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Buying Rental Properties

Median home price in 2012: $122,000
Projected home price in 2015:$131,000
 
Projected annual rent in 2015: $12,829


Ever thought about becoming a landlord? Now might just be the perfect time, especially if you're looking at a real estate market like Las Vegas. 

Home prices in Las Vegas are still greatly depressed -- down 62% from the 2006 peak, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index -- making for some great bargains for investors. Meanwhile, rents continue to climb, according to a recent report from based on analysis by a Local Market Monitor. 

Of the 316 markets Local Market Monitor reviewed, Las Vegas ranked number one based on estimated returns on investment for single-family rental properties. 

Cities were ranked by estimated future returns investors can expect when they buy single-family homes and rent them out. According to Local Market Monitor's data, for example, investors in Las Vegas will have a 5.6 percentage-point higher return on a rental property than the national average of 5%. 

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