How can I compare the propertys rate of return to a fixed income security rate of return?
A fixed income security such as a CD provides an annual rate of return in percent. A stock’s rate of return is the value of the stock at the end of the year including dividends minus the value at the beginning of the year. Divide that value by the beginning value and then multiply by 100. There are a number of tools in The Real Estate Skinny that can provide a picture of your property’s future rate of return. The ‘Appreciation or Depreciation’ tool is a good way to get a total picture of the property’s rate of return. It includes property value as well as annual income such as rent in the results. If you want to focus on just the property’s income as an investment, use the ‘Rates of Return’ or ‘Variable Cash Flow Analysis’ tools.