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Buying Your Next Rental (and Financial Freedom Journey)
Starts Here!

Step 1: Knowing your Numbers

Spreadsheet download for Hui Deal Pipeline Club members.

The Hui Deal Pipeline Club is a free investor club where I filter investments and underwrite the numbers and partners myself. Unlike other investor lists and groups, my investors have personal access to me and know that I personally have skin in the game investing alongside with my investors. 

What are these property expenses?

  • Taxes - In the beginning of the acquisition process you have to assume part the taxes as a certain percentage of the market price.  However keep in mind that every county calculates this differently and re-assesses the tax basis for properties especially when the property transfers ownership. Best tip is to get around other passive investors in that area to ask them what the change as been or to assume that taxes will go up 10-80%.
  • Insurance - You can take a certain percentage outlined in the spreadsheet, ask the current owner (if you believe them), or what we suggest is to get one of our insurance referrals within the mastermind to give you an actual value.
  • Management - This is typically 8-10% of the rental revenue plus 50-100% of the first months rent. The property management can also collect additional fees by splitting late fees or charge for renewing previous tenant leases. This is where it is important to have peers or a mentor to save you hidden dollars here. Also make sure you pick a good one with this guide.
  • Vacancy/Turnover Expenses - Typically it takes 2-6 weeks to do some touch ups around the property after a tenant moves out to when the new tenant moves in. 4 week vacancy is 1/12th loss rents and needs to be accounted for as a "Vacancy" expense line item. This is where most novice investors fail to account for.
  • Maintenance - I have always been told to put aside 10% of the rents or 1 months rents as money set aside to fix random things in the property. Also remember that when you old tenant moves out you might have to fix a thing or two (or $20,000).

Also don’t forget about contract services such as lawn/yard service, snow removal, pest control, or pool maintenance.

  • Cap Ex - This is not in your net operating income for all you geeks (engineers) crunching numbers but this is another 10% or so going to a cash reserve account to pay for broken stuff down the 2-15 year road. This money is to pay for large ticket items. More info here. I say geeks because experienced landlords know that its very hard to predict this stuff and it is a waste of time to track and build models to predict this stuff. In reality the best thing you can do is spend your time not in Spreadsheet Land but find more deals to decrease your risk but making more cashflow! Easier said than done when you are limited with fund and getting started which is why you get a mentor to mitigate your risk and understand that these scary things is exactly why you should push forward because most people will back out and thin your competition.
  • Utilities - In most single family homes the tenant is in charge of the utilities (electric, gas, trash, sewer, water) which makes you life easier. However in 2-4+ unit arrangements the responsibility is all over the place.
  • HOA Fees - It worth mentioning but check if your property has this. Condo or townhouses typically have a HOA monthly fee and is why we don't recommend them as investments in addition the face that it is a nightmare dealing with their governance system.

Other expenses not associated with rental property but more as a part of your investor business:

  • CPA to do your taxes
  • Lawyers to deal with lawsuits
  • Most times a professional property management company will handle evictions and pass through costs to you.
  • Also don’t forget about LLC costs.
  • Stamps, cloud storage, office supplies…

BRRRR - Buy, Rent, Rehab, Refinance, Repeat

Net Worth over $50,000?

Net Worth under $100,000?

Check out our BRRR Calc below… you are going to have to trade time for money and take a bit more risk.


NOTE this is coming from an Accredited investors POV who used to do turnkey rentals.

I personally would not do Remote BRRRR as there is just a lot of risk with 

  • Risk of embezzlement with contractors 
  • Change Orders 
  • The bank doing bait and switch doing a lower appraisal and/or LTV on the refinance.

This is especially true for high paid professional or those with a net worth of over $300,000.

Here is an example of these issues.

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