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Most Profitable U.S. Areas to Be a Landlord 

By Emily Heffter - 2014-08-27T17:07:24Z

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The tough reality for renters around the country: Rent is through the roof. That’s good news for landlords, though. Renting out a home can be a good way to make extra money month-to-month while building equity.

Here’s Zillow’s list of the top 10 places to own a rental property. These aren’t the hottest markets, but they are the metro areas where a small-time investor can count on making the most profit every month.

Zillow’s analysis considered home owners who purchased their properties in 2009, but it’s not too late to find a cash-flowing rental in these areas.