Real estate investing can be a complex and nuanced field, and there are many terms that are important for investors to understand. Here are some key terms that all real estate investors should know:
- Capitalization rate (Cap rate): A measure of a property’s investment potential. It’s the net operating income (NOI) of the property divided by its current market value.
- Cash-on-cash return: A measure of how much cash an investor is making on an investment, expressed as a percentage of the cash invested.
- Debt-to-equity ratio: A measure of a property’s financing structure, comparing the amount of debt used to finance the property to the amount of equity.
- Equity:The difference between the property’s value and any outstanding debt on the property.
- Gross rent multiplier (GRM): A measure of the value of a property based on its potential rental income, calculated by dividing the property’s sale price by its gross rental income.
- Internal rate of return (IRR): A measure of a property’s profitability over time, taking into account the time value of money.
- Leverage: The use of borrowed money to finance an investment.
- Net operating income (NOI): The income generated by a property minus its operating expenses.
- Passive income: Income earned from a rental property or other investment that doesn’t require active involvement from the investor.
- Real estate investment trust (REIT): A company that owns and operates income-producing real estate and allows investors to invest in the company’s assets without owning the underlying property directly.
These are just a few of the many terms that real estate investors should be familiar with. If you hire a property manager or self manage, understanding these terms and concepts can help investors make informed decisions about their investments and maximize their return.
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