The Hottest Real Estate Investment Markets in 2019

As a real estate investor, you’re always on the lookout for the next big thing. As with any type of investing, you need to make sure that you’re striking while the iron is hot so that you can make your money go further. However, doing all of the research into different markets and trends takes a lot of work and attention to detail.

Fortunately, we’ve done all of that for you.

As we enter the new year, we want to make it easy for you to know where to put your money in real estate in 2019. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the top ten markets that will help you see dollar signs in your eyes.


We all know that everything is bigger in Texas, and that extends to real estate investments as well. This state is experiencing rapid growth and expansion, which makes it a prime choice for investors looking for both high returns and a stable market.

There are two particular places in Texas where your money can go further, so let’s look at them in a bit greater detail.


Sure, this city isn’t the largest in the state, and it indeed isn’t expanding as rapidly as other parts of the country, but one reason we love Austin is that the growth it does have is exceptionally stable and sustainable.

One of Austin’s strengths is its diversity, as well as its appeal for young people. Since younger generations are more primed to rent, this market is ideal for anyone who wants to manage rental properties for a sustainable revenue stream. Also, with a relatively low cost of living and many high-paying jobs in the area, this market will only continue to grow.

Dallas/Fort Worth

Like Austin, this city is excellent for investment because of a strong economy and a growing workforce. However, what sets Dallas apart and makes it slightly better than its counterpart is the fact that new development is much more expansive. This city is larger than Austin, so it has more demand, which means a greater supply is necessary.

Simply put, investing in new developments in Dallas/Ft. Worth is sure to make your pocketbook happy.


Sure, this state is always in the news (almost never in a good way), and it deals with environmental struggles more than most other states (i.e., hurricanes), but it’s still an excellent place for investors. Just because the local population is a bit eccentric doesn’t mean that Florida is a bad investment.


Year after year, this city is on the top five list of best investment markets. Obviously, Disney and tourism have a lot to do with this, but what’s so remarkable is that Orlando’s growth is not only neverending, but it’s sustainable as well.

Currently, the factors that are driving Orlando’s value are an increasing population (someone has to maintain all of those roller coasters) and improving quality of life. It seems that the occasional hurricane is doing little to disparage new people from pouring in.

Tampa Bay

On the other side of the state, Tampa and St. Petersburg are quickly becoming hot markets for investors. These cities have always been tempting, but they’ve usually been just outside of the top 10 list. This year, however, they are experiencing more growth and more development than usual, which means that now is the perfect time to put your money here.

The best investment in Tampa right now is homebuilding. This city is building more homes than anywhere else in the country (second only to Nashville), meaning that you can do a lot by either flipping houses or creating new ones for all of the incoming residents.

North Carolina

Although the South isn’t usually known for its progressiveness, some parts of the state are becoming far more attractive to the younger millennial crowd, making it a prime investment market for 2019.


This city has always been a stable and reliable investment, even if it wasn’t as lucrative or as sexy as other markets (like Orlando). However, this year we’re seeing a booming population of people under 44, meaning that it’s primed for a lot of rental units and new developments. Also, with a strong economy, you can expect sustainable growth for a while at least.


Sure, a population of 2.5 million may seem like small potatoes, but this city is growing fast. It’s actually the second fastest growing city in the Southeast US, meaning that it’s ready for new investments and developments. On top of that, Charlotte is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live (recent news notwithstanding), making it an investor’s dream.

Bottom Line – The Southeast is On Fire

While we didn’t mean to exclude the other half of the United States, it just kind of happened to work out that way. Cities like Seattle and Portland are still good investments, but the Southeast is ripe for lucrative developments.

Part of the reason for this focused attention is that the South is attracting a lot of new people. Since cities like LA, New York, and San Francisco are all too expensive, Southern states are much more attractive because of the low costs of living and high qualities of life.

As an investor, you need to follow these trends and capitalize on them as soon as possible. As the Southeast continues to rise in popularity, so too will your bank account.