3 Affordable Ways to Add Value to Your Multifamily Property [With Video!]

3 Affordable Ways to Add Value to Your Multifamily Property [With Video!]

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Matt Faircloth

Matt Faircloth, co-founder and president of the DeRosa Group, is a seasoned real estate investor. The DeRosa Group, based in historic Trenton, N.J., is a developer and owner of commercial and residential property with a mission to “transform lives through real estate.” DeRosa creates partnerships to finance select real estate investments and has a proven track record of providing safe, profitable investment opportunities to their clients.

Matt, along with his wife Liz, started investing in real estate in 2004 with the purchase of a duplex outside of Philadelphia with a $30,000 private loan. They founded DeRosa Group in 2005 and have since grown the company to hundreds of units in residential and commercial assets throughout the East Coast. Under Matt’s leadership, DeRosa has completed tens of millions in real estate transactions involving private capital, including fix and flips, single family home rentals, mixed-use buildings, apartment buildings, and office buildings.

Matt is an active contributor to the BiggerPockets Blog and has been featured on the BiggerPockets Podcast three times (show #88, #203, and #289). He also regularly contributes to BiggerPockets’ Facebook Live sessions and teaches free educational webinars for the BiggerPockets Community.

Matt authored the Amazon Best Seller Raising Private Capital: Building Your Real Estate Empire Using Other People’s Money. The book is a comprehensive roadmap for investors looking to inject more private capital into their real estate investing business and is a must-read for anyone looking to grow their business by using private lenders and equity investors. Kirkus, the No. 1 trade review publication for books, had this to say about Raising Private Capital: “In this impressively accessible introduction to a complex subject, Faircloth covers every aspect of private funding, presuming little knowledge on the part of the reader.”

Matt and his wife Liz live in New Hope, Penn., with their two children.

Matt earned a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Business from Virginia Tech. (Go, Hokies!)

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There are a bunch of ways to add value to your multifamily deal, such as upgrading kitchens and baths, which will yield a higher rent from prospective tenants. You can also separate utilities to pass expenses onto the tenants. We have done both, but investments like this can be costly, even if they do have a high return.

What about ways to add value that are on the more affordable side? Watch the video to see what we did specifically to add real value at little cost.

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3 Affordable Ways to Add Value to Your Multifamily Property

1. Increase the profit of the property.

The first way to add real monetary value is to do something that increases the profit of the property. Increase rental revenue or decrease expenses—sounds like a simple way to add value, right? Well, it goes beyond that because although you are now enjoying more cash flow from your rental, you are also increasing its value through something called forced appreciation.

Here’s how it works: Multifamily properties are evaluated based on cap rates. A cap rate equals the net operating income (NOI) divided by the value of the property. If you increase rents or decrease expenses, even by a small margin, your net operating income will go up. If your property is evaluated at the same cap rate, the only thing that can happen is your value goes up. Let’s run through a quick example. Let’s say you add 4 storage units to your property and lease them for $30 each, or $120 per month, which is $1,440 per year. Storage units arguably don’t have any noticeable expenses, so that’s all profit. If your property is evaluated at a cap rate of 10%, your value goes up by $14,440! Not bad, and I can tell you that 4 storage units cost quite a bit less than that, so it’s a great investment.

2. Create a sense of security for your tenants.

The second way to add affordable value is to create a better sense of security for your tenants. If your tenants don’t feel safe where they live, they will move. It’s that simple. Creating a safe living environment can indirectly decrease your vacancy rate. If you make improvements to the property’s safety, make sure your tenants are aware of the upgrades. It will go a long way. Watch the video to see the affordable upgrade we implemented.

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3. Add affordable amenities.

The last way you can add some value is by putting in affordable amenities to your multifamily. There are big, expensive amenities you can add that work on large apartment complexes, such as pools and workout rooms. But remember, the point of an amenity is to make life easier on your tenants. It doesn’t matter how much it costs; it just matters that they use and appreciate it. In today’s video, you will see how we added an amenity and also created an additional revenue stream.

Be sure to watch the video to see the implementation of these different ways to add value! Thanks for watching and have a great and profitable week!

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There are a bunch of ways to add value to your multifamily deal, but investments like this can be costly. What about value-adds on the more affordable side?