Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Giving Myself a 2K Raise

Last year we came across a free hold town house in Barrie. We already had several rental properties in the neighborhood and were intimately familiar with the market. We realized this was a great opportunity because the house was about 50K below market and could be brought to market with 10-15K investment.

Financing was promising to be problematic. So we found three tentative options and ran our numbers:


Plan A


2.99% interest rate with 40% down payment resulted in $18/month cash flow with additional $250 of principal paid by the tenant during the first year. $268 cash flow per month is more than our goal of $200 per door per month.

Plan B


With 4.99% interest rate and 25% down, we'd be losing $210 dollars per month. But again after taking principal pay down into account, the cash flow is positive $15.

Plan C


In the worst case scenario of 7% interest only financing, we'd be losing $278 every month. This is a type of deal we don't want to get.

Decision

Before making the final decision and waiving financing condition, we confirmed with our mortgage broker that Plan A and B looked doable. We also negotiated a $200 / month increase in rent 3 months after purchase with the existing tenant. With this rent increase, even in the worst case of Plan C our loss would be $78 per month. We decided that we could live with this loss temporarily for 6-12 months, while securing a better financing option.   

Result

We qualified for Plan B and went with a 1-year term. 

During the first year, we averaged $164 cash flow per month plus principal pay down. 

At the end of the year, we re-financed and got 2.84% interest rate, which is $155 cash saving per month. In addition, we increased rent by $21. Lastly, we reviewed insurance with our insurance broker and removed flooding and earthquake, since the house is on top of a hill and earthquakes never happened in Barrie before. This saved another $5.

Overall, cash flow after the first year increased from $164 to $340. This means I gave myself a 2K raise.