I'm looking to invest in multifamily properties. Any suggestions?

Asked by Ken Parker, Washington, DC Sat May 25, 2013

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Lise Howe, Agent, Chevy Chase, MD
Sat May 25, 2013
It is harder to make a good investment in DC proper so I think it is important to broadly define your search criteria. Historically a number of investors bought in DC even though the rents could not possibly cover the carrying costs - expecting appreciation to make up the difference - and then we hit the wall. I suggest you consider Baltimore and Takoma Park. In addition, unless you have significant rental property management experience, you should stick to 4 unit buildings or smaller. Financing is much simpler with 4 units and under. In addition, it minimizes your likelihood of being subject to rent control.

I own several properties in Baltimore because the acquisition costs are reasonable and rents are good enough to cover your carrying expenses. I am proud of the quality of service I provide my tenants and the stability of my investments. I would be happy to sit down over a cup of coffee and share my experiences with you before you jump into the investment market.
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Carmen Brode…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Thu May 30, 2013
Depending on your budget, smaller is usually better. It is wiser to put down 30% on a triplex than 10% on a six plex.
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Kelly Putz, Agent, Fairfax, VA
Tue May 28, 2013
Hi Ken,

Your question is rather broad. If you can be a little more specific, I'm sure we can give you much better information.

- Are you wanting to only look in DC, or do you have interest in MD and VA?
- What size property? 1-2 units, 1-4 units, 4-10 units or larger? There are tax and other issues in dealing with more than 4 units.
- What price range?
- Are you looking to hold the properties or flip them?
- If you want to flip, is zoning an issue?
- What sort of funding do you have: cash, private investor, hard money or conventional commercial? Sometimes type of funding can determine what is, and is not, feasible.
- Are you looking for turnkey, fixer upper, or a gut job?

These are just a few of the questions that will come up. The answers can help us greatly improve the quality of the answer to your question.

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Ken Parker, Home Buyer, Washington, DC
Sat May 25, 2013
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Sat May 25, 2013
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Ellen Passman, Agent, Washington, DC
Sat May 25, 2013
Depending on your price point and condition of property you are willing to accept, there a many opportunities in and around the Washington area. i have investors as clients, so I am always looking for suitable opportunities. I could add to my list, let me know if you you are interested.
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My search area is from DC to Baltimore including all the counties in between.
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Santiago Tes…, Agent, Washington, DC
Sat May 25, 2013
Hi Ken,
there are currently 64 properties on the market in DC
What's your investment criteria?
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Michael Cunn…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Sat May 25, 2013
What's your email? I can send you the mutlifamily properties that are currently on the market.
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