Our client is a young working professional purchasing his second investment property through the house hacking approach. He wanted his next purchase to provide a balance of investment and lifestyle.
Location was one of the main focuses along with the ability to add value to the property to increase the rents by finishing out the basement into a separate unit. The neighborhood will continue to appreciate, and the property is zoned and large enough to add an additional dwelling unit (ADU).
This property closed Q3 2020.
- Single young working professional
- Building a rental property retirement portfolio through house hacking
- House hacker approach worked best
- Wanted to live in an area that provided personal enjoyment as well as appreciation potential
- Listen to the podcast “#221: Deal Analysis – West Highlands House Hack” on the Denver Real Estate Investing Podcast
- Watch the YouTube video (at the bottom.)
- Read the blog post. Note, the blog is an executive summary. Get the in-depth breakdown from the podcast or video.
Deal Quadrant: MLS
Read about the deal quadrant and finding Denver Investment Properties.
Investment Property Details
- Type: Detached Single Family
- 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom
- Location: Berkley Neighborhood in West Highlands
- List Price: $580,000
- Purchase Price: $580,000
- Why we liked it:
- Great Location
- Room to make upgrades over time to increase value
- Separate entrance for basement, space to add an additional kitchen to create split level rental opportunity
- Zoned for additional dwelling unit (ADU) with the right sized lot for adding square footage
- Long term opportunity to develop into a new build
Property Contract Details
- Finding the property: pre-marketed as a coming soon on the MLS, loophole to work around the new coming soon rule, went under contract sight unseen and was able to do the visual inspection within 24 hours. This house would have gone for over $600,000 if it hit the market. The sellers were under pressure to sell the home because they had already bought a new home in North Carolina.
- Under contract: at MLS coming soon price and secret sauce
- Inspection Concerns:
- Old furnace & no AC
- Inspection negotiation outcome:
- New furnace (seller credit)
Property Financing Details
- Lender: Conventional
- Loan Type: 5% down conventional
- Appraisal: at value, conditions of submitting pictures of the remodeled basement.
- Seller Concessions: $3,500
- PMI: Prepaid
- Interest Rate Buy Down?: Yes
Spreadsheet Rental Analysis – While Living There
Property Operating Expenses – While Living There
First Year Returns – While Living There
Spreadsheet Rental Analysis – After Move Out
Property Operating Expenses – After Move Out
First Year Returns – After Move Out
Download free rental property analysis spreadsheets like the ones above.
The spreadsheet shows a positive cash flow of $1021 once he moves out after year one. He’s evaluating the best way to bill for utilities. To be conservative, we’re assuming he’s paying for the utilities and not collecting additional income. The analysis doesn’t include a property management fee as he is willing to self manage, while accounting for a 5% vacancy rate and 8% repairs and reserves. He also plans to build out the basement with a kitchen to help increase the rent rates, which would increase rents by $200-$300/mo.
YouTube Video: West Highlands House Hack
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