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Promising places to buy rental properties

Should you buy a rental home in metro Houston? In a survey of online real estate listings in the fourth quarter of 2013, Bankrate found that the median asking price for a three-bedroom house in metro Houston was $149,911, with a median rent of $1,400. Based on those numbers, an investor could recoup 11.2 percent of the investment in the first year, excluding taxes, insurance, renovations and other costs. See a map of potential investment profitability in 15 metro areas.

Houston:

Median asking price for 3-bedroom house: $149,911
Median rent for 3-bedroom house: $1,400
Gross yield: 11.2 percent

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