RealtyTrac recently released a report with the top county-level housing markets for rental returns on residential property purchased in the first quarter of 2015. The report identified the 10 markets with the highest potential rental returns, including counties in Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa and Youngstown, Ohio, as well as the top 10 markets with the lowest potential rental returns, including counties in the five boroughs of New York, San Francisco, Nashville, San Jose and Washington, D.C.
The report also looked at 58 emerging rental markets for residential property investors. All 58 counties had rising potential rental returns compared to a year ago — counter to the national trend — along with rising rental rates, rising home prices, and rising average weekly wages.
The heat map below shows rental returns in all counties analyzed in the report — not just the few that made one of the lists mentioned above. Click any county with data below to view potential annual gross rental yields, potential annual cash flow, median home prices and average fair market rents based on first quarter 2015 data.