8 Reasons Why San Diego is one of the best place to buy Investment Property

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 22 March 2016 15:40

1. Rentability
It is a great time to be a landlord but horrible time if you a looking to rent in San Diego. With less than a 4-percent vacancy rate, it’s a landlord’s market. If your rental property is in fairly good condition and priced right, you will get multiple applications.

2. Rising Rents
According to an analysis of rental prices of single family homes by real estate data provider RentRange, San Diego ranked the 10th place where rent is growing the fastest. Rents in San Diego increased 13.6% between the third quarter of 2014 and the third quarter of 2015. The San Diego County Apartment Association reported even higher rent increase, 20% up over a year ago, 44.6% up from 2005.
Rental prices nationally have grown at roughly twice the pace of average hourly wage growth, which was a paltry 2.1 percent over the past year. Rising Rents means better cash flow.

3. Rising Property Value

In February 2016, National Association of Realtors® released it’s NAR Quarterly Report, and San Diego was one of the five most expensive housing markets in the fourth quarter of 2015. Here is the list of five most expensive housing markets.

1. San Jose, $940,000
2. San Francisco, $781,600
3. Honolulu, $716,600
4. Anaheim-Santa Ana, $708,700
5. San Diego, $546,800.

Out of these 5 Markets, San Diego ranked the fastest in price appreciation and ranked 24th overall nationally.

According to the latest report from San Diego Association of Realtors, the overall Median Sales Price was up 5.9% $468,000 in February 2016.

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4. Population Growth
Population growth is a significant factor in the rising demand. The county’s population grew by an average of nearly 33,000 people annually over the past two years, according to the San Diego Association of Governments estimates. Some of this is natural growth — more births than deaths — while some of it is probably also driven by new employment opportunities that have attracted new residents from out-of-town. The California Department of Finance predicted that San Diego County’s population will grow by 31 percent to hit 4.07 million people by 2060. Due to the lack of available land to develop, I do not see the kind of overbuilding that is expected in several other same-size metropolitan markets.

5. Short-term Vacation Rental Opportunities
With over 12,000 short-term vacation rentals in the area, San Diego is rapidly becoming the fastest growing market in the country. According to Pillow, Short-term Vacation Rental Investors could be earning thousands more from their rental property. One beach community short-term average rent is $4896, compared with only $1761 for long-term rents. However, cities and communities in San Diego County have passed or will attempt to enforce restrictions on short-term rentals. If you are a Short-term Vacation Rental Investor, you have to pay attention to new regulations.

6. Out-of-town Investor Friendly
One of investors we know could not resist to purchase a Fixer house out side of California because it was so cheap. He thought he could fix and flip it. It was an online auction, he did not have time to visit so bought it without seeing it. It turns out that this house is in the very high crime area. It is so high that no contractor or real estate agents would go there. In San Diego, we do have some areas that have higher crime rates than the others but not to this extent. We always advise you to get know the area before purchasing but not having too high crime area makes San Diego out-of-town investor friendly.

7. Climate
San Diego has on average 146 sunny days and 117 partly cloudy days a year, we enjoy mild, sunny weather throughout the year. Climate is so mild that many rental properties do not have Air conditioning, which is one less appliance to worry about. Hurricanes are very rare and heavy snow and ice are very rare in the wintertime. From a real estate investor stand point, you can expect the life expectancy of exterior materials such as roofs to last longer. If you install a tank-less water heater and Drought-Tolerant Landscaping, you will have a relatively maintenance-free rental property. Although we do have some floods that damage the property now and then, it is easy to avoid those locations. Just ask the neighbors.

8. Family Friendly
Apartment List released its list of the best cities for young families, and now the company dug deeper into the data to find the best metro areas for families. San Diego is ranked at NO.4 on its most recent. San Diego received excellent scores for safety and schools, earning a B+ overall, was the safest metro area in their study.



Mark Kunce CA BRE #01458113

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Mark Kunce

Mark Kunce, SRES®, Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Co-Owner/Realtor at Avenue Properties - Palm Springs

DRE# 01458113
Cell: 760-766-6093


U.S. West Teacher of the Year In 1990

Certified One Thing Trainer

Co-Author of the Best-Selling Book “TrendSetters”

Mark was an expert guest on The Michael E. Gerber Show and joined a select group of business experts and entrepreneurs to collaborate and co-write the business and marketing book titled Trendsetters: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Top Trends To Help You Achieve Greater Health, Wealth and Success!

Mark grew up in a family involved in Real Estate Sales and Development and brings over 30 years of Real Estate experience to the Team. Mark is a remodeling expert and possesses strong working knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and design. Having proudly served our Country as a United States Marine, he mastered discipline, leadership, organizational skills, and the mental toughness that is often required in Real Estate. Mark has a Masters of Education degree and has applied his teaching skills in the United States, Japan, and Mexico. He brings great knowledge, understanding, strength, and professionalism to the Team in representing your interests.

Mark has traveled to Washington DC, and attended Fannie Mae Congressional hearings dealing with the distressed housing market. He was recently an expert guest on The Michael E. Gerber Show and joined a select group of business experts and entrepreneurs to collaborate and co-write the business and marketing book titled Trendsetters: The World’s Leading Experts Reveal Top Trends To Help You Achieve Greater Health, Wealth and Success!


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