Investors continue to drive up the price of real estate in the Bay Area. Most of the residential home sales in Northern California in the last 12 months have been purchased by non owner occupied investors. Investors are taking advantage of the rise in rental prices in this area. Most investors have moved away from the stock and bond markets and are getting a very solid return from Bay Area rental properties. If you want to start investing then here are a couple of tips for you. Make sure that you choose properties in good school districts and in safe neighborhoods. People also want to live near the action. Purchasing homes near a downtown area in smaller cities is also very desirable these days. Good luck and happy investing.