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How to Underwrite a Real Estate Investment

Real estate investing can be a lucrative way to grow your wealth, but it’s not without risks. One of the keys to success in real estate investing is the ability to underwrite investment opportunities effectively.

What is underwriting?

Underwriting is the process of analyzing a real estate investment opportunity to determine whether it is a good fit for your investment goals and risk tolerance. In this tutorial, we’ll explore the 6 steps you can take to underwrite a real estate investment opportunity.

Step 1: Evaluate the Market

Before you can underwrite a real estate investment opportunity, you need to evaluate the market. This involves researching the local real estate market to determine the demand for properties in the area, the current pricing trends, and the overall health of the market. You’ll also want to consider the potential for future growth or decline in the market.

Step 2: Analyze the Property

Once you have a sense of the market, you can start analyzing the property itself. This involves looking at factors such as the property’s location, size, and condition. You’ll also want to consider any potential zoning restrictions or other legal considerations that could impact the property’s value.

Step 3: Determine the Income Potential

Once you have a sense of the property’s value, you need to determine its income potential. This involves analyzing the property’s potential rental income or resale value. You’ll want to consider factors such as the local rental market, the property’s rental history (if applicable), and the potential for future rent increases.

Step 4: Consider the Costs

In addition to the property’s income potential, you’ll also need to consider the costs associated with owning and operating the property. This includes factors such as property taxes, insurance, maintenance and repairs, and any other expenses related to the property.

Step 5: Calculate the Return on Investment

Once you have a clear sense of the property’s income potential and costs, you can calculate the return on investment (ROI). This involves determining the expected annual cash flow from the property, subtracting the operating expenses, and dividing the result by the total investment.

Step 6: Evaluate the Risks

Finally, it’s important to evaluate the risks associated with the investment opportunity. This includes both the risks associated with the property itself (such as potential vacancy or repairs) as well as broader market risks (such as a decline in the local real estate market). You’ll want to consider the likelihood of these risks and the potential impact on your investment.


Underwriting a real estate investment opportunity is a complex process that requires careful analysis and consideration of a wide range of factors. By following these steps, you can improve your chances of making informed investment decisions that align with your goals and risk tolerance. Remember, investing always comes with risks, so make sure to do your due diligence and consult with professionals as needed.

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John holds four degrees (law, hotel management, literature & computer science, and theater), two decades of technical education, and has 30 years of extensive work experience in the fields of real estate property valuation, mortgage finance, home sales, teaching, and military service. John is the founder and Broker-Owner of Coleman Tanner Realty 🏡 in Florida. As a writer, John has been self-publishing books since 2012. His latest nonfiction book, The Entrefluential Broker, is a DIY guide to launching your own real estate brokerage business. John’s forthcoming book, STR Conversions, will inform real estate investors of how to quadruple their rental income via his new “hotel hacking” strategy. He plans on taking his lessons to online and offline speaking stages to share his tactics with investors in the second half of 2022. To discuss speaking engagements and workshops, interested parties can send inquiries to In addition to writing, John has a love for filmmaking that began while studying theater at Miami-Dade College in 1994. John plans on overseeing the shooting of an in-house “reality tv” show for his real estate practice, Coleman Tanner Realty. 🎬 John also aspires to executive produce independent films that will be a hybrid of the film noir + murder mystery genre and something new, futuristic, and aesthetically appealing to modern day film enthusiasts (think, anime in real life meets Sherlock Holmes). He also enjoys romantic comedies and Hallmark dramas; he wrote a romantic novella, Faithfully, available on Amazon (under the pen name of Jack Morgan) - so stay tuned for romance films as well. When he’s not 🖥 online studying film production, AirBnB, real estate, online marketing, or watching movies and his favorite TV shows on Netflix or the tube 📺 for inspiration. 🎼 John also enjoys playing the guitar 🎸 and piano 🎹 in his free time.