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Frequently Asked Questions

Get Answers to Your Top Questions About Buying Investment Property in Charlotte NC

There’s a lot that goes into getting an investment property in North Carolina off the ground. You have to find the perfect place, make the necessary repairs, get it in shape for tenants, and then find people to fill your vacant rooms. With so much happening, it’s understandable that you have lots of questions. To help you get started, here are answers to common questions about investing in North Carolina real estate.

1. Can APM help me acquire new investment properties?

Yes. We’ll give you guidance on what you need to purchase your new investment properties in Charlotte, Huntersville, Concord, Kannapolis and other parts of North Carolina. Through our network of brokers, loan officers, contractors, attorneys, CPAs, home inspectors, and insurance agents, we’ll help you invest in the right property for your needs.

2. How long does it take to rent a vacant property?

Because of our extensive advertising and marketing most of our vacant properties rent within 30-60 days or less.

3. How much working capital do I need to buy investment property?

Unless you are paying cash for property you will need to get a loan from a bank. Most banks require 20% down.

4. Do I need an LLC to buy investment property?

You can buy property in your personal name but most attorneys and CPA’s recommend creating an LLC. This can be done very easily and is inexpensive. Please consult your attorney and CPA to find out what is best for your situation.

5. Is this a good time to invest in real estate?

Conditions for investing in real estate have never been better. Low interest rates, low prices means great cash flow and good return on investment.

6. What is cash flow?

This is the money that you have left over from your rental proceeds after you have paid the mortgage and all other operating expenses. For example, let’s say an investor buys a $125,000 house by investing cash equity of $40,000 (25 % down payment plus closing costs and rehabilitation costs) that generates rental income of $1,200 per month. The mortgage plus other operating expenses total $1,015 per month. So the rent less all the expenses leaves $185 of positive monthly income, or $2,220 per year. If we divide this $2,220 annual cash flow by the $40,000 initial cash investment, it calculates to a cash-on-cash return of 5.55 percent — a pretty fair deal on a decent real estate investment. There are even better deals out there in the market right now.