Author Topic: how to identify a market?  (Read 969 times)


  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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how to identify a market?
« on: November 20, 2016, 06:54:24 PM »
Greetings. I want to invest $40K and maybe ask a partner to co-invest $20-40K so that would allow us to buy up to $240-320K worth of real estate. Definitely something out of California (where I live), and I'm wondering where can I buy a duplex or triplex for that amount in a mid-western college town? Are there any tools available to identify properties in this price range and location?

Any pointers are much appreciated!


  • Stubble
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Re: how to identify a market?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2016, 10:49:26 AM »
Try LoopNet or Zillow. Find the college and then search nearby. When using Zillow select apartments.

I would work on narrowing your market down some. The Midwest is big and with 240,000 you have a lot of options, even with the criteria of being near a college. I know that in the Midwest city that I invest in 240,000 would get you a 5 unit near a college. Here's an example:

1115 Woodlawn Ave, Springfield, OH 45504
10 beds 5 baths 6,042 sqft

Duplexes in this same city will run you about $50,000. If you paid $240,000 you would have be taken advantage.

I would recommend that you partner with someone who is familiar with the neighborhood you are investing in. One block might be good and the next block over might be rough. Sometimes it even matters what side of the street you are buying. Some colleges will not allow student to live off campus, if that's who you want to rent to.


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Re: how to identify a market?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2016, 01:21:51 AM »
 There are various rental portals where you can refine your search by specifying price range, location and  type of property.