Using Financing for Real Estate Leverage

Posted on: December 21st, 2009 by admin No Comments

To illustrate how leverage works in a real estate investment, we'll take the following investment parameters:

  • Purchase price of a duplex rental property of $250,000
  • Financing at 7.5% interest for 30 years
  • $3300 annual expenses for taxes, insurance and repairs
  • Rental of $1100/month for each of the two units

Let's look now at the ROI (Return on Cash Invested) with different cash up front down payments:

$250,000 paid in full in cash:

  • $26,400 in rents – $3300 expense = $23,100 NOI
  • $23,100 / $250,000 = 9.2% ROI

50% or $125,000 down payment:

  • $10,488 in mortgage payments + $3300 expense = $13,788 cash out
  • $26,400 in rents – $13,788 = $12,612 NOI
  • $12,612 / $125,000 cash in front = 10.1% ROI

20% or $50,000 cash down payment:

  • $16,781 in mortgage payments + $3300 expense = $20,081 cash out
  • $26,400 in rents – $20,081 = $6319 NOI
  • $6319 / $50,000 cash in front = 12.6% ROI

10% or $25,000 cash down payment:

  • $18,879 in mortgage payments + $3300 expense = $22,179 cash out
  • $26,400 in rents – $22,179 = $4221 NOI
  • $4221 / $25,000 cash in front = 16.9% ROI

As you can see, even though your risk increases with leverage, it might be a wise choice when you can increase your ROI by as much as 80% (16.9% is 84% increase over 9.2%) over the full cash in front option. And of course you've freed up over $200,000 to invest elsewhere.

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