From the inbox: why is the rent so high?!

This is one that I’ve been asked a bunch of times!  It’s a good question and one that bears repeated asking.

Short answer: property and mortgage values and cash flow.

Longer answer: it’s a function of the dymanics of the city. As a landlord myself, here’s the analysis/format I use in looking at this. If you want to buy a $150,000 home, as an investment, you need at least 20% down. Let’s assume $1000 a year in insurance and another in taxes.

For investment purposes then, this home is going to cost a $30,000 down payment and at a 4.5% APR, cost a landlord $777 a month to pay principal, interest, taxes and insurance.

A landlord is going to need cash flow, too, to be prepared for emergencies and have a return on their investment. In this case, that $150,000 3 Bed, 2 bath home may rent for $1000-1150.  The landlord is “cash flowing” about $223-373 in this case.  However, that does not account for their costs any time anything breaks.  This isn’t profit for the landlord, necessarily, as there are taxes and maintenance of the home involved, too.

It scales from there…a $175K home requires a 35K down payment (as an investment property) and costs $878 a month to carry in this scenario.

LARGE CAVEAT: This is for a 20% conventional loan, investment property. An owner occupied home will require much less down but have a higher overall mortgage as a result.

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*This is not legal or financial advise just sharing information and experience.  Always consult a CPA, lender or attorney as needed.

From the inbox: what’s a “zombie” title?

That’s  a VERY good question and detailed.  The short answer is that it’s a title to a home that has not been foreclosed on.
The longer answer is that it’s a result of a bank not foreclosing on a property that a homeowner lost to foreclosure (and likely believes they are clear of).

If a person “walks away” from a home, the bank typically moves to foreclose.  The homeowner vacates the property and believes the foreclosure has often occurred.  This isn’t always the case; sometimes, banks don’t take back the home.

This results in “zombie title,” where a homeowner thinks they are clear but they aren’t.   These titles are starting to pop up with increased frequency as this wave of the housing crisis settles down.

This is NOT legal advice.   Always consult a CPA or attorney when making these decisions (foreclosure, etc.).

If you’re in trouble, foreclosure isn’t the best answer.  There are other options.

Call me at 719-440-6626 and we can talk about those options!


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