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What makes Tampa so great for real estate investors?
One reason we have a great market for investors is our close proximity to MacDill AFB. Military personnel have a guaranteed housing allowance and they usually rent before they buy. Here is one neighborhood close to the Air Force Base here in Tampa
Our unemployment rate is very low, 3.6% in November 2017. Tampa is a city that is growing at a rapid speed!
The third reason, and the most importat, is that major companies are relocating to our area by the droves.
Now that you’ve heard of the positive side of being a landlord, here are some obstacles you may face:
Don’t count on buying a condo:
Many condos have restrictions on the percentage of renters vs. owner-occupied. If the association has restrictions, the building is most likely at their maximum allowable rental capacity. Most of the condos we have seen only allow 25% of the building to be allocated for rentals. You’ll want to check with your Realtor first if you are thinking of investing in condos, Don’t be surprised if there are only a handful.
Here are a few that we have first-hand knowledge of that don’t have a cap on the percentage of rentals.
Currently, the Towers of Channelside in the up and coming Channelside district does not have restrictions on the percentage of rentals.
Another great community that you may want to check out is Cordoba Beach Park, a 2/2 condo will rent for 1700-1800 per month. You will not find a better location! Only 6 min to Tampa International Airport, and 30 min to St. Pete Beach!
Another popular area in Tampa is along Tampa Bay called Bayshore Blvd. These condos are right on the water and can be rented as well. Sorry, no Air BnB. A 7-month lease is the minimum time requirement. More about Air BnB rentals in a later post.
How much will I need to put down?
You need 35% to put down on Condos if it’s going to be used as investment property. There is an exception if the development has a portfolio lender that is willing to finance a larger amount.
It just makes sense when you consider it will be easier to get a loan, and there are no restrictions on rentals. You’ll want to double-check if the house is located in a mandatory homeowner’s association, as sometimes they can enforce restrictions on lease terms.