I recently met with a client who wants to invest in real estate. In the initial meeting where I find out about the client's long term goals, desired mortgage freedom date, why they want to invest in real estate and how many properties they plan to acquire, the client stated their criteria is to have $400 or more in cash flow on a monthly basis.Cash flow is key in investing in real estate, however I was perplexed since they only wanted to invest $50k. Based on my quick calculations (downpayment is 20% therefore total purchase price is $250k and using 8% gross rental income rule, the property would generate $20k annually or $1,667 monthly), it would be very difficult for a property to cash flow 20+% of gross rental income (in this case it's $400/$1,6667 = 23%).
Real estate investors want to maximize cash flow which is a great goal, however, it's important to consider ratios since an investor with $100k capital will generate more cash flow than someone with $50k capital, and an investor with $150k capital will generate more cash flow than someone with $100k capital.
Click here to see a comparison between 2 properties ($240k vs $500k) based on 2 actual investment property listings that I have recently come across illustrating the ratios (CAP rate, DCR, cash on cash...) are very similar to each other although the cash flow is double for $500k property.
Investing in real estate is about cash flow and ratios as well.
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