Many new investors are confused by the difference between caprate or cash-on cash return. Let me clarify... they're not the same. While a cap rate can be used to match cash-on-cash returns if you purchase property without financing, it is not the same calculation.
Different cap rates can be applied to different properties. It is evident from the formula that properties that have lower net operating income and a higher valuation will have a higher caprate value.
The cap rate can be helpful in quickly comparing the relative market value of real estate investments. However, it should never be used as the only indicator of investment strength.
A cap rate is key to being a successful real property investor. Although it may sound mathematical, a cap rate has practical uses. You can use this concept to choose a market, property type, invest criteria, analyze, and then decide when or if you want to sell a house.
When it comes to cap rates, what is the best rule of thumb? Higher cap rates can be found in better neighborhoods while lower rates can be found in more deprived areas. The next time you see an "irresistible 15% caprate property," you can usually assume that it isn't in a great community.
Lower cap rates indicate less risk while higher cap rates represent greater risk. You can choose which investment type you prefer.
Your surrounding buildings also have an effect on your cap rate. The cap rate of two buildings in the same vicinity can be affected by their proximity. If one building was recently renovated, it might trade at a cap of 5%, while the one in need may trade at an average cap of 7%.