Have you heard of the commercial mortgage term, "Debt Service Coverage Ratio?" It's the term to describe the ratio that lenders use to evaluate and qualify for the financing of a commercials structure. It shows the cash flow compared to debt service. DSCR For Commercial Properties In general, most banks will need a ratio of 1.5 - 1.35 (net operating income to annual debt service) before lending for commercial property. They just want to make sure you will have enough cash flow to cover the payments each month. Net operating income should include interest, principal, lease payments and sinking fund.
Have you heard the term, "Effective Gross Income?" If you're starting out in real estate investing in Georgia or the Carolinas, you may hear this term. Also called, "EGI," it's the income that you'd have when you subtract losses of income from vacancy, concessions, model units, legal fees, employees, and bad debt. The reason it's important to know an apartment complex's Effective Gross Income is extremely telling. You don't only want to consider the Gross Potential Income. You'll also want to add in revenue generated from other things like coin-operated laundry, parking, or concessions. In order to determine your property's
If you're just starting out as a real estate investor, you may have heard the term, "Gross Potential Rent." So, what exactly is that, and how is it calculated? Gross Potential Rent Gross Potential Rent, also known as "GPR," is the hypothetical amount of revenue that you could make from your apartment community, if it was fully leased all year round at market rental rates. It's the maximum amount of revenue you could bring in from rent on your apartment complex. Determining GPR GPR is important, because it lets you know how profitable the property could be. It's the most
If you're just thinking about becoming an investor, you may have heard the term, "Equity Investment." So, what is equity investment? Well, simply put, it's the share of cash that you put into an investment. If a company that you put money into has a profit, you can earn money on your investment through a dividend, right? This lets some of the company's profits get divided by shareholders. In trading, equity means your share of stock. In real estate, you could have an equity investment in a limited partnership or limited liability company. Also, real estate investment opportunities are often
Waiting for apartment buildings to go on sale is not always the best way to get a rental building. There are a number of ways to find apartment buildings before they go on sale. Here are a few ideas: Keep an eye on probate real estate - Fantastic deals are to be had in probate real estate. Contact apartment owners via a direct mailing - You never know who may be considering selling. Acquaint yourself with attorneys - Divorces, lawsuits, and financial changes can create a potential apartment building seller. Network with commercial real estate brokers - They generally have
Distressed properties are often purchased in "as is" condition. The seller doesn't offer any kind of warrant. Of course, you know that you should beware of properties like these. Still, distressed properties for sale often have a huge potential for making a profit. So, if you decide to purchase a distressed property, just be aware of some hidden problems. Keep a close eye out for termites and carpenter ants. Even if they're long gone, they may have left behind enough damage to be a serious issue. Look for rotten wood, obviously. But also check for thin tubes of mud and
If you've found that one of your rental properties has an ice dam, you should take immediate action. First, remove the snow from that area of the roof, because it will remove one of the important ingredients for the formation of an ice dam. You can use a roof rake for this, but keep in mind it may damage the roofing materials. If water is literally flowing into the structure, you will need to deal with this immediately. Make channels through the ice dam lets the water stuck behind the dam to run off the roof. Warm up the ice
Georgia has some mandatory construction codes that people have to follow for any structure built in Georgia. These are mandatory construction codes, whether local governments choose to enforce the codes of not. Each of the separate codes usually has a base code and a set of Georgia amendments to that base code. Mandatory Construction Codes In Georgia The following are the mandatory construction codes all builders must follow for any structure that is built in Georgia: International Building Code International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings International Fire Code International Plumbing Code International Mechanical Code International Fuel Gas Code
Yesterday, we discussed the 70 percent rule as it applies to flipping houses. Check out that previous blog post if you aren't sure what the 70 percent rule is. Today's question is whether you should ever pay more than the 70 percent rule suggests. For example, some beginner investors think that it's OK to exceed the amount specified by the 70 percent rule in an appreciating market. After all, in a few months or by the time you finish your rehab, the After Repair Value should go up, right? Typically, but that's a big risk to take if it doesn't!
Have you ever heard of the 70 percent rule when it comes to flipping houses? If you're just starting to look into flipping houses, you might have heard of the 70 percent rule. This house flipping tip suggests that an investor should only pay 70 percent of the After Repair Value (ARV) of a property minus any needed repairs. The ARV is the value of the property after it's been completely repaired. So, once you've put all the repairs in, what would the house be worth? To follow the 70 percent rule, you'd take the amount that the home is