CAP Rates for Buying Real Estate

I’m sure that there are lots of people who are scared of investing in stocks and shares. Also, I couldn’t be the only one who thinks that investment in banks is for nothing.

Are you one of us?


Good. This is for you.

People like us always look for a good, reliable, and profitable sector to invest in. And if you really want to make a fortune out of your investments, there is nothing like real estate.

Intrigued already?

Wait. Real Estate is a tricky sector for investment. If you can successfully make the investment in the right place at the right time, Real Estate can turn your fortune. But if anything goes wrong, you can be a loser in this sector and no one likes to be a loser.

So, what do you need to do to become a gainer in real estate?Know the CAP rates and plan accordingly.

CAP Rates or Capitalization Rates are how investment properties are measured. But it is also true that only one term should not be your way to measure any property. You need to pay heed to all of them.

With that said, let’s get started with CAP and how it is measured.

What is Capitalization Rates?

In order to calculate a property’s Capitalization rate, you need to divide that property’s annual net operating income by the purchase price.

For example, say a property costs $1 Million and each year, it generated $75,000 of NOI or Net Operating Income. Then the property is 7.5% CAP rate.

The difference in CAP rate indicates the difference in risks. Higher CAP means higher risks. But to find out which CAP is worth your investment, judging the risks, you need to consider few factors.

Location: If I say that location is everything, it won’t be an exaggeration. Location really matters because location is what drives the demands.

The well-educated, wealthy, and powerful population will always want to drive a local economy. That’s why CAP rates at places like LA is lower than Kansas. This is the reason for the diversification in CAP within a large metropolitan area. But to be honest, there are no strict rules to follow. Each and every location has its own perceived risk.

Interest Rate:The CAP of a property can fluctuate up to 1% if the Feds adjust the rates. If you are an investor in real estate, you’ll know that any increase in the interest rates leads to the fall in that property’s value. When the interest rate increases, the cost of debt increases accordingly.

As a result, your net cash flow decrease. That’s why you should always be aware of the interest rates and which direction they can head to, even though you can’t control it in any way.

Asset Class:You can buy retail, office, hotel, multifamily or any type of Asset you want. But remember, always try to buy assets with low CAP rate because you can sell it at a higher price.Also,you should consider how you want to leave. Don’t think about the current CAP only, you must plan for the future too.

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