Top LocationsInvesting in Orlando Real Estate: The Real Deal by Hamza Abdul-Samad January 6, 2017January 31, 2019 by Hamza Abdul-Samad January 6, 2017January 31, 2019A few things come to mind when you think of Orlando, A.K.A. The City Beautiful. You might think of close beaches, Florida weather, and, who could forget, Disney World. Here’s something that you may not know about the city: Orlando has been among the top cities to invest in real estate, time and time again. Most recently, in July 2016, it was the second best city in the country for real estate investment.Related: Best Places to Invest in Real Estate in 2017Whether you plan on investing in Orlando real estate traditionally or through Airbnb, you’re in for a lucrative investment. Different reasons factor in for each method, as we will discuss.Investing in Orlando Real Estate – AirbnbReason: World-Class Tourist DestinationTwo words: Disney World. That’s all you the reason you need to invest in Airbnb in Orlando. But it’s definitely not all Orlando has to offer for tourists. The city hosts 7 of the 10 most visited theme parks in North America, and 5 of the top 10 worldwide. With Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando Resort, the city deserves its respectful title as the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World”.Orlando’s tourism industry is simply top-notch and record-breaking. In 2015, over 66 million people, from the country and around the world, visited the city. This made it the first and only city to have over 60 million tourists. The tourism industry has been a driving force in Orlando’s economy. It was recorded in 2013 that tourists spent a breathtaking $33 billion in the city. It’s safe to say you won’t be short of potential Airbnb guests and profit.But…there’s a catchOrlando is no stranger to Airbnb. In 2015, over 100,000 people visited Orlando through Airbnb. Unfortunately, however, there has been some controversy by investing in Orlando real estate through Airbnb.There have been a couple of instances in which Airbnb has caught some flak from the city. In the two situations, Airbnb rentals were violating county zoning rules. Some neighborhoods are zoned for short-term rentals while others are not. If you plan on investing in Orlando real estate through Airbnb, make sure your neighborhood permits it.Aside from zoning issues, there aren’t common Airbnb issues in Orlando. For an overview of Airbnb implications in Orlando, directly from Airbnb itself, click here.Related: Cities with the Least Airbnb Legal IssuesAirbnb’s legal situation in Orlando shouldn’t be discouraging. You don’t want to miss out on such a profitable opportunity. Just be sure that your neighborhood is qualified for short-term rentals. Consult a legal advisor for more help. With that being said, let’s show you where to have an Airbnb rental in Orlando.Top 5 Neighborhoods for Airbnb Orlando1.) College ParkMedian Price: $349,000Airbnb Rental Income: $2,190Airbnb Cash on Cash Return: 4.16%Airbnb Cap Rate: 7.58%Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 45%2.) Wadeview Park Median Price: $334,700Airbnb Rental Income: $2,076Airbnb Cash on Cash Return: 4.12%Airbnb Cap Rate: 7.55%Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 56% 3.) VenturaMedian Price: $89,500Airbnb Rental Income: $1,181Airbnb Cash on Cash Return: 7.03%Airbnb Cap Rate: 12.44%Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 46% 4.) Metro WestMedian Price: $159,450Airbnb Rental Income: $1,917Airbnb Cash on Cash Return: 7.89%Airbnb Cap Rate: 12.68%Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 50% 5.) MileniaMedian Price: $134,950Airbnb Rental Income: $1,402Airbnb Cash on Cash Return: 6.87%Airbnb Cap Rate: 11.67%Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 43.4%The cap rates and cash on cash returns in this blog are averages, yours will likely be higher.Related: 6 Real Estate Market Trends of 2017Investing in Orlando Real Estate – TraditionalOrlando isn’t just a spectacular city to visit, it’s also a great city to live in. Here’s why you should go traditional in Orlando.Reason #1 – More Jobs = More People = More Tenants It’s a simple equation that holds true, especially for Orlando. A recent survey named Orlando as the top metro city to invest in real estate primarily due to growth. The city’s year-to-year population growth was near 3%. Jobs grew as well, at 4.5% annually. Orlando’s tech industry has risen and made a name for itself. Adding to the strong job market, over 150 international companies have stations in Orlando. Population and job growth plus a relatively low cost of living attract many to live in the city, a good reason to start investing in Orlando real estate.Reason #2 – Cheaper Homes, Higher ReturnsThese are another two benefits of investing in Orlando real estate. Orlando investors received an impressive 14.9% in overall returns in the past year. This high return percentage was due to above average rental prices in the city, again, something investors take advantage of. Orlando also has relatively low home prices compared to the national level. The average home price in the city is a little over $200,000. The national average for the past year has hovered around $350,000. You get the idea.Top 5 Neighborhoods for Investing in Orlando Real Estate Traditionally 1.) Baldwin ParkMedian Price: $411,000Traditional Rental Income: $2,547Traditional Cash on Cash Return: 3.62%Traditional Cap Rate: 6.83% 2.) VenturaMedian Price: $89,500Traditional Rental Income: $1,122Traditional Cash on Cash Return: 6.44%Traditional Cap Rate: 11.81% 3.) Florida CenterMedian Price: $319,5000Traditional Rental Income: $1,946Traditional Cash on Cash Return: 3.96%Traditional Cap Rate: 7.47% 4.) Central Business DistrictMedian Price: $209,000Traditional Rental Income: $1,541Traditional Cash on Cash Return: 3.4%Traditional Cap Rate: 7.13% 5.) ConwayMedian Price: $214,200Traditional Rental Income: $1,312Traditional Cash on Cash Return: 4.08%Traditional Cap Rate: 8.28%All in all,Investing in Orlando real estate is more than just investing in your ordinary city. As an elite leader in global tourism and a vibrant economical city, you can’t go wrong by investing traditionally or through Airbnb.To get started in investing in Orlando real estate, and in other U.S. markets, start your trial at Mashvisor. Start Your Investment Property Search! START FREE TRIAL Start Your Investment Property Search! START FREE TRIAL AirbnbAirbnb RegulationsCap RateCash on Cash ReturnOrlando FLTraditional 0FacebookTwitterGoogle +PinterestLinkedin Hamza Abdul-SamadHamza is a long-time writer at Mashvisor. With a focus on real estate investing tips, concepts, and top investing locations, he aims to help all aspiring investors who come across his blogs to hit the bank with their investment property. Previous Post Sacramento Real Estate Could Be The Next Big Thing in 2017 Next Post How Data Makes Real Estate Investors Rich: A Mini Guide Related Posts What’s the Deal With the Miami Real Estate Market 2017? Why and Where to Invest in Airbnb Miami Beach 2018 Airbnb Rental Properties – The Best and the Worst Places to Invest What Are the Emerging Real Estate Markets for Investment in 2018? Texas Real Estate Market: Where to Buy Long-Term Rentals How Does the New Orleans Real Estate Market Look for Property Investments at the Beginning of 2018? 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