How to calculate NOI

How to calculate the NOI of an asset in real estate is misunderstood by a lot of investors, new and seasoned. 

These investors don’t understand it because they don’t have to!

This figure doesn’t play a large role in small deals like single-family and two to four-unit properties.

But to play the real estate game in a way that can create generational wealth, you need to calculate the NOI of your deal accurately. 

“You Live and Die by the NOI,” I like to say. 

This is the formula and information on NOI you need to invest in real estate in the big leagues. 

Understanding NOI

First, what does NOI stand for exactly? It means the Net Operating Income of an asset. 

This figure is used to assess the profitability of a property once you acquire it. You can see now how on a single-family or duplex this would be straightforward. 

However, on the 32+ unit deals like I suggest in my book, “How to Create Wealth Investing in Real Estate,” you need to crunch some numbers.

I’ll lay it out for you step by step. 

Steps to calculate net operating income (NOI)

This is the formula to calculate your deal’s NOI: 

  1. Multiply the current rent of the property times the number of units of the deal. 
  2. Take that number and multiply it by 12 (a year).
  3. You will then subtract 10% from that total to compensate for occupancy. 

The number you get here is your net operating income. This number determines how much you can reasonably expect to pay for a property. It’ll also give you an idea of how much debt a bank will give you for it. 

Now that you know how to calculate the NOI of an asset, you’re on the right track in real estate. You should also check out my other article on calculating another important figure — Cap Rates.

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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.

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