When looking to grow your investment portfolio through residential real estate, it is vitally important that you select markets that boast a high quality of life. Investing your real estate dollar into highly sought-after cities will greatly increase your rate of return as more people flock to these desirable areas. Here are five US real estate markets with extremely high quality of life rankings.

1. Nashville, TN

One visit to Nashville and it is easy to see why this Tennessee gem has doubled in population over the last 40 years. A moderate climate, progressive vibe, amazing cultural opportunities, and friendly people have led the “Music City” to solidify itself as one of America’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas. Young and educated people continue to flock to the city because of its booming job market and high-paying career opportunities, making it a good place to pick up some residential real estate.

2. Austin, TX

This Texas hotspot is one of the trendiest places in the entire country to move. A sizzling nightlife, eclectic dining options, diverse population, and fun vibe make Austin an ideal place for young people to put down their roots. This population boom has made the Austin area an exceptional place to purchase residential real estate.

3. Atlanta, GA

The ‘Queen of the South’ continues its reign as one of the best places to live and invest in real estate. A moderate climate and traditional Southern vibe mix with all of the amenities of a diverse metropolitan area to deliver an exceptional place to call home. As America’s boomers continue to age, proximity to assisted living facilities will continue to become a bigger and bigger consideration for both renters and buyers. Georgia excels in this area.

4. Lee County, FL

South Western Florida is famous for its rows of palm trees and ‘liquid sunshine.’ Given the paradisiacal climate, Lee County tops the list with opportunity and entertainment. South Florida’s growth has encouraged job expansion, particularly in construction, retail, leisure, and hospitality. With great education, a multiplicity of fun activities to do, and a diverse population, it is no surprise that Lee County, Florida would be a great place to invest in.   

5. Salt Lake City, UT

An influx of technology to this idyllic Utah city has caused the real estate market of this mountain paradise to take off. People continue to flock to Salt Lake City because of its numerous job opportunities, its excellent public school system, and its focus on family values. An abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities also makes this city an attractive option for young people and families looking for a high quality of life.


One of the cardinal rules of real estate investing is to choose locations that are attractive to buyers. Any of these four cities boast the quality of life elements that will continue to entice people to call the place home.

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The Southwest Florida Real Estate Investment Association is the leading source of SWFL real estate investing events that provide investment education and networking in southwest Florida. We analyze the housing market and foreclosures and provide information, education and networking events in order to build a network and knowledge base for investors and potential investors. Our members include real estate agent, brokers, investors, hedge fund managers, rehabbers, wholesalers and more.

Our SWFL REIA General Meeting is held in Fort Myers where we provide education on hot topics in investing and an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow investors. You’ll get a chance to ask for advice from successful real estate professionals and even make a few deals on your latest projects.

To become a member, anyone can register as an individual, a couple, or a corporation. Being a member opens the doors for endless networking opportunities, advice from members with decades of experience, new ideas from entrepreneurs, camaraderie with those just beginning, and deals and contracts done in the meeting room. For those interested in Cape Coral rental property investment and/or Fort Myers rental property investment, SWFL REIA will be able to provide a network to help launch a successful investment career.

The SWFL REIA is known and respected as a source of current, actionable and useful information about the housing market in the area that we meet.

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One of the premier sources for real estate investing networking and education is the SWFL REIA. In the real estate world, the SWFL REIA is different in that they do not do information product sales. Their meetings are focusing on the best ways of investing in real estate by collaborating with other property investors who are sharing their experiences.

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