How to Profit from Lakewood Ranch Rentals

By: Adam S. Waxler

Lakewood Ranch, situated roughly 18 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and about an hour south of Tampa, in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties, seems to bucking the nation's downward trend in real estate. Even though the rest of the country is definitely struggling, Lakewood Ranch, an 8,500 acre master-planned community, has already sold more than 170 houses this year. As Brian Kennelly, President of Lakewood Ranch Commerical Realty appropriately stated, "Lakewood Ranch is without a doubt the growth corridor in the region and the state right now."

What's more, the entire Sarasota market is also improving. Total homes sales are up just over 4% for the year and the Sarasota Association of Realtors recently informed us that Sarasota just experienced their 2nd largest volume of sales in the last 6 years.

Having said that, what is important to remember concerning all these statistics that have been coming out recently concerning the Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota areas is that they are specifically discussing the volume of sales or transactions, NOT the price of the homes. Even though there is undoubtedly data to indicate that Lakewood Ranch home prices are on an upswing again they nonetheless stay surprisingly low.

There are a number of reasons why prices are low. One, there's still a good amount of skepticism about the housing market nationally and the national economy appears to have stalled once again. And two, it still remains more complicated to acquire a loan right now than it was before the housing collapse. Consequently, even though homes are more affordable now than they have been in many years, people are still reluctant to buy a home and those who desire to buy a home might not have an easy time obtaining a loan. This, consequently, has held prices low even in an area that seems to flourishing.

The good news is, this creates a market that is ideal for real estate investors. To start with, the fact that the national economy is still stagnant is keeping mortgage rates really low thereby making investing in a home even more inexpensive. And, here's the important piece…the fact that home loans are difficult to get combined with the hesitancy of people to buy a home has created a red hot rental market in Lakewood Ranch.

Rentals in Lakewood Ranch normally have numerous offers the very day they come on the market. With Lakewood Ranch homes renting for $1/ sq. ft. you will have a positive cash flow right away. Not only that, but rent prices have actually gone up in the last several years. The truth is, there is no doubt that the landlords are 100% in the driver's seat in Lakewood Ranch.

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