Investors Metro Analysis

Easy and original insights to help with YOUR investment.

Specifically designed for investors in rental property, the Investors Metro Analysis tells you how the local economy will affect demand for rentals, the sweet spot of rents in each local zip code – where the largest number of renters are found – and what types of investment are favored in each zip code.


A   Risk and Return Ratings (High, Medium or Low). The Cash-on-Cash Expected Return is linked to our forecast of rents. The Equity Expected Return is linked to our forecast of home prices.

The Risk Rating is a summary of how much risk you must contend with, including the prospects for growth, rents and home prices. If the risk is High you must drive a hard bargain.

The INVESTMENT OPTIONS, LOCAL ECONOMY, and RISK sections discuss how key local elements affect investment decisions.

B   Chart of Home Price Increases. These are annual rates of increase, measured every quarter. They indicate the recent strength of demand for all housing, homes and rentals. Increases above 6 percent show strong demand, below 3 percent they show weak demand.

C   Chart of Job Increases. These are annual rates of increase, measured every quarter. Job growth usually is a good indicator of future demand for housing.

D   Chart of Home Prices. The blue bars show the annual history of actual home prices, the red dots show a comparison ‘income’ price – linked to local income. If actual prices are well above the ‘income’ price, the market is over-priced and may be in a boom and bust cycle.

E   Forecasts and NATIONAL Commentary. Average home price and monthly rent, the ratio of average home price to average annual rent, and our three-year home price and rent forecasts. The local situation is always affected by larger national developments.

F   Job Structure by Sector. Shows the percent of local jobs in major sectors to identify what drives the local economy. A large business services sector, for example, presents the possibility of good future growth. The healthcare, education and government sectors were financially stressed during the pandemic and likely will produce slower growth in the next few years.

G   Average Rent & Home Price. Annual increases that show how well average rents rise along with home prices, which often are more volatile.

H   Strategic Zip Code Analysis. For all local zip codes with a population over 5,000, the percent of renters, Best Rent Range, average monthly rent, average home price (thousands), ratio of home price to average annual rent, Zip Tips, and three years of actual home price increases.

  1. You’re more likely to find suitable tenants in a zip code with a high percent of renters.
  2. The Best Rent Range is where you’ll have the easiest time finding tenants. Remember that the average tenant moves within two years! You will often need to find new tenants. Above the range you’ll find fewer tenants, especially in down markets; below the range more tenants will have financial problems. If you rent outside the range you must get a higher return to make up for the higher risk.
  3. The Price Rent Ratio shows how much the homeowner and renter segments overlap. If the ratio is above 22, it’s difficult to find tenants who can afford to rent a single-family home — apartments or sub-dividing a home into several rental units are better options. If the ratio is below 16, the homeowner segment is weak and renting out a single-family home in the Best Rent Range is favored.
  4. Zip Tips identify zip codes where good home price increases over the last three years indicate steady demand. Within these zips, the Price Rent Ratio suggests which kind of investment is favored. SR, single-family rental. Apt/S, apartments or subdividing. UG, upgrading to a higher rent. Z indicates a large number of single-family rentals.


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


Markets Available

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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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