Redford Investment Property – Chelsea

Today I’m analyzing a 3 bedroom Redford investment property.  Redford is a working-class suburb located west of the city of Detroit.  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.

Redford Investment Property Overview

  • Market: Metro Detroit AreaRedford investment property Chelsea
  • Listing Price: $74,900
  • Rehab Estimate: n/a
  • Address: Chelsea St., Redford, MI 48239
  • Beds / Baths / Sq Ft: 3 beds / 1 bath / 1,232 sqft
  • Property Description: Beautiful 2 story cape cod featuring 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, an updated kitchen with ceramic floors. A mix of carpet and hardwood floors throughout the home and a spacious fenced backyard with a 1 car detached garage.

Neighborhood Grade: C

  • Median Income: $50,113
  • Poverty Rate: 14.1%
  • Unemployment Rate: 15%
  • % with Bachelor’s Degree: 19%
  • % of Renters: 18%

The zip code 48239 is in-line with the average for the metro area on key economic factors and the median annual income is higher than average at $50k.

Rental Price Expectations: $1,125/mo

The vast majority of rental properties in this area are 3 bedrooms and typically range in size from 1,100-1,250 sq feet.  These homes generally rent for $950-1,200 per month with a median of $1,100.  This investment property is slightly above the average so we have assumed rent of $1,125 per month.

$1,125/mo is affordable when compared to the area’s median income which is over 44.5x the monthly rent.  There should be a large group of area residents who can comfortably afford the proposed price.

Annual Expense Expectations: $7,435 (55% of gross rent)

  • Property Taxes: $1,904
  • Insurance: $1,125
  • Property Management: $1,969 (assumes 1.75x monthly rent)
  • Vacancy: $750
  • Maintenance: $1,125
  • Other: $563

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 a assumed one month of vacancy every 18 months and one-half 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.

Financial Summary

At Listing Price

  • Purchase Price: $74,900
  • Rehab: $n/a
  • Closing Costs: $2,247
  • Total Investment: $77,147
  • Financed Amount: $57,860
  • Cash Investment: $19,287
  • Annual Revenue: $13,500
  • Annual Expenses: $7,435
  • Interest: $2,893
  • Net Income: $3,172
  • Annual Return: 16%
  • Annual Appreciation: $1,498
  • Total Return Potential: 24%
At Recommended Price

  • Purchase Price: $73,000
  • Rehab: n/a
  • Closing Costs: $2,190
  • Total Investment: $75,190
  • Financed Amount: $56,393
  • Cash Investment: $18,798
  • Annual Revenue: $13,500
  • Annual Expenses: $7,435
  • Interest: $2,820
  • Net Income: $3,245
  • Annual Return: 17%
  • Annual Appreciation: $1,498
  • Total Return Potential: 25%

My Recommendation

I have analyzed this Redford 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 ~$1,498 is a reasonable expectation.  Here the listing price of $74,900 is fairly attractive although I would prefer a $73,000 purchase price to boost the annual return to 17% before adding appreciation.

Note that this property will also benefit significantly from deducting annual depreciation of more than $2,638/yr.

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