A look at real estate figures for the top US metro areas and a case study of San Francisco and Dallas: The Los Angeles metro area with more than double the population of the D.C. metro area has the same amount of housing inventory.

The math for rentals has always been bad in SoCal. But as some of the commenters note that because of the tax implications of selling a home coupled with the costs of the sale and prop 13 ramifications many home owners with a lot of equity are simply converting their previous home to a rental and using the cash flow and a HELOC as a down for a new home. 

Sounds simple enough with figures in the $300-$600K ranges but once you start juggling million dollar properties the margin for error is razor thin.

A look at real estate figures for the top US metro areas and a case study of San Francisco and Dallas: The Los Angeles metro area with more than double the population of the D.C. metro area has the same amount of housing inventory.

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