Investing in real estate can have big rewards, but also big risks. When calculating the next place to look for an investment property or aiding a client in the hunt, it's important to consider local economic conditions like business growth, new building permits and gross domestic product (GDP) growth. SmartAsset recently released its second annual list of the top counties for real estate investment based on the investment in the local community, measuring growth conditions for four specific components, all of which were measured equally and combined to find the final ranking of cities. The final ranking is the Incoming Investment Index, and the county with the largest gain of investment received a 100. The county with the lowest amount of incoming investment had an index of 0. For the second year in a row, Williams in North Dakota ranked as the top county in the country for investment. The community saw a 37.7 percent growth in businesses since 2015, $664 million in GDP gr...
- For the second year in a row, Williams, North Dakota, ranked as the top county in the nation for real estate investment by SmartAsset.
- Cook County ranked as the top county in Illinois for real estate investment, but the county ranked 187 on the national list. Champaign County ranked no. 2 in the state.
- Chicago suburban markets DuPage and Will counties ranked in the bottom two spots in the top 10.
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