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I'm a newbie in owning property, but have been investing in other phases or RE for several years. I'm interested in student housing. I understand all of it with students, damage, parties etc, etc. The last few months I have worked hard learning all I could. I also have experience paying inflated rents for my kids while they lived off campus and seeing the little to no money placed back into the upkeep of the buildings.

But learning to analyze has been a exciting at times and nauseating at other times. I need to get it right each time. So I'm looking for help from anyone that would be so kind to provide their opinion.

I'm looking at a 2 family (8 beds / 2 baths)

My son will be one of students

Can get $450 / bd (all included) heat, HW, cable, internet

7 Students x $450 = $3150 monthly; $37,800.00 yrly

Listing price $199,000.00, asking price currently is $159,000.00

Assessed @ $107,000.00 (weird it this low)

Full market value @ $103,000.00

Taxes per year @ $4000.00

I'm looking at Insurance (Idea's) should it be insured for the purchase price or replacement cost(?) What's the norm?

Insurance will be anywhere from $1000 (purchase price) - $2000 (replacement cost) annually

Not sure, if numbers are right

I have the option to borrow cash from private investor - good? @ 4%

Should I go through a mortgage company / bank.

I want to build  my portfolio steadily, so not sure which way to purchase. I just don't want to purchase properties 1 every 3 years, 1 every 5 years scenario.

Is there any quick formulas out there to determine good deal or not?

I'm located in the NE

Thanks again


Vince, welcome to BiggerPockets. The revenue looks good. I'm not sure I follow the numbers. $199K list, but what do you mean by "Full market value @ $103,000.00"? Do you have any sense of the expenses? Hard to believe the utility expenses will kill the deal... but what do all the other expenses look like? Regarding "I have the option to borrow cash from private investor - good? @ 4%" I'd say that's a great rate... but what is the amortization period and is there a balloon?

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