Airbnb RentalsWhat Are the Most Popular Airbnb Cities in the US in 2018? by Ranah Asad July 16, 2018January 27, 2019 by Ranah Asad July 16, 2018January 27, 2019You can make money in real estate and generate positive cash flow in numerous ways without having to torture yourself. One great way to start putting cash in your pockets is from rental properties. There are many factors which are influential to the success of rental properties. Before you invest in rental properties, you need to take into consideration variables such as cash on cash return, occupancy rate, and cap rate.Likewise, you need to choose an investment strategy that suits your financial situation. Do you want to invest in traditional rentals or Airbnb rentals? If you are looking for Airbnb investment properties across the country, then you are definitely wondering which of the most popular Airbnb cities have the highest Airbnb rental income.Related: Here Are the Most Profitable Airbnb Cities at the Beginning of 2018Airbnb rental income is what determines the profits real estate investors make from Airbnb investments. The factors that affect your Airbnb rental income are location, occupancy rate, and property management. Before naming the most popular Airbnb cities, let’s discuss each factor separately.Related: The 8 Best Places to Invest in Real Estate for High Airbnb Rental Income in 2018The location of the investment propertyLocation is the key to determining the profitability and return on investment for your investment property. It is the first thing to take into consideration before purchasing an investment property (traditional or Airbnb). Normally, the most popular Airbnb cities are those that attract a high number of tourists, are highly populated, and are home to major companies, industries, and universities.Before making any decisions, you want to make sure the area you are searching in legally allows Airbnb investment properties. Why waste your time searching in cities where Airbnb is illegal? To help you find the right locations for Airbnb investing, use Mashvisor. Mashvisor’s platform can make your search easier and faster.To start looking for and analyzing the best investment properties in your city and neighborhood of choice, click here.Occupancy rateThe occupancy rate for an investment property is the amount of time the property is occupied by tenants throughout the year. The occupancy rate depends on two main factors: the location of the property and how well the real estate investor advertises his/her property. A property that receives a high rating and great reviews tends to have a higher demand than properties that lack good tenant reviews. The higher the demand, the greater the Airbnb rental income for your property will be.Related: Dealing with Low Airbnb Occupancy Rate? Here’s the SolutionProperty managementYour Airbnb rental income is also affected by how well or how bad you manage your property. Managing short-term rentals requires a lot of effort due to the constant tenant turnover. You can either self-manage the property, which would mean that you would have to live near the rental property or you could hire professional Airbnb property management. Each option comes with a price to pay. Self-management requires your full commitment and time, while a management company is very costly. Most professional property management companies charge real estate investors 8-12% of their property’s rental rate. This will definitely affect your expected Airbnb rental income and profit margin.Related: 6 Reasons to Choose Airbnb Property Management: The Easy Way to Rent on AirbnbUseful tools for finding Airbnb rental propertiesAs I mentioned, Mashvisor’s platform has an array of tools that can make your search for Airbnb investment properties easier. To find these properties in the most popular Airbnb cities, use the following tools from Mashvisor:Mashvisor’s heatmap: Our heatmap tool allows investors to find the investment properties faster using color-coded visual cues. The map is colored to highlight the different areas according to your selected criteria (listing price, cash on cash return, rental income or Airbnb occupancy rate). To find out more about Mashvisor’s heatmap and how you can find Airbnb rentals in the most popular Airbnb cities, read: Airbnb Rentals: Finding Income Properties Using a HeatmapMashvisor’s property finder: The property finder automatically gives you the best performing properties in the city/cities of your choice. You can find Airbnb rental properties that have the highest potential for returns.Investment property calculator: With this tool, property investors are able to calculate the different values related to the Airbnb investment property. You can calculate cash on cash return, cap rate, or cash flow.Sign up with Mashvisor to get full access to these real estate investment tools to help you find the best Airbnb investment property with the highest Airbnb rental income!Now let’s begin naming the most popular Airbnb cities in 2018.1. Nashville, TennesseeNashville is considered one of the most popular Airbnb cities in 2018 due to its increasing population growth and tourist attraction. It has a stable legal framework in terms of short-term rentals and is currently one of the most successful U.S real estate markets. According to Mashvisor’s data, the best neighborhoods in Nashville for Airbnb investment are Germantown and Melrose:Germantown:Airbnb occupancy rate: 63%Airbnb rental income: $6,013Airbnb cash on cash return: 12%Airbnb cap rate: 12%Median price: $345,000Melrose:Airbnb occupancy rate: 67.6%Airbnb rental income: $6,783Airbnb cash on cash return: 8%Airbnb cap rate: 8%Median price: $576,756Related: How About Investing in Airbnb Nashville in Early 2018?2. Las Vegas, NevadaLas Vegas checks off all the boxes for most popular Airbnb cities. Besides its crazy tourist attractions throughout the entire year, Las Vegas is known for its high rental rates, especially for short-term rentals. From Mashvisor’s data, it appears that the best neighborhoods in Las Vegas for Airbnb investing are Huntridge and Rancho Charles.Huntridge:Airbnb occupancy rate: 60.7%Airbnb rental income: $2,762Airbnb cash on cash return: 7.08%Airbnb cap rate: 7.08%Median price: $238,429Rancho Charles:Airbnb occupancy rate: 58.95%Airbnb rental income: $2,728Airbnb cash on cash return: 5.86%Airbnb cap rate: 5.86%Median price: $291,5853. Baltimore, MarylandBaltimore’s growing real estate market is making it one of the most popular Airbnb cities for Airbnb investment. The median price of Baltimore housing increased 10% since 2017 which is an expected trend for coming years. Let’s see the most recent numbers for Baltimore from Mashvisor’s investment property calculator and which neighborhood is the best for Airbnb investment.Read “The 5 Most Profitable Airbnb Locations According to Mashvisor’s Investment Property Calculator” to find more locations!Old Town:Airbnb occupancy rate: 54.37%Airbnb rental income: $2,098Airbnb cash on cash return: 10.94%Airbnb cap rate: 10.94%Median price: $94,5004. Virginia Beach, VirginiaVirginia Beach is a great resort city with miles of beach which is one of the reasons why it’s considered one of the most popular Airbnb cities. It is a very populous city and especially great for buying vacation home rentals. Here are the numbers we got for the neighborhood of Seatack in Virginia Beach from Mashvisor’s data:Seatack:Airbnb occupancy rate: 62.6%Airbnb rental income: $2,708Airbnb cash on cash return: 5.68%Airbnb cap rate: 5.68%Median Price: $304,4805. Palm Springs, CaliforniaWhy is this city one of the most popular Airbnb cities in the US? Because of its high popularity among tourists. The amount of tourism this city attracts is enough to cover the expenses of rental properties and make them profitable. Here are Mashvisor’s stats for Palm Springs, California.Palm Springs:Airbnb occupancy rate: 50.88%Airbnb rental income: $4,596Airbnb cash on cash return: 4.56%Airbnb cap rate: 4.56%Median Price: %660,946The bottom lineWhenever you decide to invest in Airbnb rental properties, always keep in mind the most popular Airbnb cities. With these locations, you will guarantee high returns and steady positive cash flow from your Airbnb rental income. Do not ponder on how to start looking for these properties. Simply use Mashvisor’s tools and you will be ready to go. So make sure you visit our website at Mashvisor.com and begin your search. Start Your Investment Property Search! START FREE TRIAL Start Your Investment Property Search! START FREE TRIAL Baltimore MDLas Vegas NVNashville TNPalm Springs CAVirginia Beach VA 0FacebookTwitterGoogle +PinterestLinkedin Ranah AsadRanah is a long-term content writer at Mashvisor with a degree in strategic studies who enjoys writing about all aspects of the real estate investment business. Previous Post The Top 6 Websites to Find Homes for Sale Near Me Next Post Indianapolis Investment Properties: Why and Where to Find Them in 2018 Related Posts The 10 Best Places for Buying a Vacation Home in Florida in 2021 Airbnb Real Estate Investing: 3 Steps to Success 5 Lies You’ve Heard About Investing in Vacation Rental Properties 2018’s Top Real Estate Markets with High Rental Income in the US Orlando Real Estate Market 2018: Wondering Where to Invest? Now Is the Perfect Time Start to Investing in Vacation Home Rentals! Airbnb Palm Springs in 2018: Yes or No? 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