That's kinda what I did. I bought a house ~ $20k, not much repair needed, and rented it out for $650 /month. Granted, it's in an iffy area, but not horrible. So, I would say there is still room (a lot of it) for price adjustment in better areas (otherwise I would buy in those areas instead.)
Mobi, where did you buy? I could go for that also.
Not in CA so probably will not help you. The rule of thumb used to be $65K house rented out for $650 here. But after the housing bust, price went down to half or even 1/3 in not so good school districts (but rent remains the same.) I can see rent going down a bit but since ou areas did not overbuilt like some areas in FL, I do not see a collapse in rent. You can probably find a lot of cities like ours in between the coasts.
damn prices are really insane in coastal CA.....still cost 729k for a good 4 bedroom in good school district that isnt a starter shack builit in 60's.
It used to just be detroit with 12k homes for sale. Now detroit is giving them away free and FL is 12k homes.
Goes to show again that realtors are crooks. That house should have been available to all to buy at 12k. It is basically congratulating insider trading. The 14 years old has no idea that her mom just made her an accessory in a moral crime.