How do you pick a state for a real estate investment?

For information about how to pick a neighborhood, please take a look at the following article.

Buying real estate in your backyard allows tight control, more familiarity with local trends, and operating in an environment where an investor can reduce risks and increase rewards. 

There are many other reasons to invest out-of-state.

  1. Geographical diversification. This should be a very simple and straightforward factor. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
  2. Legal environment. For example, if you are interested in buying a residential asset like Multifamily, some states are more investor-friendly, some favor tenants, and some are just in between.

  1. Environmental risks, such as susceptibility to natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, fire, or earthquakes, and their potential impact on real estate values and insurance costs.

Use this link for an interactive map of environmental risk county by county.

  1. Investment Strategy and Goals: Some states are known for their stable asset prices and rent rates, which translates to slow growth but constant income; you can find such properties in the Midwest. Other states are known for high growth and more volatility. Take Florida, for example. 
  2. Affordability: If you live in NYC or San Fransisco, asset prices may be too high to invest in, so you want to consider.





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