The fix and flip business has occupied most of my time and attention lately as I have found many great deals this year. I have still been watching out for rental properties to purchase, but I have seen very few good deals come along that meet my criteria. Late last week I saw a great deal come through that fit my criteria for a rental property. The property was listed on a Saturday, and I didn’t see the home pop up on my MLS hot sheet until Monday. I quickly made an offer and was informed they already had multiple offers on the home. I made the best offer I could, and I was lucky enough to get the home under contract!
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Rental property 11 house characteristics
Rental property 11 is a ranch home with a finished basement built in 1960 with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath on the main floor and 1 bedroom, 1 office and a bath in basement. The house has 972 square feet on each floor, has a mostly brick exterior and is in decent shape, but has not been updated for a long time. The baths, kitchen and windows are all very old, but for a rental I may be able to use them still. The home also has a large detached two car garage that is over 500 square feet. The house has carpet on the main floor, but underneath the carpet is hardwood. I am going to have the interior painted, some work done on the baths, new counters put in, the hardwood re-finished, carpet put in the basement and some other minor repairs done.
What did rental property number 11 cost?
The list price on the home was $94,500, but that is not what my offer was. I will give all the details on what I paid after the home closes. Since there were multiple offers on the property, I made a very strong offer with no inspection or appraisal contingency. If you look at rental property number 9, I paid over $130,000 for that home and I thought that was a great deal. I was definitely willing to pay more than $94,500 for this one. Here is a great article on how to win a multiple offer situation.
What will rental property number 11 rent for?
Rental property number 9 has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths total, plus a large office and a large garage and rents for $1,400 a month. I would be very happy if rental property number 11 would rent for $1,300 a month, but I may be able to get $1,400 for it. Our rental market is still going crazy with vacancy rates below 2 percent. I also just rented rental property number 4 for $1,500 a month, but it is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath home. Here is an article on how to determine market rents.
What will the cash flow be on rental property number 11?
I am going to finance rental property number 11 with my portfolio lender. I will be using a 5 year ARM with a 30 year amortization and I have to put 20% down. I won’t tell you the exact price I am buying the home for since it has not closed yet, but using my cash flow calculator I will have about $400 to $500 a month in cash flow. That figure includes money for vacancies and maintenance on the home.
Future plans for rental properties
My goal was to buy 6 rental properties in 2014 and I have bought 2 so far. Rental property 11 will be number three and I will be slightly behind my goal. However, I am way ahead of schedule on my fix and flips. I currently own 9 fix and flips that are being worked on with one on the market and another under contract. A lot of my money is tied up in the fix and flips and it will be tough to buy another rental property until I sell some of those flips. I also have another fix and flip under contract that I just found through direct marketing. I will have ten fix and flips at the same time in a few weeks, and I think the most I have ever had before this year was 8.
Once I get some flips sold and more capital coming in, I will be able to buy more rentals later in the year. That is if I can find some good deals to buy!
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