How to Easily Analyze Rental Properties Using the Four Square Method

How to Easily Analyze Rental Properties Using the Four Square Method

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Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and podcaster. He is a nationally recognized leader in the real estate education space and has taught millions of people how to find, finance, and manage real estate investments.

Brandon began buying rental properties and flipping houses at the age of 21. He started with a single family home, where he rented out the bedrooms, but quickly moved on to a duplex, where he lived in half and rented out the other half.

From there, Brandon began buying both single family and multifamily rental properties, as well as fix and flipping single family homes in Washington state. Later, he expanded to larger apartments and mobile home parks across the country.

Today, Brandon is the managing member at Open Door Capital, where he raises money to purchase and turn around large mobile home parks and apartment complexes. He owns nearly 300 units across four states.

In addition to real estate investing experience, Brandon is also a best-selling author, having published four full-length non-fiction books, two e-books, and two personal development daily success journals. He has sold more than 400,000 books worldwide. His top-selling title, The Book on Rental Property Investing, is consistently ranked in the top 50 of all business books in the world on, having also garnered nearly 700 five-star reviews on the Amazon platform.

In addition to books, Brandon also publishes regular audio and video content that reaches millions each year. His videos on YouTube have been watched cumulatively more than 10,000,000 times, and the podcast he hosts weekly, the BiggerPockets Podcast, is the top-ranked real estate podcast in the world, with more than 75,000,000 downloads over 350 unique episodes. The show also has over 10,000 five-star reviews in iTunes and is consistently in the top 10 of all business podcasts on iTunes.

A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with Heather and daughter Rosie and son Wilder) spends his time surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and swimming in the ocean near his home in Maui, Hawaii.

Brandon’s writing has been featured on,,, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media.

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I know you want to build passive income and wealth through rental properties.

Who doesn’t?

There is a MAJOR problem, though, that stops most people from achieving this goal: Most don’t know how to analyze deals correctly!

Related: How to Analyze a Rental Property to Know if it Will ACTUALLY Produce Income

(Of course, if you are a BiggerPockets Pro member, you get unlimited access to the Property Analysis Calculators on BiggerPockets. But even with access to those amazing tools, you need to know how to do the numbers by hand.)

Therefore, today I want to introduce a very simple, easy-to-understand method for analyzing rental properties for the two numbers I care most about:

  1. Cash Flow
  2. Cash-on-Cash Return

In the following video, I dive deep into the analysis on a property and explain just how I was able to estimate my future cash flow and cash-on-cash return in just a few minutes — and how you can (and should) do the same.

The Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Market Analysis

Before diving into real estate investing, make sure you understand how to compare markets and properties. Whether you’re trying to decide between investing in Boise or Sacramento—or you’re just comparing two similar homes—this guide will walk you through all the numbers you need to know. From calculating cash-on-cash return to running a comparative market analysis, the experts at BiggerPockets demonstrate the steps you need to follow and the statistics you must know with The Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Market Analysis.

Here’s the video. Be sure to take some time today to really dive into this. It just might give you the tools you need to build that financial freedom you crave.

Related: How to Analyze a Potential Real Estate Market for Crime & Safety


Bonus Download

To help you master the art of The Four Square Method, I’ve even created an easy-to-follow worksheet that you can download right now and use for your next deal analysis. Trust me — you are going to LOVE this thing! Click here to download!



If you want to get better at analyzing deals, don’t forget—each week I host a LIVE and FREE webinar on BiggerPockets, where we dive deep into the analysis on a real-life property! Join me for next week’s webinar!

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