The first quarter of 2016 once again did not fare well for San Francisco Bay Area rental property investors as yield returns compared with competitor counties in other parts of the U.S. were not great. RealtyTrac looked at potential annual gross rental yields of single-family residential rentals in 448 counties in the U.S. where there was a minimum of 100,000 population. The rankings were calculated by dividing the annualized monthly rents by the medium home prices. The RealtyTrac study concluded that rents are rising faster than medium home prices in 45 percent of the markets which demonstrates strong demand in those markets. Importantly, rental growth rates were outpaced by annual wage growth rates in 43 percent of the markets which logically will lead to increased rental returns in the near future.