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OK, I want to buy a building. What do I do first?

Call me. J/k. Sort of. The first thing you need to do is take stock of your current position. Here is what you need to get started: A decent credit score. FHA will loan down to a 580 score, but ideally you’d be north of 700. A stable work history. The ideal loan applicant would

How much cash do you need to buy your first apartment building?

Not much, especially if you don’t already own real estate. The federal government has a program called the FHA which provides banks with insurance in case a borrower defaults on his mortgage. Because of this insurance, banks are willing to loan up to 96.5% of the cost of a 2-4 unit building, as long as

Recourse vs. non-recourse

There is a major, major difference between recourse and non-recourse loans, as developers all over the country have found out to their distinct displeasure over the past few years. A recourse loan is a loan where one or more of the borrowers agrees to personally pay back the loan, regardless of what happens to the

Debt service coverage ratio explained

Time for some more boring real estate math. I guess this is the blogging equivalent of eating your broccoli. I’ll make it quick and painless, I hope… What is a debt service coverage ratio (DCSR)? It is the result of dividing the annual net operating income of a building by the total annual debt service

Why I write this blog

You might be wondering: Why does this guy spend so much time writing about apartment buildings? I think the financial crisis of the past few years has changed something fundamental about the relationship between young people and real estate, and I want to try to both explain that change, and help shape it and move

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