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When to Buy and Sell Commercial Real Estate

There are seller markets and buyer markets.

The key is understanding when and where you should put your investment – and also when to sell your property to maximize your profit. The experienced team at Starka Properties can guide you to your financial goals.

Here are 3 Reasons to Invest in Multi-family Real Estate as opposed to single-Unit rental Properties

1. More Expensive, but a Lot Easier to Finance 

In most cases, if not all, the cost to acquire an apartment building will be significantly higher than the cost to purchase a single-family home as an investment. A one-unit rental could cost an investor as little as $30,000 while the cost of a multi-family building can go well up in the millions.

At first sight, it might seem as though securing a loan for a single-family property would be a lot easier than trying to raise money for a million-dollar complex, but the truth is that a multi-family property is more likely to be approved by a bank for a loan than the average home.

That’s because multi-family real estate consistently generates a strong cash flow every month. This remains the case even if a property has a handful of vacancies or a couple of tenants who are late with their rent payments. If a tenant, for example, moves out of a single-family home, that property would become 100% vacant.

On the other hand, a ten unit property with one vacancy would only be 10% unoccupied. As a result, the likelihood of a foreclosure on an apartment building is not as high as a single-family rental. All of this equates to a less risky investment for a lending institution and can also result in a more competitive interest rate for the property owner. 


2. Growing a Portfolio Takes Less Time 

Multi-family real estate is also very suitable for property investors who wish to build a relatively large portfolio of rental units. Acquiring a 20 unit apartment building is a lot easier and much more time-efficient than purchasing 20 different single-family homes.

With the latter option, one would need to work back and forth with 20 different sellers, and conduct inspections on 20 houses that are each located at a different address.

Additionally, in some cases, this route would also require an investor to open 20 separate loans for each property. All of this headache could be avoided by simply purchasing one property with 20 units.


3. You’re in a Position in which Property Management Makes Financial Sense 

Some real estate investors do not enjoy the actual management of their properties, and instead, hire a property management company to handle the day-to-day operations of their rentals. A property manager is typically paid a percentage of the monthly income that a property generates, and their duties might include finding and screening tenants, collecting rent payments, handling evictions, and maintaining the property.

Many investors who own one or two single-family homes do not have the luxury of contracting an external manager because it would not be a financially sound decision due to their small portfolio. The amount of money that multi-family properties produce each month give their owners room to take advantage of property management services without the need to significantly cut into their margins.

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