Since you are looking to buy either a duplex or 3 SFH, I will analyze the duplex as a SFH and each of the 3 SFHs separately and add them up to see what purchase price makes sense to move forward.
First, know what do you want to achieve from your investment in terms of returns. Then analyze the Properties and make sure you use realistic rents for the income and include all expenses (debt, taxes, insurance, utilities, repairs, capex, Management fees, etc.). If you are not sure how to do it, I will use the Rental Property Calculator from this site (https://www.biggerpockets.com/buy-and-hold-calculator). It is a good start and you won’t miss any input necessary to make a good purchase decision.
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