Investors Metro Analysis

Easy and original insights to help with YOUR investment.

Specifically designed for investors in rental property, the Metro Analysis is an easy summary available for 200 markets that tells you how the local economy will affect demand for rentals, now and when your tenants turn over. For each local zip code we identify the sweet spot of rents, where the largest number of renters are found and finding tenants is easiest. For each zip code we help you decide what types of investment are favored – straight single-family rentals, sub-dividing into several units, apartments, upgrades?$199 per Market

Each Report Includes:


  • Expected Returns. The rating of Low, Medium or High for cash-on-cash and equity returns is based on our forecast of rents and home prices.
  • Risk. The main risks to investors are that home prices will fall (especially after a bubble) and that rents will be weak (usually because of a local recession). The rating of Low, Medium or High is a combination of these two.


  • Options: The types of investments favored in the current economic conditions.
  • Economy: The local economy, especially jobs, population growth, home prices and total local income, all of which affect current and future demand for housing. The local economy is the driver of demand for housing.
  • Risk: Guidance for the current risk situation.

Three Essential Charts

  • Home Prices: How quickly home prices have been rising- and therefore the strength of demand for single-family homes and rentals.  Trends usually continue.
  • Jobs: The rate at which jobs have been increasing – and therefore the strength of future demand for housing.  Under 1 percent is poor, over 2 percent is good.
  • Income Price: The comparison of home prices to the ‘income’ price, related to local income.  When prices are well above the ‘income’ price, a market is over-priced and could be in a dangerous bubble.  When prices remain well below the ‘income’ price, the market is weak.
  • Stats.  Average home price and rent, our 3-year forecast for each, and the ratio of home price to annual rent; when the ratio is above 20, investors are better off sub-dividing a property.
  • Positives & Negatives: Good and bad points in plain language.

County Comparison (for some markets)

  • Current home prices and rents, our 3-year forecast for each, and the ratio of prices to annual rents. The 3-year total income growth is a measure of upward pressure on home prices.

Covid Analysis

  • Special analysis that shows the vulnerability of the local economy to Covid-related job losses. Charts show the Pre-Covid job structure of the local economy and actual job losses or gains in the most recent month.

Investment Analysis for Local Zip Codes

  • Because most renters move within two years, investors must know the range of rents where they will find the highest concentration of renters, so they can most easily fill a vacancy.
  • The ratio of home prices to rents indicates the best investment options in each zip code. Apartments? Subdividing? Single-family rentals? Upgrades?
  • Other local zip code data include population, percent of renters, average home price and rent, our 3-year forecast of rents, actual home price increases in the last two years, and our home price forecast for the current year.


Each market report, specifically designed for rental investors, is only $199.


Markets Available

Click on a state to see which markets are available. To search by zip code, click here.

Anchorage, AK

Birmingham, AL
Huntsville, AL
Mobile, AL
Montgomery, AL

Fayetteville, AR
Fort Smith, AR
Little Rock, AR

Phoenix, AZ
Tucson, AZ

Anaheim, CA
Bakersfield, CA
Fresno, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Modesto, CA
Oakland, CA
Oxnard, CA
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA
Sacramento, CA
Salinas, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose-Sunnyvale, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
Stockton, CA
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
Visalia, CA

Boulder, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO
Fort Collins, CO
Greeley, CO

Bridgeport-Fairfield County, CT
Hartford, CT
New Haven, CT
Norwich, CT

Greater Washington, DC

Wilmington, DE

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
Deltona-Daytona Beach, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Gainesville, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Lakeland, FL
Miami, FL
Naples, FL
North Port-Bradenton, FL
Ocala, FL
Orlando, FL
Palm Bay-Melbourne, FL
Pensacola, FL
Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL
West Palm Beach, FL

Athens, GA
Atlanta, GA
Augusta, GA
Savannah, GA

Honolulu, HI

Cedar Rapids, IA
Davenport, IA
Des Moines, IA

Boise City, ID

Champaign, IL
Chicago, IL
Lake County-Kenosha, IL
Peoria, IL
Rockford, IL

Fort Wayne, IN
Gary, IN
Indianapolis, IN
South Bend, IN

Topeka, KS
Wichita, KS

Lexington, KY
Louisville, KY

Baton Rouge, LA
Lafayette, LA
New Orleans, LA
Shreveport, LA

Barnstable-Cape Cod, MA
Boston, MA
Springfield, MA
Worcester, MA

Baltimore, MD
Frederick, MD
Hagerstown, MD

Portland, ME

Ann Arbor, MI
Detroit, MI
Flint, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Kalamazoo, MI
Lansing, MI
Warren, MI

Duluth, MN
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Rochester, MN

Kansas City, MO
Springfield, MO
St. Louis, MO

Gulfport, MS
Jackson, MS

Asheville, NC
Charlotte, NC
Durham, NC
Fayetteville, NC
Greensboro, NC
Hickory, NC
Raleigh, NC
Wilmington, NC
Winston-Salem, NC

Fargo, ND

Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE

Manchester, NH

Atlantic City, NJ
Camden, NJ
Newark, NJ
Trenton, NJ

Albuquerque, NM

Las Vegas, NV
Reno, NV

Albany, NY
Buffalo, NY
Long Island, NY
New York City, NY
Rochester, NY
Syracuse, NY

Akron, OH
Canton, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Dayton, OH
Toledo, OH
Youngstown, OH

Oklahoma City, OK
Tulsa, OK

Eugene, OR
Portland, OR
Salem, OR

Allentown, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Lancaster, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Reading, PA
Scranton, PA
York, PA

Providence, RI

Charleston, SC
Columbia, SC
Greenville, SC
Myrtle Beach, SC
Spartanburg, SC

Sioux Falls, SD

Chattanooga, TN
Kingsport, TN
Knoxville, TN
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN

Austin, TX
Beaumont, TX
Brownsville, TX
College Station, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
Dallas, TX
El Paso, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Killeen, TX
Lubbock, TX
McAllen, TX
San Antonio, TX
Waco, TX

Ogden, UT
Provo-Orem, UT
Salt Lake City, UT

Charlottesville, VA
Lynchburg, VA
Richmond, VA
Roanoke, VA
Virginia Beach, VA

Burlington, VT

Bellingham, WA
Bremerton, WA
Kennewick, WA
Olympia, WA
Seattle, WA
Spokane, WA
Tacoma, WA

Green Bay, WI
Madison, WI
Milwaukee, WI

Charleston, WV
Huntington, WV


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