Multi family properties are unique and investors have NOT found and placed their steak in the gold mine of the Spokane market. The vacancy rate is at an all time low in Spokane, meaning, nothing stays on the market, that is for rent and if it does it is, for a very short time. I continue to have great success in locating, writing up offers and closing multi family units. I currently work with 6 clients that are activley shopping to find bargains or anything that can yield a 8% cap rate. Cap rate to be discussed in future blog.
To be considered a multi family is Duplex, Tri-plex, 4-plex and anything that is set up with two or more units that have separate living quarters. Apartments are a whole new beast and I will cover in the next blog. Duplexes, tri plexes and 4-plexes are all considered "residential" in the world of real estate. "4 and under" is a term you will hear from time to time from real estate agents or lenders. I currently have more than 5 clients that are shopping around for multi family property aka investment properties. You may ask, why investment properties? Why would someone need to place their money down on a multi family property?
For starters, if you are occupying one of the units the loan rate that you qualify for is significantly higher than an investment property loan. There is multiple write offs that can help reduce the tax you pay uncle Sam. For more information see link below.
Another benefit of buying a unit that is 4 and under, the potential of additional income. For example, you have 4 units, all units have one bed one bath. All units rent at Spokane average $750 per month. See figures below,
$3000 Additional capital
Less $184 taxes per month
Less $80 Insurance per month
Less $100 Misc per month
Less $90 vacancy rate at 3%
Less $180 utilities per month
Less $1300 Mortgage payment
Investment return = $1066.00
That is a $1,066 return on your investment and in 12 months you will be $12,792 richer! Please be aware all numbers are not factual and this is strictly used as an example.
Another strategy multi family investors use to purchase multi family properties is a 1031 exchange. This will also be explained later in this blog.
I was born and raised in Bucharest Romania where I completed my education and played professional hockey until I moved to the United States and became an American citizen. I understand what the American dream embodies and what it means to own a home, as it was my dream for many years. My wife, a Spokane native and I live in the Mead Colbert area with our two young daughters. Raising my girls and owning a home in the Spokane area brings me joy and makes me very proud. I understand the difference between being sold a house and buying a home. Contact me with confidence! I guarantee your privacy will be respected. And I offer the services on this site for free and without obligation. Why? I want to be YOUR real estate agent. As your trusted, professional real estate partner, I will help you find the best home in your area within your price range. And together we will sell your home, for as much as the market will bear, and as quickly as possible. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss how I can best assist you with your real estate needs.
"Alex always had my family's best interest in mind. He gave me recommendations of how much we should offer on a house based off of his knowledge of market value. I spent 20 minutes arguing with him that I didn't want to offer that low because I really wanted the house. He told me he would do whatever I wanted but felt that I was offering higher than the property was worth. Even though we offered 30K more than he recommended we still got the house for 19K less than asking and I am very happy that we are in this house now. I do have regrets that maybe I should have listened to him because he could have saved us much more. Add that to the fact that he sold my house in 3 days and brought the buyer up $11K from their original offer and you will see a very happy me! "