Posted by Kristine-CA on August 21, 2003 at 20:27:54:
Julia: I can’t speak for Ron Starr, but I can tell you what landlords that buy from me in Central CA are looking for. Early in the year I sold 4 units (1 house, 1 duplex, 1 studio) for 80K. Needed about 10K in fix up. Gross rents are 1600.00. That was to an out of town investor who thought that was a great deal. Since then he’s bought some other things, has moved to the area, and now knows there are better deals if you look for them. And like many other investors here, he’d like to pay about 20-30 per house and rent for 400-700.
I know that Ron Starr can buy even lower than I can and he commands better rents. I don’t know if he has a ratio.
Seems to me that ratios would be based on where you are and what kind of investing you are doing. Like I said in my earlier post I would buy anything in Santa Barbara that was below FMV, regardless of rents because of appreciation (and because I’d like to buy a house for myself that is a good deal). Landlords here accepted the fact long ago that most properties don’t cash flow but they are benefitting from appreciation–and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down much yet.
So, I don’t know if there is one good price/gross rent ratio–everyone is different about what makes a good investment. Sincerely, Kristine