Oftentimes, people get the order of importance wrong when it comes to investing in multifamily real estate. Learning how to finance apartments needs to be at the top of your list. 

Unfortunately, like most things in my life, this is something that I had to learn the hard way.

I wrote this article so you don’t have to learn this crucial skill through trial and error. 

These are the basics of financing apartments the smart way. 

Make debt your #1 partner

The first mistake I notice new real estate investors making is asking the wrong question.

New investors will ask how to raise money for a deal. What they really need to figure out is how to get financing on a deal. 

The only reason you would not want to get financing is that you are thinking too small. Don’t make that mistake either. 

Know this — if you have a big enough down payment, you will get approved. It doesn’t matter how bad your credit is.

That means you want to aim for 60-75% in debt leverage. Banks favor financing that kind of apartment deal.

Finance first

Another term to know when learning how to finance apartments is the debt coverage ratio (DCR). This is the ratio at which your net operating income (NOI) covers the rate you borrowed your money at. 

Ideally, your NOI will cover your debt and then some, giving you cash flow. So, what you want to look for is what’s called a “120 spread.” A 120 spread has your debt on the deal completely covered. Then, you make 20% on top of that. 

This is the way you get your property to make money for you and pay down the debt at the same time. 

10X Miami River

Understanding how to finance apartments is the key to playing this real estate game the right way.

You don’t need to have a ton of cash to get in the game. You just have to know how to secure that financing.

To learn how I went from $3K to billion in real estate assets, sign up for my Free Training.

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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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