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Can’t Sell Your Home? Why Not Rent It!!!??

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Carla Barnes of EOTM Properties explains how homeowners can turn their unsold properties into rental income. The nation’s painful housing bust has put sellers in a serious lurch. To get their properties sold, many sellers will have to make sharp reductions to their asking prices — a necessary evil that can rob the investment of its return. But Carla Barnes has a different idea. In her new infomercial, Can’t Sell Your Home, Rent it!

Carla describes how homeowners can ride out the turbulent market by converting their homes into rental properties. Barnes outlined the benefits of renting, explained how homeowners can determine if it’s right for them, and even offered advice on how to avoid lousy tenants.

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What are the benefits of renting out your home if you can’t sell it?
There are many benefits, including the ability to ride out the market and potentially not lose money on a home. It generally isn’t in a homeowner’s best interest to sell at the bottom of a market—unless they have an unusual financial circumstance, such as immediate retirement or illness. Secondly, renting offers the ability to take a tax deduction if there is any rental loss. Moreover, renters have the ability to move back into the home. In other words, if you’re not sure that you will like Texas and want to move there, you can always move back to your Georgia home if you don’t like it.

When would it make the most sense for a homeowner who is unable to sell his home to rent it out?
If you are in the military, renting is a great option. Military personnel often have to move rapidly for deployment, but they cannot sell the home with 10 months’ inventory on the books for any reasonable price. Secondly, if you need to move quickly to take a job but don’t want to sell your home in a down market, renting is a great alternative. If your home isn’t worth what you owe, you might be able to modify the loan to change the principle balance and rent it out to ride out the market.

Feel free to contact Carla Barnes of EOTM Properties today for a free rental analysis of your most prized investment @ 678-548-9466

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Can’t Sell Your Home? Rent it!

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2009 at 3:55 am

Calculating Return on Investment

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2009 at 3:11 am


How do you know if you are getting a good return on your real estate investment? Calculating the ROI on your investment property is critical to knowing how your investment is performing, or when comparing one investment to another.

In order to successfully decide whether a property is worth buying, an investor must run the numbers to calculate two types of returns: Cash-on-cash return on investment, and total return on investment.

Cash on Cash Return on Investment

The cash on cash return on investment is the before-tax cash flow (BTCF) divided by your initial cash investment. The formula looks like this:

Cash on Cash Return on Investment  =  BTCF / Initial Cash Investment

Your before-tax cash flow is calculated by subtracting your annual mortgage payment from your net operating income (NOI). The net operating income is simply the total income from the property minus the total expenses.

Let’s take a look at an example using a $150,000 income property purchased with a 20% down payment of $30,000. Let’s assume your mortgage of $120,000 is fixed for 30 years at a 7 percent interest rate.

Let’s assume your BTCF is $3,000 per year ($250 per month):

Cash on Cash ROI  =  $3,000 / $30,000  =  10.0%

Through the “magic” of leverage using financing to purchase your property, you have created a cash on cash ROI of 10%. This would be quite attractive to most investors in today’s market.

The cash on cash ROI is a good measure of a property’s first year financial performance. However, it does not include the additional benefits achieved through real estate such as the amortization of the mortgage and any future appreciation. The total return on investment addresses that.

Total Return on Investment

The total return on investment (TROI) provides a better and more complete measure of a property’s financial performance. That is because it factors in amortization and appreciation gained over time.

Total ROI  =  (BTCF + Net Sales Proceeds – Initial Cash Investment) / Initial Cash Investment

In order to calculate the total return on investment, one must project the BTCF for each year of expected ownership as well as the net sales proceeds from the sale of the property.

Let’s take our example above and assume that we plan to sell it in five years with an average annual appreciation rate of 4% per year. After five years our $150,000 property would be worth $182,498, and our mortgage balance would be $111,665. Let’s also assume that our selling expenses total 5% of the sales price, or $9,125.

Using the figures above, our net sales proceeds from the sale of the property in year five would be $61,708 ($182,498 – $111,665 – $9,125). Additionally, our before tax cash flow after five years would total $15,000 assuming no annual increase in rents or cash flow. Now our formula looks like this:

Total Return on Investment  =  ($15,000 + $61,708 – $30,000) / $30,000  =  156%

Note that some investors calculate their TROI using their after-tax cash flow (ATCF) instead of the BTCF. This can provide a deeper “bottom line” measure of the return on investment; however, it does not provide a good measure to compare one investment to another since tax liabilities will vary between individual investors. Calculating the TROI using ATCF is best suited for investor specific use.

By projecting a property’s future cash flows and appreciation, you can calculate the potential gains on your initial cash invested (down payment). Assuming the property is not declining in value, the TROI should increase in each successive year.

However, total return on investment can be a little shortsighted when used in isolation. This is because total return on investment does not measure of the property’s financial performance as it relates to its equity. For this we must calculate the property’s return on equity (ROE). Similar to the TROI, the return on equity calculation replaces the initial cash invested with the properties equity in a given year.

Please feel free to submit all mortgage and real estate related questions directly to me via email @ carla@eotmrealestategroup.com.

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In Uncategorized on July 15, 2009 at 8:53 pm