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Cash flow is one of the simplest profit centers of real estate- it’s just straight-up profit. Cash flow refers to the money left over after all the expenses on the property are paid. The expenses associated with a property vary depending on what sort of property it is, but generally include:

  • Mortgage
  • Property Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Management
  • Maintenance

These things can add up, but by charging appropriate rent on your property, you cover all these expenses and have cash leftover for yourself. Say the property’s expenses add up to about 1000 dollars a month. Charge 1200 for rent, and your cash flow is 200 dollars a month. Once you have a few properties, that profit starts to add up, too.

There are a few basic ways to max out your cash flow. You want to minimize your expenses, and a good way to do that is to pay off your mortgage as quickly as you possibly can.

The mortgage is typically the largest expense on a property. So, once you get that beast out of the way, you reduce your expenses drastically. At that point you’ve drastically reduced your expenses, and thus, you get to keep a much bigger portion of that rent you’re charging. Awesome, right?

Another factor involved in your cash flow is the number of rental units you have on a single property. While a single family home provides a single stream of income, a duplex or a little apartment building presents you with several. In this way, you’re provided with a greater gross amount before expenses, and thus, the cut you have to give to the bank, insurance company, etc., has less of an impact on your profit.

Cash flow is one of the coolest profit centers in real estate, because it’s so passive. All you have to do is collect the checks. Renting out the property pays for itself if you do it right! So, make sure you’re doing it right! The rent you’re gathering for a property should always be greater than the expenses associated with that property. You don’t want to pay for a property you already own, right? You want it to pay you.

So, collect those checks, and keep your head on your shoulders. This part is so easy, it’s crazy.



About Ian Webb is a real estate investment company. I have been actively investing in Kelowna, Edmonton, and Fraser Valley area real estate for a number of years.

My mission is to provide an above-average return on investment (R.O.I) for my investor partners and myself. It is truly a win-win way of investing!

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