How to Analyze Cash Flow in Real Estate
Recently I was asked this question by a hopeful real estate investor. They asked, How do you analyze cash flow in real estate?
How to Analyze a Cash Flowing Property
Analyzing cash flow in real estate is quite simple. If you simply look at the purchase price of what the asset's going to cost and subtract your expenses, including debt service, taxes, insurance, maintenance items that might come up, subtract the one from the other, and what you have left is the cash flow.
What Parts of the Country to Look at
Depending on where it is, what it is, the type of neighborhood it is, we might look at, is this an area that's appreciating in value? There are certain parts of the country where we're seeing people flocking into those areas, like Florida, for example, one of the fastest growing states in the country because of its favorable tax laws and people wanting to retire where it's warm. Well, because of this, a lot of people moving to Florida and we're seeing rapid appreciation.
When Analyzing a Cash Flow Property
When we're analyzing cash flow in real estate, it's as much as the purchase price, because that equates to expenses, as much as it is the income. What can we get for rent for that property? But we also have to have to look at where is it and what is the future value going to be?
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Lee Arnold is an Internationally recognized speaker and a 30-year veteran in the real estate industry. He’s been featured in articles in Forbes, the Boston Globe, Market Watch, Reuters, and Business Week. As CEO of Secured Investment Corp, Lee has guided the company from a one-man operation to a multi million dollar company that connects investors with private lending opportunities and alternative investments in real estate.