So, there’s a duplex and a 4-plex that have been for sale for a couple of months in my area for around $300,000 for the 6 units. They are going to auction within a week and I was thinking of bidding on them.
This would be my first time doing any type of REI. I’ve been reading the forums, reading books, and trying to figure calculations. There is no active REI club in my area, otherwise I would have already joined. So I’m going to ask here.
I went and looked at the one vacant unit in the 4-plex yesterday. They were built in 1972 and the rooms all have wood paneling from top to bottom and everything is outdated, but other than that everything is in working order in that one unit. He couldn’t show me the insides of the other units because they were occupied and couldn’t really tell me for sure about much of anything pertaining to the other units.
In both the plexes, each unit is 2 bed 1 bath and around 820 square feet. He told me that the current rent was $400 per month from each unit. From what I saw and the pictures I took, the 4-plex and duplex for sale are definitely the nicest properties in this particular neighborhood. The other duplexes and houses in the neighborhood are in very poor condition, whereas the properties I looked at were very well kept on the outside, I only saw the one vacant unit on the inside. The properties are within 3/4 of a mile from the campus of the university.
My father is willing to pay the down payment and we have a letter of pre-approval from the bank for $180,000. I was thinking of bidding $200,000 max for the 6 units being auctioned. Then trying to sell the duplex to recoup the down payment plus some extra. Then keeping the 4-plexes and renting them. I’m pretty sure that a $450 per unit rent would be fairly easy to attain for any new tenants.
Would this be a reasonable deal and plan at $200,000? Or would it be a bad idea for a newbie to jump into such a big endeavor on their first go of things?