Deal Analysis – Fourplex in Westminster, CO Opportunity Zone

Chris Lopez purchased this Westminster fourplex in a 1031 exchange from an out of state property. Chris and the seller worked together so they could have a closing time favorable to both parties. It was very much a “win-win” transaction. The property was attractive to Chris, because it was renovated which should keep maintenance and capital expenditures low for many years. Higher cap rates could have been achieved with four individual condos, but keeping it simple with one transaction to minimize potential 1031 issues was ideal.

I purchased this Westminster fourplex in a 1031 exchange from an out of state property. The seller and I worked together so they could have a closing time favorable to both parties. It was very much a “win-win” transaction. The property was attractive to me, because it was renovated which should keep maintenance and capital expenditures low for many years. Higher cap rates could have been achieved with four individual condos, but keeping it simple with one transaction to minimize potential 1031 issues was ideal.

This property closed in Q3 2019.

Investor Profile

  • Buy and hold investor with the goal of buying at least one property a year.
  • This property met the criteria he was looking for:
    • In the Denver metro
    • Above a 6% cap rate
    • Turnkey (minimal to no work)

Three Learning Options!
  1. Listen to the podcast “#159: Deal Analysis – Fourplex in Westminster, CO Opportunity Zone” on the Denver Real Estate Investing Podcast
  2. Watch the YouTube video (at the bottom.)
  3. Read the blog post. Note, the blog is an executive summary. Get the in-depth breakdown from the podcast or video.

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Investment Property Details

  • Type: Multiunit
  • 4 units
    • 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom
  • Location: Westminster, 72nd Ave between Federal and Sheridan
  • List Price: $875,000
  • Purchase Price: $850,000
  • Why we liked it:
    • Complete rehab (new sewer, plumbing, windows, etc), not just cosmetic
    • Located in opportunity zone
    • In unit washer/dryer
    • Townhouse style units
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Fourplex in Westminster, CO Opportunity Zone near W 72nd Ave and Lowell Blvd.

Property Contract Details

  • Finding the property: Before listing my relinquished property in Reno, NV, I started hunting for a replacement property due to the 1031 exchange timelines. I found this through his network.
  • Under contract: Below ask. Four month contract time frame to make timing favorable. Contract deadlines passed before the 45 day ID window so both parties were committed and earnest money was hard.
  • Inspection Concerns: None
  • Inspection negotiation outcome: None

Property Financing Details

  • Lender: Conventional
  • Loan Type: 25% down, 30 yr fixed at 5.25%
  • Appraisal: First appraisal came in $170,000 low! Junk appraisal. Second appraisal came in above contract price.
  • Seller Concessions: 0
  • PMI: None
  • Interest Rate Buy Down?: Yes

Spreadsheet Rental Analysis

Multifamily Deal Analysis spreadsheet
Multifamily Deal Analysis spreadsheet
Multifamily Deal Analysis spreadsheet

Property Operating Expenses

Property Operating Expenses analysis spreadsheet

First Year Returns

first-year returns on multifamily rental

Conclusion

The fourplex worked out great as a replacement property in a 1031 exchange. No capital gains taxes were paid!

The underwriting is conservative. The first few years should cash flow closer to $1,000/mo with lower repairs. It’s always good to be more conservative than not!

In Q2 of 2020, I took advantage of lower mortgage rates to refinance from a 5.25% to a 3.625% rate. Since it was within one year, the lender could to a “Drive-by appraisal” for a reduced appraisal fee. I brought about $11,000 to closing for the refinance. The refinance saves $600/mo in mortgage expenses! It’ll increase the cash flow by an additional $7,000+/yr. It’s less than a two year breakeven period. One of the great things about real estate investing is the ability to refinance properties to pull out equity or increase cash flow.

Video: Deal Analysis – Fourplex in Westminster, CO Opportunity Zone

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Chris Lopez
Chris Lopez is a Denver area real estate entrepreneur and investor, as well as the host of Bigger Pockets’ House Hackerz and the Denver Real Estate Investing Podcast.
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