Buying Investment Property in OKC
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10 Reasons To Invest In Oklahoma City Real Estate Market
Oklahoma City is home to just over 600,000 people. The metropolitan area is home to over a million people. The Oklahoma City housing market is stable to strong because it is slowly growing. The Oklahoma metro area grew from 1.25 to 1.4 million between 2010 and today. Here are 10 reasons to invest in the Oklahoma City real estate market.
1. It Is Landlord Friendly
Oklahoma in general is landlord friendly. In general, you don’t need a rental license to be a landlord in the state. There is no payment grace period law. Interest isn’t owed on deposits. Landlords can evict a tenant in Oklahoma City for failure to pay rent, criminal activity and material breaches of the lease. If the landlord wants to evict them for a breach of lease, a ten day written notice is required in which the tenant has to solve the issue. If they don’t, they can be given 15 days to leave. The only exception is criminal activity that poses a health or safety threat to tenants and those around them – you can evict someone immediately for that. This includes illegal drug activity in a the unit. Eviction can proceed five days after failing to pay the rent.
2. Steady Growth in Property Values
The Oklahoma City real estate market is bolstered by steady population growth of 1% to 2% a year, both within Oklahoma City itself and the surrounding suburbs. This keeps housing prices and rental rates going with the rate of inflation if not better. However, it doesn’t create the boom or bust cycles that risks landlords losing all their equity when a hot market cools.
3. Housing Stock Growth Is Slow
Oklahoma City is issuing building permits for single family housing slowly. New multi-family housing stock is slow to nonexistent. The Core to Shore redevelopment of downtown Oklahoma City will bring new commercial buildings to accompany the new convention center. However, this urban redevelopment plan does not include condo towers and apartment buildings that would lower demand for rental units in the surrounding area.
4. Long Term Potential
The Oklahoma City real estate market is bolstered over the long term by its excellent long term demographic trends. The median age is in the mid-thirties, several years younger than the rest of the country. A quarter of the population is under age 18, and because of the strong local economy, they don’t have to move away to find work. Expect locals to stay and raise their families here, keeping the local Oklahoma City housing market stable.
5. Affordable Housing Stock for Investors
The Oklahoma City real estate market is notable for how affordable real estate is. The median value of an owner-occupied home according to the Census was $143,000 as of 2016. In 2018, the media value was $155,000. Despite this price appreciation, you can buy single family homes to rent out at a fraction of the cost of a California condo.
6. A Fairly Large Pool of Potential Renters
Kiplinger gave Oklahoma City a 3 for affordability by first time home buyers. The median household income is around $50,000. This means that there is a moderately large minority of residents who cannot afford to buy a home despite the relatively low cost of real estate.
7. Good Rental Rates
According to Census.gov, the median gross rent between 2012 and 2016 in Oklahoma City was around $800. However, the rental rate depends on where you live and how large the place is. For example, a one bedroom apartment in downtown costs around $800 a month to rent whereas you’d pay about $600 a month in the suburbs. A three bedroom apartment in the suburb costs $1000-$1100 per month, whereas you’d pay $1300 or more per month for a three bedroom apartment. Many residents would pay this amount or a little more to rent a single family home, while the mortgage and property taxes on the property would let the landlord clear several hundred dollars a month.
8. Overall Market Stability
We touched on the topic of not wanting to end up buying at the peak of a housing bubble before the collapse. For those who want to know their investment will retain its value, you’ll appreciate knowing that Oklahoma City is one of the least volatile housing markets in the country. The FHFA home price index only showed year over year declines in four quarters between 2011 and 2016. While these years aren’t the worst for real estate (see the 2007-2008 housing collapse), they reflect a large part of the Obama recession where housing fluctuated wildly before beginning to recover.
9. A Large Student Population
Oklahoma City is notable for the relatively large number of colleges and universities in the area. There are five public universities in Oklahoma City and its suburbs. There are fifteen more private universities in and around the city. If you want to invest in the Oklahoma City housing market while catering to students, this diversity is a plus because the value of the housing isn’t tied to the rise and fall of one particular university.
10. It Is Better Than Tulsa in General
We think the Oklahoma City real estate market is a better choice for real estate investors than neighboring Tulsa for several reasons. Tulsa keeps showing up in lists for first time home buyers because it is more affordable than Oklahoma City. That means there are fewer potential renters who would pay well to rent a good single family home or apartment. Tulsa has twice the population density. That makes single family homes for rent more expensive and harder to find for potential landlords. The smaller average household size in Tulsa reduces the share of the population that wants to rent a larger residence, as well. Oklahoma City has a slightly lower cost of living than Tulsa, as well, attracting more residents from out of state and improving profit margins for property owners.
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