WalletHub released a new study of 2018’s best real estate markets and the state of Texas comes out on top. With 7 cities making it into the top 15 markets on the list, the Texas real estate market seems to be one of the best states to invest in real estate.
Never considered buying a house in Texas for investment? Let’s explore this study and the market further to see if buying an investment property here is truly a sound choice.
Study: 2018’s Best Real Estate Markets
Competition is heating up in the US housing market as it is a general seller’s market overall. With investment property mortgage rates rising, real estate values follow and supply lags behind. So even though the nation’s real estate market is doing well, not every rental property market can be called “the best.”
In fact, it can be quite difficult sometimes to label real estate markets as such, because many factors come into play. According to WalletHub, if an investor wishes to enjoy long-term growth, equity, and profit, buying an investment property in one of the cities on the list is a smart move.
How Were the Best Places to Buy Rental Property Selected?
The list was based on what any property investment decision should be: the state of the real estate market in addition to affordability and economic conditions. The following were included in the analysis:
- Past housing market trends that can paint future market predictions
- Strength of the local economy and economic health of residents
- Job growth
- Population growth
- Appreciation of median property price
- Property sales turnover rate
- Overall attractiveness of the real estate market
Of course, other factors were taken into consideration to come to these results such as number of foreclosures, vacancy rates, and even median credit score. What is most important to note is that these findings were not based solely on ROI (return on investment). In fact, some of the Texas cities listed below even have a “Real Estate Market Rank” higher than 10 (1 being the best) according to the study. However, with the right tools, you can easily find high cash on cash return investment properties in each of these markets.
While the list for the best cities to invest in rental properties we’re focused on now includes cities regardless of size, it’s interesting to note that even with size taken into consideration, the Texas real estate market still comes out on top:
- For the larger cities in the nation (more than 300,000 people), Fort Worth, TX comes in at #3 and Austin lands #8.
- For mid-sized cities (150,000-300,000 people), McKinney, TX is #1 and Irving, #6.
- And for smaller cities (under 150,000 people), Frisco, Allen, Richardson, Denton, and Carrollton all make it into the top 10.
This is another major indicator of the success you can find as a real estate investor in the Texas housing market. So, let’s look at the major reasons these cities have ranked so high in this in-depth analysis before we look at the winning cities to invest in.
Texas Real Estate Market 2018- Overview
With data from Zillow, we can get an idea of the overall condition of the Texas real estate market.
Median Property Value: $186,700
Median Property Listing Price: $289,500
Real Estate Appreciation over the Past Year: 6.7%
Real Estate Appreciation Predictions (July 2019): 4.1%
Median Rent Price: $1,575
Overall Market Ranking: Very Healthy
Supply and Demand in the Texas Real Estate Market
The housing inventory in Texas is low, as it is across the nation for the most part. However, there are some key aspects of the state of housing development in Texas that may remedy the low inventory:
- Construction employment and wages have gone up significantly
- There is a major increase in single family housing construction permits (Texas accounting for 16% of the nation’s permits issued)
Still, even with these positive signs, the inventory in the Texas housing market stands at 3.6 months, a little over half of what it should be in order to be labeled as “healthy.”
The low inventory is unable to keep up with the increasing demand. Even though property sales dropped earlier in 2018, July showed an increase of 3.8%. The days on market for the state was 56 in July. Demand is high across all price ranges thanks to the thriving economy, which we investigate next.
Texas Economy, Population, and Job Growth
Driven mostly by the energy industry, Texas’ $1.6 trillion economy is on an upward climb. Over 350,000 jobs were added this past year alone. Compared to the rest of the nation, 1 in 7 jobs created in the US was actually created in Texas.
Even though it’s not the most populous state in the country, it is definitely one of the fastest growing. With the population at around 28.3 million in 2018, experts predict the numbers to reach over 29 million in 2019.
Overall, the economic health and impressive job and population growth all typically lead to positive real estate market trends like the ones we are seeing across the Texas housing market.
The Best Cities for Real Estate Investment in Texas
The ranking for 2018’s real estate markets according to WalletHub of Texas cities is as follows accompanied with data of ROI taken from Mashvisor’s investment property calculator:
Median Property Price: $440,312
Traditional Rental Income: $2,062
Airbnb Rental Income: $2,892
Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 55.88%
Walk Score: 66
Median Property Price: $370,608
Traditional Rental Income: $1,606
Airbnb Rental Income: $2,398
Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 56.79%
Walk Score: 61
Median Property Price: $392,493
Traditional Rental Income: $1,874
Airbnb Rental Income: $1,782
Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 34%
Walk Score: 52
Median Property Price: $343,018
Traditional Rental Income: $1,894
Airbnb Rental Income: $2,576
Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 49.66%
Walk Score: 40.35
Median Property Price: $310,045
Traditional Rental Income: $1,504
Airbnb Rental Income: $1,991
Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 49.41%
Walk Score: 22.19
Median Property Price: $420,502
Traditional Rental Income: $1,915
Airbnb Rental Income: $2,906
Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 49.57%
Walk Score: 28.84
#15 Fort Worth
Median Property Price: $306,902
Traditional Rental Income: $1,593
Airbnb Rental Income: $2,807
Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 55.46%
Walk Score: 23.3
Note: Be sure to always check Airbnb regulations by city before choosing Airbnb as your rental strategy.
Ready to look for rental property in 2018’s best real estate markets in Texas? We can show you how.
How to Find Investment Property in the Texas Real Estate Market
Looking for More Affordable Investment Properties?
While the median property prices listed above are relatively affordable, you already know from Zillow’s stats that Texas has some over-valued properties. Use Mashvisor’s heatmap tool (pictured below) to find neighborhoods that have more affordable property.
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What we all really want is to be making money in real estate with a good return on investment. For this, use Mashvisor’s property finder tool (pictured below).
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If a state ranks for 7 out of 15 spots in the top markets across the nation, it should pique your curiosity as to what kind of real estate investments are there. Start looking for investment property in the Texas real estate market with Mashvisor’s tools by clicking here.
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