Chicago Investment Property – S Prairie

Today I’m analyzing a newly rehabbed Chicago investment property that has 2 units(condo) with 5 bedrooms in each unit. 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 Chicago Area
  • Listing Price: $89,900Chicago investment property
  • Rehab Estimate: n/a
  • Address: S Prairie, Chicago, IL
  • Beds / Baths / Sq Ft: 10 beds / 4 bath / 2,860 sq ft
  • Property Description: A newly rehabbed two unit condominium
    featuring  5 bedrooms, 2 full baths in each unit with new drywall, electrical and plumbing, updated kitchen and bathrooms and a full unfinished basement. Great investment opportunity.


  • Median Income: $37,472
  • Poverty Rate: 29%
  • Unemployment Rate: 24%
  • % with Bachelor’s Degree: 17%
  • % of Renters: 43%

The zip code 60628 is below the average for the Chicago metro area 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 $1,200-1,400 per month with a median of $1,250.  Each unit in this investment property is slightly above the average 1,400 sq ft home in the area, we have assumed rent of $1,250 per unit per month. 

$1,250/mo is at the high end of affordability when compared to the area’s median income which is 15x the monthly rent. We have assumed a monthly rent based on square footage of the property and the number of bedrooms(5) as well as the average terms for the area.


  • Property Taxes: $5,000
  • Insurance: $2,500
  • Property Management: $2,500 (assumes 1.75 x monthly rent)
  • Vacancy: $2,500
  • Maintenance: $1,500
  • Other: $2,500

The expenses for this property are generally in-line with industry standards; property taxes are the typical 2x rent.  Since this is a D – level neighborhood I have a assumed one month of vacancy every 12 months and one month of cushion for unexpected expenses.

Property management is set at ~ 1x monthly 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: $89,900
  • Rehab:n/a
  • Closing Costs: $2,697
  • Total Investment: $92,597
  • Financed Amount: $69,448
  • Cash Investment: $23,149
  • Annual Revenue: $30,000
  • Annual Expenses: $16,500
  • Interest: $3,472
  • Net Income: $10,028
  • Annual Return: 43%
  • Annual Appreciation: $899
  • Total Return Potential: 47%
At Recommended Price

  • Purchase Price: $87,000
  • Rehab: n/a
  • Closing Costs: $2,610
  • Total Investment: $89,610
  • Financed Amount: $67,208
  • Cash Investment: $22,403
  • Annual Revenue: $30,000
  • Annual Expenses: $16,500
  • Interest: $3,360
  • Net Income: $10,140
  • Annual Return: 45%
  • Annual Appreciation: $899
  • Total Return Potential: 49%


I have analyzed this Chicago investment property assuming a financed purchase.  With a neighborhood grade of D , I would normally target a minimum annual return of 15% with an additional 3% margin of safety.  I think 1% annual appreciation of ~ $899 is a reasonable expectation.  Here the listing price of $89,900 is fairly attractive although I would start with an offer of $87,000 to boost the annual return to 43% before adding appreciation.

Note that this property will also benefit from deducting annual depreciation of $3,144/yr.



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