Investment Property Rental Yield Calculators

(last updated 1/04/2014)

Understanding Rental Yield can be helpful in researching the purchase of an investment property.

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 Rental Property Yield:

A gross rent yield of between 5.5% and 6.5% would be considered good. Below that I would be looking for a good reason to purchase the property. Other considerations can include location or potential growth that may deserve more consideration than yield alone.

Calculating the rental yield for a prospective investment property is fairly simple. There are a couple of different scenarios that can be used in arriving at rental yields:


Gross rental yield:

Weekly rent amount: $330 ($17160 per annum)
Purchase price: $284000

Gross Rental Yield ==> 17160 / 284000 = .06 or 6%.

Gross rental yield and tax benefits:

A variation on this formula could include taxation benefits, which will account for deductions that can vary between properties - for example, a new property would have substantially more depreciation than an older property and tax rates can vary between different property investors.

Assuming large depreciation claim:
Weekly rent amount: $400 ($20800 per annum)
Tax Savings $8000 (assuming big depreciation claims)
Purchase price: $440000

Gross Rental Yield ==> (20800+8000 / 440000 = .065 or 6.5%.

Assuming small depreciation claim:
Weekly rent amount: $330 ($17160 per annam)
Tax savings $3000 (assuming small depreciation claim)
Purchase price: $284000

Gross Rental Yield ==> (17160+3000) / 284000 = .07 or 7%.

Cash-on-cash Rental Yield:

Monthly Rental Amount $2,400.00
Percent of Year Unoccupied 5%
Take out for Vacancy for Annual Cash In of $27,360.00

Property Acquisition Cost $300,000.00
Less Down Payment - Cash In $60,000.00
Amount of the loan $240,000.00

Payment Monthly Principal/Interest $1,556.64
Annual Insurance Cost $1,200.00
Annual Taxes $1,400.00
Annual Repairs Budget $600.00
Percent of Rent Mgmt Fee of 6%
These expenses total to Annual Cash Out of $23,521.28

Income of $27,360 minus cost of $23,521 = $3839 cash return over cash out

$3839 divided by cash investment of $60,000 = Cash-on-cash Rental Yield of 6.4%

Rental yields can be very helpful in comparing different purchasing options. You can also include other variations such as occupancy rates etc.

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