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The Complete Guide to Real Estate Finance for Investment Properties: How to Analyze Any Single-Family, Multifamily, or Commercial Property

ISBN: 978-0-471-64712-6
288 pages
September 2004
The Complete Guide to Real Estate Finance for Investment Properties: How to Analyze Any Single-Family, Multifamily, or Commercial Property (0471647128) cover image
This practical, real-world guide gives investors all the tools they need to make wise decisions when weighing the value and potential of investment properties. Written for old pros as well as novice investors, this friendly, straightforward guide walks readers step by step through every stage of property analysis. Whether you're buying or selling, investing in big commercial properties or single-family rentals, you'll find expert guidance and handy resources on every aspect of real estate finance, including:
* Proven, effective valuation techniques
* Finance tips for all different kinds of property
* How various financing strategies affect investments
* Structuring financial instruments, including leverage, debt, equity, and partnerships
* Measurements and ratios for investment performance, including capitalization rates and gross rent multiplier ratios
* Future and present value analysis
* How the appraisal process works
* Primary appraisal methods-replacement cost, sales comparison, and income capitalization-and how to know which one to use
* How to understand financial statements, including income, balance, and cash flow
* Case studies for single-family rentals, multifamily conversions, apartment complexes, and commercial office space
* A detailed glossary of important real estate terminology
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PART I: REAL ESTATE FINANCE.

Chapter 1. Introduction to Real Estate Finance.

Chapter 2. Primary Investment Elements and Their Effect on Financing Strategies.

Chapter 3. Secondary Investment Elements and Their Effect on Financing Strategies.

Chapter 4. Additional Investment Elements and Their Effect on Financing Strategies.

Chapter 5. Structuring Financial Instruments.

Chapter 6. Real Estate Investment Performance Measurements and Ratios.

Chapter 7. Advanced Real Estate Investment Analysis.

Chapter 8. The Valuation of Real Property.

Chapter 9. Financial Statements and Schedules.

PART II: CASE STUDY REVIEW—PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF VALUATION ANALYSIS.

Chapter 10. Case Study 1: Single Family Rental House.

Chapter 11. Case Study 2: Single Family to Multifamily Conversion.

Chapter 12. Case Study 3: Multifamily Apartment Complex.

Chapter 13. Case Study 4: Single Family Conversion to Commercial Office Building.

PART III: EPILOGUE AND APPENDICES.

Chapter 14. Epilogue Destined for Greatness.

Appendix A: www.thevalueplay.com.

Appendix B: www.symphony-homes.com.

Glossary.

Index.

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STEVE BERGES is a real estate investment professional with over twenty-five years of experience. As Principal of Symphony Homes, he is an active investor specializing in creating value through various real estate mechanisms, including single-family houses, multifamily apartment complexes, and the development and construction of single-family and condominium housing communities. He holds an MBA degree in finance and marketing from Rice University. He is also the author of The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings and The Complete Guide to Flipping Properties, both from Wiley.
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