Read below to learn how we’re hitting 17-50% projected returns from duplex #2 and #4 with the BRRRR method.
Today’s post is a follow up to my last Anno Darwinii post, where I gave an update on the state of my rental real estate empire. In it, I projected how I thought a couple of duplexes would perform when rented.
If you don’t remember what BRRRR stands for, read this article.
A couple of weeks ago, I had back to back closings for the cash out refinances on two duplexes. After putting the kids to bed, I met the mobile notary at the door and we sat down at the dining room table. Thursday night and then again on Friday night, I signed stacks of documents and finalized the “refinance” part of the BRRRR process.
Specifically, I completed the BRRRR process on Indy Duplex #2 and #4.
Here are the properties:
Last week, my property manager in Indianapolis gave me the good news that both properties will be fully rented as of March 1st! This officially finished the “rent” part of the BRRRR process for duplex #2 and #4.
So now it’s time for a nitty-gritty analysis to finalize my numbers and give the official cash on cash projection for the two properties.
Indy duplex #2: purchase and refinance
I purchased this building through a wholesaler, so there were some extra fees that I paid to get the property under contract. But I got a good price for the property, and it appraised for much more than I expected after my light renovation.
Catching a neighborhood upswing?
Despite some degraded plumbing and an unfortunate issue with a neighbor, things finally seem to be going right for this duplex (knock on wood).
Both sides of the duplex rented for slightly higher than I expected, which increases our cash flow projections. Also, the bank appraisal took place right after three really nicely renovated duplexes sold nearby to duplex #2. This generated a surprisingly high appraisal value.
Are we catching the beginning of an upswing in this neighborhood? Maybe, but only time will tell. As you can see below, the stars aligned for a really impressive cash on cash return.
Indy Duplex #4: purchase and refinance
I also purchased this duplex through a wholesaler. However, this property needed a really extensive renovation, including new plumbing, HVAC, flooring, kitchens, and bathrooms. I also had to pay cash for the property (which is why purchase price = down payment in the chart below).
By the time the renovation was over, I’d sunk almost a quarter of a million dollars into the deal!
Too much renovation?
This deal was interesting. Because of the cost of the renovation, the property appraised for only $25,000 more than I had sunk into the deal.
The lender also caught an error where they’d originally planned to cash out 75% of the equity, instead of the 70% the duplex deserved. That’s an extra $13,750 that I had to leave in the deal, for a total of over $60,000 of cash left in the deal.
But in the end, I’m still walking away with a nicely renovated duplex at about a 17% cash on cash return.
Last week, the funds cleared and roughly $250,000 flowed into my bank account from the lender. I directed the cash back into our HELOC, reducing our balance and priming the pump for our next project.
Considering the spread between our cash invested and the appraised value of the homes post-renovation, we created almost $100,000 of equity with these two BRRRRs. We should also get over $18,000 total cash flow from the properties annually after expenses, all while our tenants pay down our mortgages.
I still have Duplex #3 weighing on my mind. Also, the major renovation on the 10 unit apartment building is about to kick off. I’ve got stories to tell you about both properties, but I’ll save that for another day. Suffice to say, my once-in-a-while antacid is now a daily necessity.
Finally we’re done with the BRRRR process on duplex #2 and #4! Now, the Dr-ess and I are pondering what to do with our capital once again. We technically need to keep on going to fulfil the repeat portion of the BRRRR process. In the short term, I’ve decided to pause on new property acquisition until the apartment complex renovation is humming along.
Speaking of short term, I’ve become intrigued recently with the potential tax savings I may generate with the purchase of a short term rental.
Much more excitement (and antacids) to come! Stay tuned….
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