What Kind of ROI Can You Expect on Your Rental Property Investment?
When real estate investors decide whether to invest in a rental property,
one of the first thing’s they consider is the rate of return (ROI).
According to a recent study performed by RealtyTrac, investors earned
an average ROI of 9% on their rental properties.
Vice President of RealtyTrac, Daren Blomquist, commented on these findings.
He said “in the high-risk, high-yield markets, where unemployment and vacancy
rates are higher than national averages, the average return was a whopping 19
percent, actually up from a year ago thanks to a strong increase in rental rates.”
Which Markets Have Seen the Highest ROI?
Several counties in Florida have experienced the highest returns. On
average, the annual gross yield has been 17 percent and vacancy rates
are as low as 5 percent.
Conversely, the counties suffering from the lowest yields include many
metropolitan cities known for their high rental rates. For instance, New
York County and San Francisco County, recently reported rental rates of
2.4 percent and 3.16 percent, respectively.
Here is some explanation of these figures. Many investors who purchased a
property in Florida were able to do so at low prices. Afterwards, they
renovated the homes and were able to attract higher rental prices, thus,
yielding higher ROI’s. When looking at New York and San Francisco, homes
in these counties demand high selling prices. So, returns are not nearly
as high as in Florida.
Should I Invest in Single-family or Multi-family Real Estate?
Before deciding which investment to make, consider the profitability, risk, and
initial investment required of a single-family home versus a multi-family property.
Single-family homes tend to be more favorable among young families and those
wanting the personal space of a stand alone dwelling. So, if this is the route you
choose to take, target desirable, and safe, family-friendly neighborhoods.
The best neighborhoods that fit this description are those with a combination of
owner-occupied homes and rental properties. If you have a neighborhood in mind
and are interested in investing there, look at rental rates on similar properties.
This will give you an idea of what you can charge, and help you estimate a rate of
return. Let me help you figure out this calculation.
Formula for Calculating ROI on a Rental Property
Follow these four steps to arrive at your ROI:
1. Calculate your (estimated) annual rental income on the property.
2. Subtract anticipated annual expenses from your annual rental income.
The result will be your annual cash flow number.
3. Add your equity build to your cash flow to arrive at net income.
4. Divide net income by your total investment in the property. The
result will be your return on investment.