Real Estate Analysis Basics & Online Property Analysis Software List

Finding a good deal is how we all make money in real estate. We at BiggerPockets have set up a forum specifically designed to help our members get input on potential deals. Our Real Estate Deal Analysis and Advice Forum is a great place to go to not only get advice, but to learn how to analyze properties that you may be interested in. Our members are very helpful in picking apart any real estate deals that you may be considering.

Guide to Real Estate Analysis: How to Analyze Rental Property

For a primer in rental property deal analysis, be sure to check out this fantastic article:
Introduction to Real Estate Investment Deal Analysis

If you’re looking for a quick way to analyze a property, the 50% Rule (more) is a great screen. This guideline says that on average, operating expenses and vacancy are about 45% to 50% of the rent. So, if a property rents for $1,000, on average, over time, your expenses will be $500 a month. If your debt service (mortgage) is more than $500, then you’re going to be losing money each month. Again, this is merely a screen, but it is a good way to quickly analyze whether a property will be cash-flow positive each month.

Real Estate Analysis Software from BiggerPockets

BiggerPockets Property Analysis Software

Rental Property Calculator
Fix & Flip Analysis and Reporting Tool
70% Rule Calculator
Real Estate Investment Calculator page

Real Estate Analysis Articles

[Video] How I Quickly Analyze an Investment Property
Property Analysis: Three Budget Items Not to Forget
Determining Maximum Purchase Price (MPP)
Analyzing a Real Life “Rent & Flip” Deal
Why Cap Rates Are So Valuable
Price per Unit – Techniques to Speed Up Your Decision Making, Part I
Gross Rent Multiplier – Techniques to Speed Up Your Decision Making, Part II
Capitalization Rate – Techniques to Speed Up Your Decision Making, Part III
Commercial Real Estate Vocabulary 101 – Commercial Deal Analysis
Commercial Real Estate Vocabulary 101 – Part 1
Commercial Real Estate Vocabulary 101 – Part 2