Atlanta Investment Property – Scarborough

Today I’m analyzing a 3 bedroom Atlanta investment property located in Ellenwood, GA.  Ellenwood is a suburb of the Atlanta metro area.  Take a look at my analysis of this property and let me know if you agree.  You can also send me an email with additional questions or to learn more about this property.


  • Market: Metro Atlanta Area
  • Listing Price: $124,900                             Atlanta investment property scarborough rd
  • Rehab Estimate: n/a
  • Address: Scarborough Rd, Ellenwood, GA
  • Beds / Baths / Sq Ft: 3 beds / 2 bath / 1,565 sq ft
  • Property Description: A quality ranch home on a corner fenced parcel. Spend your spare time at the splendid Panola Mountain Park where hiking, fishing and camping are plentiful. This home has a large kitchen, a breakfast nook, a wooded back yard with a bright and airy bay window, a  huge master bedroom with a walk in closet, and a garage with an oversized workbench and extra storage.


  • Median Income: $56,577
  • Poverty Rate: 12%
  • Unemployment Rate: 14%
  • % with Bachelor’s Degree: 28%
  • % of Renters: 18%

The zip code 30294 is average for the Atlanta metro area based on key economic factors including median annual income and the poverty rate.


The vast majority of rental properties in this area are 3 bedrooms. These homes generally rent for $975 – $1,250 per month with a median of $1,150.  This investment property is near the average sized home in the area, so we have assumed rent of $1,100 per month.

$1,100/mo is very affordable when compared to the area’s median income which is over 51.4x the monthly rent.  There should be a large group of area residents who can comfortably afford the proposed price.


  • Property Taxes: $1,283
  • Insurance: $1,100
  • Property Management: $1,925 (assumes 1.75x monthly rent)
  • Vacancy: $733
  • Maintenance: $1,100
  • Other: $550

The expenses for this property are generally in-line with industry standards with the exception of property taxes, which are below the typical 2x rent.  Since this is a C-level neighborhood I have assumed 1 month of vacancy every 18 months and ~.5 month of cushion for unexpected expenses.

Property management is set at ~1.75 months rent.  This factors in regular monthly management fees along with various other new tenant and lease renewal fees that companies may charge.


At Listing Price

  • Purchase Price: $124,900
  • Rehab: n/a
  • Closing Costs: $3,747
  • Total Investment: $128,647
  • Financed Amount: $96,485
  • Cash Investment: $32,162
  • Annual Revenue: $13,200
  • Annual Expenses: $6,691
  • Interest: $4,824
  • Net Income: $1,684
  • Annual Return: 5%
  • Annual Appreciation: $2,498
  • Total Return Potential: 13%
At Recommended Price

  • Purchase Price: $116,000
  • Rehab: n/a
  • Closing Costs: $3,480
  • Total Investment: $119,480
  • Financed Amount: $89,610
  • Cash Investment: $29,870
  • Annual Revenue: $13,200
  • Annual Expenses: $6,691
  • Interest: $4,481
  • Net Income: $2,028
  • Annual Return: 15%
  • Annual Appreciation: $2,498
  • Total Return Potential: 15%


I have analyzed this Atlanta investment property assuming a financed purchase.  With a neighborhood grade of C , I would normally target a minimum annual return of 12% with an additional 3% margin of safety.  I think 2% annual appreciation of ~$2,498 is a reasonable expectation.  Here the listing price of 124,900 is pretty good. I would start with an offer of $116k, but this property is attractively priced.

Note that this property will also benefit significantly from deducting annual depreciation of $4,192/yr.

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