If you want to make real money in the real estate game, you need to know how to calculate cap rates. 

Investopedia defines “capitalization rate” as:

the rate of a return of a real estate investment property based on the income the property is expected to generate

This is an incomplete definition, by the way. 

The capitalization rate of an asset will determine:

  • what you should pay on a deal;
  • what to sell it for;
  • how much debt you can get on the property.

Let’s go over the actual cap rate definition and how to determine it. 

Real cap rates definition and formula

The real estate game will not let you down if you don’t quit.

50% of people who do a real estate deal do not do a second because the first investment was bad.

Only missing and incorrect information is what will make you get into a bad situation in real estate. This is the start of you getting all the data you need to make money in a deal. 

As I said, the definition given by Investopedia isn’t entirely correct. Your cap rate is the return you are expected to make on a property if you paid cash with no debt. This tiny nuance is going to be important in making sense of the deal later on. 

Now that we have that understood, here is the simple formula for calculating your cap rate:

Net Operating Income (NOI) divided by the price paid

Do the math again and again

Once you calculate the cap rate, you can use it to find missing data and see whether the information on given on the property is going to be a good fit for you.

For example, your NOI divided by your cap rate will give a good price to pay on the property. You can figure out how much a lender will give you. Most importantly, you will have a good idea of how much money this asset will cash flow you. 

So, do the math on these deals again and again to “Create Wealth Investing in Real Estate“. I crunch the numbers on different deals hundreds of times on legal pads before I go forward on it. 

Do your homework and real estate can pay off big for you. Calculating cap rates is the first step to getting there.

Be Great,

Grant Cardone

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Star of Discovery Channel’s “Undercover Billionaire,” Grant Cardone owns and operates seven privately held companies and a private equity real estate firm, Cardone Capital, with a multifamily portfolio of assets under management valued at over $4 billion. He is the Top Crowdfunder in the world, raising over $900 million in equity via social media. Known internationally as the leading expert on sales, marketing, and scaling businesses, Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 business books, including “The 10X Rule,” which led to Cardone establishing the 10X Global Movement and the 10X Growth Conference, now the largest business and entrepreneur conference in the world. The online business and sales educational platform he created, Cardone University, serves over 411,000 individuals and Forbes 100 corporate clients throughout the world. Voted the top Marketing Influencer to watch by Forbes, Cardone uses his massive 15 million plus following to give back via his Grant Cardone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring underserved, at-risk adolescents in financial literacy, especially those without father figures.