Deal Analysis – A Dedicated House Hacker in Colorado Springs
This deal analysis profiles first time home buyer and investor Jeremy Babin. He knew he wanted a property that would allow him to use the house hacking method to build wealth. It took a few showings with our agent Leah to nail down exactly what he wanted, but now that he’s found it, he’s implementing his plan to an impressive degree. Listen to the podcast to find out how Jeremy plans to push rents and force equity.
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Investor Profile 

  • First time real estate buyer and investor 
  • Wanted a property that would allow him to use the house hacking method

Long Term Real Estate Investing Goals 

  • $1500 a month cash flow by 2025

Strategy for Achieving Goals 

  • He will be using house hacking to purchase a second house hack in a couple of years.

Investment Property Details 

Deal Overview 

  • 4 bedroom 2 bathroom single family house 
  • Located in the Pinehurst area of Colorado Springs, close to the airport and new Amazon warehouse 
4 bedroom 2 bath house hack in Colorado Springs
4 bedroom 2 bath house hack in Colorado Springs near new Amazon warehouse and Airport
4 bedroom 2 bath single family rental near Airport and new Amazon warehouse

Appealing Features of the Property 

  • Great house hacking opportunity that allows Jeremy to maximize his rental income. 
  • The house features a large downstairs family room that Jeremy is partitioning off with drywall to create a separate sleeping area for himself.  This will allow him to rent out all 4 bedrooms.

Sourcing 

  • Denver MLS: the property fell out of contract, so we moved quickly and got a showing as soon as possible.

Property Contract Details 

Inspection Issues 

  • The inspection found that the radon was high.  We were able to negotiate a $1,500 seller concession initially, but during phase two negotiations, we amended this concession for a lower purchase price.

General Notes 

  • This property was listed for $300K and had previously fallen out of contract at the financing stage, so we were able to get the recent appraisal from the listing agent.  That appraisal came in at $311K, so that’s what we offered.  
  • When the appraisal was done the second time, it came in lower, at $307K.  We were able to renegotiate by removing the concession from the inspection in exchange for lowering the purchase price to the appraisal value.  
  • The lender exuded a lot of confidence, which reassured the seller and listing agent that there wouldn’t be a repeat of the previous failed contract.

Property Financing Details

Stabilization 

Plan vs Reality

  • Jeremy’s original plan for repairing the home was to spend about $5K installing a radon system, AC, and some light rehabbing.  
  • However, he also wants to push the room rents and force equity, so he’s now spending about $13K to fix up the vacant rooms by painting, adding flooring, and redoing the bathrooms.

Interesting Points 

  • Jeremy was able to immediately rent out two of the bedrooms to roommates from his previous living situation.  After fixing up the other two bedrooms, he was able to find renters for those rooms, as well.
  • He is self-managing the property and doesn’t have any HOA costs, so he’s estimating repairs and maintenance at 8%.  
  • His current monthly rental income is $2300, putting him at $300 a month positive cashflow after expenses.  

Spreadsheet Analysis 

Colorado Springs dedicated house hacker Deal Analysis spreadsheet

Notes regarding monthly rents: 2 tenants brought with him. $500 x 2. Fixing up master = $700. Rent 4th bedroom = $600

Property Operating Expenses 

Property Operating Expenses analysis spreadsheet Colorado Springs dedicated house hacker

First Year Returns 

First year returns analysis spreadsheet colorado springs dedicated house hacker

Immediate Goals and Plans for the Property

Continue rehabbing the home to push rents and force equity. 

Exit Strategy/Long Term Plan 

He’s going to continue to rehab the house little by little with the positive cash flow he’s getting from his rental income.  In the next couple of years, he plans on renting out the entire home as either a single family or rent by room setup.  He’s hoping to purchase another property he can similarly fix up and rent out using house hacking.  

Conclusion

Jeremy was able to implement his investing plan by looking at different properties and figuring out exactly what he wanted.  By fully committing to the house hacking method, he’s already cashflow positive and well on his way toward buying his next property.  There were some hiccups throughout the process, but by being flexible and organized, we were able to get our client started on his house hacking journey.  

If you are interested in investing in Colorado Springs, contact us to get you oriented and help create a strategy:  

Jenny Bayless: Jenny@EnvisionREA.com, 719-649-4478

Interested in checking out more Colorado Springs rental properties? Find more Colorado Springs Rental Property Analyses here.

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Jenny Bayless is an investor-friendly agent with Envision Advisors, Colorado real estate investor, and the host of the Colorado Springs Real Estate Investing podcast.
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