Columbus rental vacancy rate question

Hey all, I just wanted to say this is a great board and I’ve really learned a lot, I can’t believe how much great free information there is here… :slight_smile:

I am working out the preliminary numbers for an investment plan in Columbus, Ohio. I was wondering about some trends I’m seeing as well as some numbers i’ve turned up in some quick research.

According to the US census, Columbus has a 18.9% vacancy rate for rentals in 2004, which jumped up from 12.7% in 2002. It’s about the highest in the list, the national average was something like 7%…

I’ve noticed some others on here from CMH and it seems like others are investing in Ohio real estate, and wonder if they’ve noticed anything to back this up?

Thanks beforehand for any input!