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MultiFamily Investment Property Vs. Single Family Residence – What you need to know!

Multi-family Investment Property vs. Single-family Rental Property Investment

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A MULTI-FAMILY INVESTMENT VS. SINGLE-FAMILY RENTAL PROPERTIES

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For a new real estate investor, the question of whether to buy a MultiFamily Investment (MFI) or a Single Family Residence (SFR) can be a tough question. Like most things in life, there are pros and cons to each. You simply have to decide what is best for you in either case after knowing a few facts. Investing in real estate, either an MFI or an SFR, is a good investment and as long as you have a long-term plan in mind, you can make it successful.

 

Why Purchase a MultiFamily Investment Property

 

At first glance, purchasing a multifamily investment property seems to bring the most cash flow. After all, more units to rent means more money, right? Well, that depend on your long-term goals. Here are 4 reasons consider investing in an MFI.

 

Property Cost

While it’s true that the overall cost of a MultiFamily Investment Property will outstrip a SFR every time, the per unit cost will be far less. Additionally, your cost to maintain that unit and even property manage that unit will be far less on a per unit basis. Let’s say you owned 2 SFRs and 1 MFI with 2 units. The MFI enjoys economies of scale for things like repairs and maintenance. If you need to replace the plumbing in the MFI, you can do one big job on both units, whereas with the SFRs, you’ll have two completely different plumbing jobs and that will mean higher cost. In addition, your state may require an onsite employee if the MFI is over a certain number of units

 

Financing

The main difference you may not know about property financing is that even with best credit banks will limit the number of mortgages you can hold—usually to 10. But, if you finance 10 MultiFamily Investment Properties with 5 units each, that’s 50 units you can call your own. And you can enjoy the cash flow of all those tenants.

 

Vacancy Expenses

This is a no-brainer. If your SFR remains empty, that means the cost for that unit is going to come right out of your pocket. On the flip side, if you have a MultiFamily Investment Property that’s only partially rented, you can offset some, if not all, of the cost with the rent of the other units that are leased.

Cash Flow

 

This has been mentioned before, but it’s worth bringing up separately. Typically, with MFIs, you’ll generate a positive cash flow quicker, especially with new units. That said, as Multifamily Investment Properties age, and they typically don’t age as well, more of that initial cash flow will be eaten up by maintenance and upkeep costs, so be sure to keep that in mind as you consider where to invest your resources.

 

Why Invest in a Single-Family Residence

So, with all the above reasons, why would someone consider investing in a SFR instead of a Multifamily Investment Property. Again, it depends on your long-term goal. If you’re looking to invest in a property and see a greater return on your investment in the long-run, SFRs might be the best option.  Here are 5 reasons to consider a SFR.

Location

Typically, an SFR is in a nicer locale than an MFI. Consider a quiet neighborhood and its typical location compared to where apartments are located. Good property locations can make a unit easier to rent.  After all, location, location, location still matters in real estate.

 

Tenant Quality

Most property management companies will tell you that tenants in SFRs are usually more conscientious about their property than tenants in a Multifamily Investment Property. That’s usually because they’re looking for a home rather than just a place to live. Tenants that choose a SFR can have more long term residential goals.

 

Tenant Turnover

Salt Lake City property management team Real Property Management says that tenant turnover is the single largest cost for real estate investors.  Longer renting tenants means you won’t have to constantly advertise, show, and re-lease your property. Regardless of which investment property type you choose, having an expert team of property managers can help you reduce your vacancy expenses drastically!

 

Appreciation

The Salt Lake City area is a booming housing market and for Salt Lake City property management, there is ample opportunity to get a good return on your investment. SFRs usually go up in value over time, so the opportunity to make money just by owning a property can be significant.

 

Exit Strategy

Here is where we talk about long term goals. With an SFR, you should have a goal to sell the house and pocket the investment once the property is paid off or go for a 1031 exchange. If you handle it correctly, you can have a big payday at the end of your investment which can fund a retirement or other investments.

So, which is right for you? That depends on your personal goals and situation. Rental property investing requires time and patience, and with a good partner like property management in Salt Lake City, you can be successful. Let us help connect you with the right partners so you can accomplish your financial goals!

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