Real Estate Investing: Single Family Home vs. Condo

From Fox Business:

If you’re considering getting into the landlord game, you might wonder  whether it’s best to buy a single family home or a condominium.

Many people say to stay away from condominiums because of all the issues with  homeowners associations, and they have a point. However, single family homes  have many issues, too, so don’t make up your mind so quickly.

Here are several things to consider in this “Rumble in the Investment  Property Jungle.”

Round 1: Investment returns

When you’re buying an investment property, the first thing you should do is  pencil out your real estate deal to see if it has fair cash-on-cash investment  returns. As a general rule, you’ll find that single family homes typically have  lower cash-on-cash returns than condominium properties. So a fair deal on a  single family home might be a cash-on-cash return of 3 to 5 percent, while a  condominium might have 4 to 7% returns. The condominium will probably take this  round, but every property is different, so you need to pencil out your specific  deal to understand the returns.

Round 2: Tenant turnover

Every time your tenants leave, you’ll need to re-rent the property. And it’s  a lot of work! You have to advertise, take calls and emails, show the property,  draft a lease, do a credit check, move the old tenant out, move the new tenant  in, etc. And even if your old tenant left the place in perfect shape, you still  need to fix minor issues, probably paint and maybe have the carpets cleaned.

Smart landlords know that you make the most money by keeping your tenants as  long as possible. Apartment/condo units typically turn over every other year,  while single family homes typically have much longer tenancies of three to five  years. Clear winner on this round: single family homes.

Round 3: HOA vs. non-HOA

The biggest complaint about condominiums is dealing with HOAs and HOA fees.  And while there are many HOAs that are in terrible financial, legal and  operational shape, there are also many that are well-managed and in very good  shape. HOAs can have strict rules, and if you or your tenant breaks them, you  have to deal with the fallout. But those rules also keep harmony in the  neighborhood and stops tenants from parking inoperable vehicles, appliances,  etc., in their yards as might happen with a single family neighborhood. No clear  winner here.

Round 4: Ongoing maintenance and repairs

As a single family residence owner, you would need to schedule and handle all  the exterior issues — roofing, painting, landscaping — which is going to take up  a lot of your time and energy. These are all tasks the HOA would handle in a  condo community. Overall, it’s much less work owning a property in an HOA — and  that’s why owners pay HOA fees. It’s a condo “KO” on this issue!

Round 5:  Value increase

Many people believe that single family homes go up in value more than condos,  but there really isn’t any conclusive proof of that. Most real estate, in a  general vicinity, is going to appreciate about the same 2 to 3% per year over  the long term. So you should exclude this one as a consideration. For building  wealth, forget the appreciation and instead go for the better cash flow as noted  above in Round 1.


So those are some of the items to consider. Either one can be a great  investment, or a terrible investment, depending on what you purchase, how much  due diligence you do before your purchase and how well you manage the property.  Do a lot more research and talk to property owners, and then you can figure out  how you will win the heavy weight championship of real estate investing!

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From the Baton Rouge Business Report, Real Estate Weekly:

Three-quarters of the way through the year, homes sales in the eight-parish  region tracked by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors are far  outpacing sales in 2011, 2010 and 2009—and are only 1.5% off the year-to-date  tally from the pre-recession 2008 sales figures. A total of 5,833 homes have  sold in the region through September. That’s a nearly 13% increase over the  5,174 sales recorded in the first three quarters of 2011, a 15% increase over  the 5,069 sold in 2010, and a roughly 11% increase over the 5,241 sold in 2009.  This year’s tally through the third quarter indicates just 86 fewer sales than  in 2008. GBRAR President-Elect Pat Wattam says she expects 2012 sales to match  or exceed 2008 levels when the year is over. “I saw the market turn the corner  last November, and what we’ve seen since is a steady continuation of that,” she  says. While sales figures are paramount, Wattam says she’s also keeping an eye  on another figure: the months of inventory for the eight-parish region. In  September, it dropped to 6.24 months. A year ago, that figure was at 7.69, and  it actually reached as high as 10 months around the start of 2012. Wattam says  declining months’ inventory is a clear sign of an improving market and that she  expects it will continue to fall. She says a healthy market is generally one  with about five to eight months of inventory. “With East Baton Rouge dropping  below the eight months supply point, that means we’re in a very, very steady  market. It’s not a buyer’s market, but it’s not a seller’s market either,” she  says. “And in Ascension Parish, that number just dropped to below six months.  That tells me it’s flipping to a seller’s market.” —Steve  Sanoski This week’s poll question: Do you  believe the Capital Region housing market has fully recovered from the  recession?

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