Strong Rental Markets in a Weak Economy

Foreclosures are up, and home prices are down nationwide, but in many metro areas the rental market has improved since 2007

Michael Rodriguez planted a "For Rent" sign one Sunday morning in the yard of a three-bedroom, two-bath house he owns in Salinas, Calif., a farming community 10 miles inland from the Monterey Bay beaches and about an hour from Silicon Valley.

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