Orlando Investment Properties & Real Estate Outlook

Orlando is the 26th largest metro area in the U.S. and spans 4 counties with an estimated population of 2.2 mm people. The market has experienced significant recovery since the recession with home values increasing nearly 65% since 20121. However, home values still remain 35% below the prior peak and are expected to increase an additional 9% by 20192.

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Strong HPA Forecasts and Highest Household Growth Market in the U.S.

In addition to strong home price appreciation (HPA) forecasts for the Orlando market, Orlando is experiencing the highest household growth in the U.S. In 2015, households grew by 3.6%, which compares to the U.S. average of 1.0% year-over-year. In conjunction with more people moving to the area, employment is also increasing. Orlando ranks #5 in terms of employment growth across the U.S. - Orlando employment increased 4.2% in 2015 vs. the U.S. average of 1.7% over the same period3.

Another factor that makes Orlando a great Single-Family Rental (SFR) investment market, is that it has above average gross rental yields relative to other U.S. markets. Gross yields in Orlando averaged 10.4%, which is well above the national average of 9.2%4.
 What attractive about Orlando:
  • HPA and rent growth: Rent growth and home price appreciation expected to increase in parallel
  • Gross yields: Above average relative to other U.S. markets
  • Steady tourist attraction: Disney and the surrounding ecosystem provide over 100,000 people with jobs and continue to bring economic stability to the region


 Factors to watch:
  • High negative equity rate: 23.6% of homes in the Orlando market have negative equity, which is higher than the national average5


 Did You Know:
  • Orlando has over 100 parks and 21 community centers offering athletics, camps and social programs.
  • The Orlando area had more than 59 million visitors in 2013.

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1 Zillow
2 John Burns Real Estate Consulting, March 2016
3 John Burns Real Estate Consulting, March 2016
4 John Burns Real Estate Consulting, March 2016
5 Findthehome.com, January 2016


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