This is Part 2 and the final blog post on Capitalization Rate, How to calculate and use them wisely. I hope you enjoy and find it useful, especially if you are a budding investor.
Using Cap Rates Wisely
- For example, let's say that we're considering buying two pieces of property in the same neighborhood. One has a cap rate of 8%, while the other has a cap rate of 13%. This initial comparison favors the second property. It has a higher cap rate, so it is expected to generate more money for each dollar you spend on it.
- For example, let's say that you buy a piece of property for $1,000,000 and you expect to make $100,000 per year from it - this gives you a cap rate of 10%. If the local housing market changes and the value of the property increases to $1,500,000 suddenly, then you may have less-lucrative cap rate of 6.66%. In this case, it may be wise to sell the property and use the profits to make another investment. However, it is also possible that the income levels may have increased, or the expense levels may have decreased. Make sure to look into all of the factors involved when determining the cap rate.
- For example, if we bought a property for $400,000 in an area where most similar properties have about an 8% cap rate, we might find our "recommended" income level by multiplying 400,000 × .08 = $32,000. This represents the amount of net income the property would need to generate per year to get an 8% cap rate. However, keep in mind that you cannot set rental rates based on the cap rate. They must be based on market rates and consider how this rental would compare to other rentals in the area.
I found this article here Capitalization Rate