For investors, interest rates can make a significant difference in whether a specific project is attractive or not. As interest rates rise, the margin for profit may shrink, requiring the investor to approach with caution. In some cases, a variable or adjustable interest rate can offer a tool to increase the deal’s feasibility. The reason for this boost is that the initial rate is lower than the investor can obtain for a long-term fixed-rate loan.
If you’re involved with any kind of real estate investment or holdings, you’ve no doubt heard the term “capitalization rate,” or its shorter version of “cap rate.” Cap rates are used by real estate investors, owners, and others involved in the industry because it helps them understand the relationship between a property’s value, and the net operating income it generates. Let’s unpack these terms, and then learn about the cap rate formula.
The Oxford Language Dictionary defines risk management as “the forecasting and evaluation of financial risks together with the identification of procedures to avoid or minimize their impact." That makes sense; investors routinely incorporate risk management into their decision-making process. Part of the task involves determining how much risk is acceptable (risk tolerance) since some people are willing to risk more in pursuit of a greater potential reward.
Since real estate investors don’t have crystal balls they can consult when considering which properties merit their investment capital, they turn to cap rates instead.
This article was written by Realized Founder and CEO David Wieland and originally appeared on MarketWatch. You can find the full article here. In our experience, real estate investment properties aren’t typically managed with the same discipline as traditional asset classes. Generally accepted and standardized measures of traditional asset risks don’t exist in real estate, and there is no framework for evaluating real estate risk. However, there are risk attributes with which you should familiarize yourself.
Risk is an inherent aspect of investing – there’s no way to separate the uncertainty of making investment decisions from their potential to go astray and negatively affect your investment capital. Risk mitigation is about creating strategies that can potentially reduce your exposure to risk.