A real estate investor will usually calculate yield on cost to see if a property’s return on investment (ROI) is worth the risk incurred. This important metric called yield on cost is also known as development yield. It helps investors in their deal analysis so that they can avoid making costly mistakes and pursuing deals that are not right for their investment strategy.

Most real estate investors review multiple deals. They use yield on cost to examine different deals in the same location or properties of the same asset class. It is only one of the metrics they use to provide context and make better investment decisions.

An investor may look at a commercial real estate investment and examine its yield on cost so they are no longer making decisions in a vacuum. They get to analyze a more comprehensive picture of the property’s potential ROI.

Some investors may prefer low-risk projects with low yield on cost, while others go for high risk investments with high development yields.

Since investment strategies vary considerably, investors may look at different metrics to assess a potential project, such as market value, yield on cost, etc. Here we will talk about yield on cost and discuss what a stabilized property is.

What is Yield on Cost in Real Estate?

When it comes to evaluating real estate projects and value-add projects, yield on cost calculation is one of the most commonly used methods. Yield on cost can be easily calculated, and it is used as a benchmark for investors who want to see a property’s potential returns.

To calculate yield on cost, all you have to do is divide the net operating income (NOI) by the total project cost. Here is the yield on cost formula:

Yield on Cost = Net Operating Income/Total Project Cost

Generally speaking, a higher yield on cost is better, but this metric is often used comparatively. Real estate investors can calculate a project’s development yield and then compare it with others. By looking at each of them side by side, you can make decisions faster.[1]

We can compare yield on cost with market cap rate. Both of these are important financial metrics. However, they give investors different information about prospective deals.

Market cap rate takes a property’s present market value into account, which creates a benchmark for its value at a specific moment in time. Cap rate is not static, which means it changes over time.

What is Stabilized Net Operating Income in Real Estate?

In real estate, net operating income can determine the profitability of a property. Aside from rental income, you also have vending machines, coin laundry, and paid parking as sources of revenue for the property. Meanwhile, expenses would include insurance, security fees, maintenance fees, etc. You get the net operating income of a certain property by subtracting all the expenses from the revenue. [2]

A property’s net operating income is therefore calculated with this formula:

Net Operating Income = Gross Income-Operating Expenses

Investors may increase net operating income by either increasing their gross income or decreasing their operating expenses.

Meanwhile, stabilized NOI is when income is projected and expenses are subtracted, but the result has been adjusted to stable operating expenses. There are cases in which this provides a more accurate reflection of a property’s profitability. For example, if a property received significant damage due to a storm and it had to be renovated, then this means its current revenue would be zero because renters may have had to move out during this period. At the same time, the property would have incurred extensive expenses.

But instead of allowing this temporary situation to affect the NOI, stabilized NOI can provide a more accurate picture of its actual profitability by using historical patterns and other equal properties. This will project what kind of income that property should be generating and what the expenses would really look like. [2]

What is a Stabilized Real Estate Investment?

For real estate investors, stabilized assets are attractive—but what are stabilized assets in the first place? In real estate, stabilized properties are assets in which construction or renovation has been completed. It also means the real estate property has reached a certain occupancy rate, and that it achieves a strong NOI that is capable of supporting debt service. [3]

Generally, a stabilized property is one that has reached an occupancy rate of over 90% of the total units. These stabilized assets are ideal for investors and even lenders because they have no risk of delays due to construction or work stoppages.

A non-stabilized asset is a property that is still under construction. However, a newly constructed building that just started renting out its units is also a non-stabilized asset since it has not yet reached the ideal occupancy rate. It will become a stabilized asset once it reaches this threshold and once its rents achieve market rates that allow it to support the property’s debt service. [3]

A commercial property that is undergoing construction is a non-stabilized asset, while an apartment complex with a high occupancy rate is considered stabilized. Investors consider stabilization crucial because it can guarantee a more consistent cash flow.

Investing in Multifamily Real Estate Syndication​

Stabilized assets have less perceived risk due to the fact that they have no risk of delays or other added expenses. However, most investors know that lower perceived risk is also generally associated with lower returns. As such, stabilized assets may produce lower potential returns for real estate investors.

There is an alternative way for investors to invest in real estate and produce higher returns without going through all the hassle of owning a real estate asset.<

Normally, when you purchase a property, you have to take care of it yourself and make sure it is profitable. This involves a lot of effort and hard work on the part of investors. You have to play role of landlord, collecting rent, handling tenant concerns, dealing with emergencies, paying for repairs and maintenance costs, etc.

Real estate syndication solves a lot of these problems. A syndication deal is a group investment, meaning multiple real estate investors pool their resources together to purchase a single real estate asset. [4]

With this setup, you can invest in large real estate properties that you normally wouldn’t be able to due to the purchase price. This means investors can put their money into large multifamily properties without having to spend their entire fortune. Apartment complexes and condominiums become accessible to more investors. Do keep in mind that most syndication deals are only accessible to people who are considered accredited investors.

While real estate syndication can be done for almost any type of real estate asset, multifamily properties are the best for it due to a number of reasons. Multifamily properties are large and expensive, meaning most investors would hesitate to buy them on their own. Real estate syndication solves that problem by having multiple investors participate.

Multifamily properties also generate a strong and consistent cash flow, making them an excellent source of passive income.

Syndication deals in real estate are arranged by a syndicator who serves as the General Partner. They locate a real estate property, put the deal together, secure the loan, and look for accredited investors who will participate in the syndication and provide most of the capital needed to buy it. [4]

Investors play a passive role in this deal, becoming Limited Partners. One of the biggest advantages of multifamily syndication is the fact that investors have no responsibility over the property. The syndicator will handle property management, meaning you do not have to become a landlord.

This is the best way to participate in real estate investing without having to put up with the usual headaches associated with it.

Multifamily syndications are legally formed as LLCs (Limited Liability Companies) or LPs (Limited Partnerships).

Why Work with BAM Capital for Multifamily Real Estate Syndication​

With a real estate syndication deal, investors can spend more energy on important tasks rather than allow one investment property to take up all their time. Multifamily syndication is much less time-consuming compared to other investments.

Investors earn a share of the monthly cash flow in real estate syndication, as well as a percentage of the interest once the deal is done and the apartment building is resold. However, this will depend on the syndication’s specific deal structure. Every syndication deal is different.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of real estate investing without the usual headaches, work with BAM Capital. This vertically-integrated real estate syndicator can handle every stage of the syndication process for accredited investors. [5]

BAM Capital is an Indianapolis-based syndicator with a strong Midwest focus, an award-winning syndication strategy that mitigates investor risk, and a consistent track record. BAM Capital’s approach to syndication helps to mitigate risk and create forced appreciation.

The company prioritizes Class A, A-, and B++ properties, using its unmatched local expertise and knowledge to find and develop the best multifamily real estate properties. They will negotiate the purchasing and financing of the property on behalf of accredited investors. [5]

BAM Capital doesn’t just set up syndication deals. Thanks to BAM Construction and BAM Management, the company can make renovations that improve property value and also improve tenant experience.

BAM Capital now has $700 million AUM and 5,000+ units. The track record speaks for itself. But remember, no investment is without risk. Make sure to consult your investment advisor or speak to a BAM Capital investment team member before making any financial decisions.

Accredited investors can work with BAM Capital and start investing today. [5]