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Fourth quarter 2017 data in the HouseCanary Rental Investment Index (HCRI Index) reveal pockets of opportunity in the Southwest, with an Effective Gross Yield averaging 7.3 percent nationwide, the company recently announced. The HCRI Index measures Effective Gross Yield (EGY), a profitability metric, at national, state and zip code levels.

“The markets where rental yield is either unusually high or unusually low haven’t changed significantly in the past quarter, but our analysis shows that even in markets where EGY is average or middle-of-the-road, rental investors can still find hidden gems that will generate better-than-average returns,” says Alex Villacorta, executive vice president of Analytics at HouseCanary. “In fact, in this new normal of the housing market activity, all market participants will have to be vigilant for these micro opportunities. For example, we examined five Southwest metro areas with average or below-average EGY—Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, El Paso and Albuquerque—which are also all markets where new opportunities exist for any investors who know exactly where to look.

“No matter how hot or cold a given market, there are still opportunities for investors to make substantive returns,” Villacorta says. “Small local investors have known for years that successful rental investments require a nuanced approach to acquisition. Our latest data show that from Nevada to Texas, metros in the Southwest—like Phoenix and Las Vegas—have certain hyper-local areas where rental investors can find homes that will generate higher-than-average rental yields for them, even where home prices continue to increase.”

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