employment is growing and income is rising at an above-average rate. According to all the young professionals that live here, though, it is all about the career opportunities, quality of life and cost of living. That is why people love this place and why you should seriously put a red circle around this part of the US.

According to all the young professionals that live here, though, it is all about the career opportunities, quality of life and cost of living. That is why people love this place and why you should seriously put a red circle around this part of the US.

What makes it such a fine place to buy, though, is not just the growth possibility or the country music but the city as a whole. The healthcare sector is a big employer here and that is one of the main reasons why real estate is booming, employment is growing and income is rising at an above-average rate. According to all the young professionals that live here, though, it is all about the career opportunities, quality of life and cost of living.

The healthcare sector is a big employer here and that is one of the main reasons why real estate is booming, employment is growing and income is rising at an above-average rate.

According to all the young professionals that live here, though, it is all about the career opportunities, quality of life and cost of living.

That is why people love this place and why you should seriously put a red circle around this part of the U.S.

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