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Real Estate: Investing in College Towns

By Suzanne Woolley - 2012-11-05T17:52:30Z

Photograph by Gary Braasch/Getty Images

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Corvallis, Oregon

School: Oregon State
Students: 24,977
Median home value: $248,300

Corvallis is midway through Oregon's Willamette Valley, and about an hour and a half from Portland. The city gets lots of "green" awards and has, according to the city's website, the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita. The enrollment trend at Oregon State looks healthy -- up 26 percent from the 2007-2008 period. The monthly payment on a 30-year fixed mortgage at 3.5 percent would be $1,115, compared with the Zillow Rent Index of $1,492, which is a 22.3 percent increase from a year earlier. The breakeven horizon is four years and one month.