Albany, CA Named Best Bay Area-Real Estate Investing Market

Albany, Calif., Named Best Market for Real Estate Investing in the Bay Area

Albany, Calif., Named Best Market for Real Estate Investing in the Bay Area
According to HomeUnion®, a zip code in the East Bay offers investors the highest returns and lowest risk

LOS ALTOS, Calif., Sept. 14, 2017 – HomeUnion®, an online real estate investing platform, has identified zip codes in five metros that maximize real estate returns while minimizing risk over a five-year horizon. To rank the neighborhoods, HomeUnion® analyzed the attractiveness of a neighborhood for investing in single-family rentals (SFRs) over five years, as well as school quality. To qualify, each zip code must have schools ranked in the 70th percentile or higher by Maponics.

“As more Americans seek to diversify their investment portfolios into real estate, we have put together a list of the best zip codes in the heated Bay Area real estate market to own over a five-year period or longer,” explains Steve Hovland, director of research for HomeUnion®. “SFRs in locations with highly ranked schools are traditionally attractive to long-term investors, and one of the most important measures of quality for both home buyers and renters.”

Here are the top five zip codes for real estate investors seeking five-year returns in the Bay Area:

Zip Code

City Median
Home Price
Average Rent Average Annualized Return*

School Ranking as Percentile

94706Albany, Calif.$852,000$3,2664.1%76.1
94549Lafayette, Calif.$1,237,500$4,3733.5%90.3
94556Moraga, Calif.$1,104,000$5,1023.9%92.2
94583San Ramon, Calif.$894,000$3,8273.7%89.2
94588Pleasanton, Calif.$955,000$3,6433.6%87.6

*Total return includes projected appreciation and cash flow based on HomeUnion®’s proprietary underwriting methodology.

Sources: HomeUnion® Research Services, Maponics


About HomeUnion®
HomeUnion® is an online real estate investing platform. Based in Irvine, Calif., it provides all the services needed for individuals to invest remotely in rental properties. The company uses a combination of research and proprietary analytics to incorporate data on over 110 million homes and 200,000 neighborhoods into their database, and then delivers its solutions to an on-the-ground infrastructure that currently serves 11 locations. HomeUnion®’s role spans the lifecycle of the investment transaction: identifying sound investments, handling all aspects of acquisition, maximizing income, protecting asset value, and selling the asset when the time comes.
Media Contact:
Stacey Corso
Communications Manager, HomeUnion®

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