Tap into a trend: cheap homes for sale, rent

Search activity surging for properties in Michigan, Florida

Internet searches indicating an interest in buying a home were up 32 percent from a year ago during the the first three months of the year, but searches for rental properties were up an even more dramatic 171 percent, according to an analysis of Hitwise data by Experian.

The fastest-growing real estate for sale search terms included "homes for sale in Michigan" (up 74 percent) and "homes for sale in Florida" (up 73 percent) — both markets have been hard hit by price declines and foreclosures.