How to Set Optimal Rent Rates for Your Investment Property

As a rental property owner, you have a lot of responsibility. Finding a quality tenant, writing a lease agreement, maintaining the property, collecting rents, the list goes on and on. One of the most important tasks you’re responsible for that directly affects your bottom line is setting the right rent rate. How do you conduct due diligence to make sure you’re setting the optimal amount for rent, making sure you aren’t charging too much but also aren’t leaving money on the table? Let’s walk through a few ways you as rental property investor can calculate the right rent to maximize your investment returns.

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BlogBrittany Nelson
Market Watch: Top Headlines in SFR

DTLA vacancy rates soar to the highest in 17 years, flip rates have plateaued, and Amazon announced their search for a city to home HQ2, their second headquarters location. It’s important that investors stay engaged in the industry, especially given the rapidly evolving nature of SFR.

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Is Build-To-Rent the Future of Residential Investing

As foreclosure inventory sinks to record lows, institutional investors are looking to an alternative acquisition strategy to combat the lack of available rental housing stock - build-to-rent. Build-to-rent is a fairly new submarket in the single-family rental space. Instead of building homes to sell as a primary residence, the new homes are rented out to a tenant and owned by an investor.

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Wondering Where to Invest? Investment Property Hotspots Based on Rent Appreciation and Gross Yield Revealed

Owning investment properties can be a great way to supplement your income or passively build your personal wealth, but it starts with a good property in a strong rental market. Real estate investors need to know both their strategy and the metrics to consider when identifying strong opportunities. Whether your investment strategy relies on rental appreciation, gross yield or a healthy combination of the two, we’ve analyzed the data to find the top metro areas for each.

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Institutional Investors Are Buying Rentals In These 10 Markets

While the single-family residential (SFR) investment asset class remains largely held by small investors, oftentimes owning a single rental property, institutional investors have also cashed in on the peaking rentership rates sweeping the nation. In doing so, this has helped bring validation to the SFR investment industry as a whole, spurring efficiencies within operations and services which ultimately benefits all residential property investors.

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Top 5 Real Estate Investing Trends to Watch - Quarterly Update

One of the key differentiators attributed to Investability's uniqueness in the single-family residential (SFR) investment space is our strong data backing from RentRange®. RentRange has been collecting data since 2008 and has since expanded its database into a robust national rental and housing market analytics powerhouse. As we wind down from summer, our team wanted to highlight some of the top trends from Q2 and what they mean for investors like you.

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5 Steps to Investing in Your First Rental Property

According to a recent study from BiggerPockets, a well-known online community geared toward empowering new and active real estate investors, most investors are seeking long-term rental properties. Flipping houses came in second, followed by wholesaling and other commercial options. Yet, of the 25,000 people surveyed, more than half have never done their first deal. 56% of the total surveyed were interested in real estate, about 13% have done a single deal, 20% have done between two and five deals, the remaining 8% have done between six and 20 deals and only 3% have done more than 21 deals.

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University Housing Hack: Invest in Real Estate

 

College is no small expense for most American families. Even for those fortunate enough to have the financial means or a scholarship backing, housing is largely an unavoidable and costly expense. College Board quoted the average cost of room and board in 2017 to be $10,000 at public universities and $12,000 at private universities, annually. That’s a whopping $40,000 to $48,000 over the course of a 4-year degree! As parents weigh the costs of sending their teens off to college, some are turning to an alternative housing option - investing in property.

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Real Estate Investors are Seeing Opportunity in These 10 Suburban Neighborhoods

The rise of suburbanicity.

It’s a familiar story; young families and first-time home buyers find themselves outpriced from urban cities decide to trade in their bicycle commutes and nightly happy hours for two-car garages and A+ school districts. Though the suburban sprawl is nothing new, some metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are seeing these areas outpace urban areas in terms of population growth, price growth and overall popularity.* Since 2013, list prices in these top ten suburbs have grown about 2x faster than their associated urban zip codes and at an annualized rate of about 17%.* Real estate investors are seeing an opportunity in these ten suburbs to buy reasonably priced properties which could continue to appreciate faster than their urban counterparts.

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Going once. Going twice. SOLD! How To Buy Investment Real Estate at Auction

There’s no doubt real estate can be a lucrative investment strategy. As discussed in previous posts, there are a few options available to investors interested in adding real estate to their portfolio. Buy and hold investing, fixer-upper flipping, and even real estate investment trusts (REITS) are a few common strategies. In this post we’re going to cover an acquisition strategy not yet discussed: auctions.

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6 Steps to Finding a Great Contractor

As a real estate investor, or even as a homeowner, you might at some point be faced with the challenge of hiring a contractor. No matter the project scope—a bathroom remodel or a full renovation—you should absolutely do your homework before choosing a Craigslist contractor to get started. As discussed in previous blogs and podcast episodes, your contractor is an essential member of your A-team and can make or break the experience. Doing your due diligence beforehand can save a lot of frustration down the line.

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BlogMichael Shai
Rebirth of the Motor City

Detroit has consistently ranked as a top city for investors and renters in recent yielding reports. We thought it would be a great blog topic to take a deeper look into what has been fueling the city’s growth and overall economic resurgence.

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5 Common New Investor Mistakes

Taking the plunge into real estate investing can be daunting, but most new investors weigh the risk to reward. Doing ample research on the front end helps to instill confidence in the decision to buy an investment property but nevertheless, despite best efforts to fully prepare, investor missteps are possible along the way. Learning from these mistakes is the key to successful investing in the longer-term. Here, we’ll break down five of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them in your own investment journey.

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First-Time Buyers Face New Competition

Investors are scouring real estate markets looking for low-priced homes, and they’re increasingly stepping on the toes of first-time home buyers, who are hunting in the same price range. “The investor is starting to gobble up pretty much anything under $200,000,” Dennis Cisterna, chief revenue officer for Investability Real Estate, which markets rental homes, told The Dallas Morning News. “We are not adding any new supply to the market to serve that first-time home buyer.”

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Michael Shai
Midwest Leads Single-Family Rental Yields

"Metros in the Midwest and southeast always earn top billing because of their low entry prices and moderate rents," said HomeUnion Research Director Steve Hovland. "Cleveland has often ranked at the top--or near the top--of the best places to purchase a single-family rental property."

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Single-Family Rentals Enter a New Phase

While the number of institutions buying into the single-family rentalspace remains small, investor interest continues to grow, according to a panel discussion during the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ (NAREE) 51st annual Real Estate Journalism Conference in Denver yesterday. And as data becomes more available, a wider variety of financiers are growing comfortable in the space, making it easier to transact the deals.

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