Need help with a property analysis!

3 Replies

I have been learning and following biggerpockets for some time now and I am getting ready to buy my first rental property but I need some help.

I have had the opportunity to look at a single family 3/2 before going to market and the seller is willing to do a land contract and is asking $58,000 for the house which is assessed for 49k. (lower values in my area)

At first glance it doesn't seem like a great deal, but he is willing to give a 5% interest rate. Also has a new roof and other Cap Ex stuff will likely be awhile. Other factors are that he was renting the unit at $650 with about a 1% vacancy rate and already has had 2 applicants since this last vacancy where he decided to sell instead. Side note: I have good reason to trust his numbers. (he's a local trustworthy cop)

When running the numbers, even with 5% each vacancy, maintenance, and CapEx, I should pull $150 cash flow if I can purchase for 50k (He is motivated and I would maybe max out there)

Dilemmas I have:

1. Should I rent it out right away or fix it up for a couple months? 

I could probably get another $50-100 a month with a fix, but in this area, you can't push the rent too high. Also, it's hard in this area to reap assessment value rewards out of improvements. The city has been tough about that.

2. Would I be going against the principle of making the deal in the buy if I buy at 50k?

Even if I cash flow, I feel like when I get a conventional mortgage in 5 years or less I may not have substantial equity to play with.

3. It's not meeting the 2% rule, more like 1.3-1.4% depending on what I can rent it at.

I just don't think real estate investors in this area are making 2%, especially on a land contract with this low percentage rate. They get snatched up.

Any suggestions from anybody?


We would need a little more to help or info on the analysis you did to get a better idea on it.

What are the taxes on it? 

How much would you need to put down?

Does the owner cover any of the expenses on the property (city bills, trash, water or other utilities)?

Did you factor in property insurance?

Does the tenant maintain the yard/deal with the snow?

Some would say $150/mo isn't bad for something that essentially costs you nothing (assuming you put a minimal amount down) but it depends on what is available and what your goals are.  It wouldn't take much to wipe out your $150 if something does come up though.  

I'm not sure it would be worth fixing it up to make it nicer if you think it would only get you another $50-100/mo.  If you kicked a renter out for 2 months to work on it, it would take 26 months to get that 2 months of lost rent back not even considering any additional costs you put into it.  On a cheap property, I think you would do best putting in minimal when it comes to repairs or cap ex unless it will save you money in the future.

Thanks! Taxes about 100. Downpayment of 10% 

Owner covers no expense. Taxes and insurance were factored in.

Tenant handles yard and snow. 

That’s the feeling I’ve been getting.

If your numbers are sound and nothing unexpected comes up, it appears to be a decent return on your $5k investment.  

Free eBook from BiggerPockets!

Ultimate Beginner's Guide Book Cover

Join BiggerPockets and get The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing for FREE - read by more than 100,000 people - AND get exclusive real estate investing tips, tricks and techniques delivered straight to your inbox twice weekly!

  • Actionable advice for getting started,
  • Discover the 10 Most Lucrative Real Estate Niches,
  • Learn how to get started with or without money,
  • Explore Real-Life Strategies for Building Wealth,
  • And a LOT more.

Lock We hate spam just as much as you

Create Lasting Wealth Through Real Estate

Join the millions of people achieving financial freedom through the power of real estate investing

Start here