Where Can I Cash Flow in Colorado? Hint: It’s Pueblo
Is it still possible to cash flow with high interest rates? This deal analysis looks at a recently purchased single family home in Pueblo being used as a long term rental. We ran the numbers with a 6.5% interest rate to see if this deal still works.

How are high interest rates affecting returns? Our deal analysis today looks at a single family home in Pueblo recently purchased as a long term rental. The buyers were able to get a loan of 5.625%, so I ran the analysis using the current interest rate at the time of recording–6.5%. 

Rates have gone up since, but this is a great example of the opportunities Pueblo has to offer.

Three Learning Options!
  1. Listen to the podcast “#107: Where Can I Cash Flow in Colorado? Hint: It’s Pueblo” on the Colorado Springs 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.

Investor Profile

These clients are a young couple who currently live in the Denver area.  They house hack their primary residence and wanted to expand their rental portfolio while saving up for their next home.  Their plan is to replicate this strategy every one to two years while acquiring supplemental rental properties.

They worked with investor friendly agent Leah Keeling, our residential Pueblo expert.

Investment Property Details

This is a 2 bedroom/1 bathroom single family home located in the southwest part of the city.  Although it was built in 1900, it’s been recently remodeled.

Property Contract Details

The clients started looking at properties last spring, when the market was very hot.  They had to be competitive with their offer in order to land the property.

Contract

The home was listed at $149K, and they came in at $155K with limited inspection objection.  That meant they would only object to items that cost $1500 or more.

Inspection Issues

The inspection went well, and they didn’t end up objecting to anything.  Because the home was remodeled, they only found minor items they would fix on their own.

Property Financing Details

I used the Rental Property Spreadsheet to run the numbers on this property.

Property Overview

Pueblo Single Family Home Property Overview spreadsheet Screenshot

You may notice the initial repair cost of $3K, even though the inspection didn’t find anything major.  Unfortunately, after the clients closed on the property, they found a leak between the meter and the house that cost $2500 to fix.  These things happen sometimes, which is why reserves are so important.

The extra $500 is to repair railings on the front and back porches.

Property Operating Expenses

Pueblo Single Family Home Monthly Operating Expenses spreadsheet Screenshot

The clients are using a property manager since they live in Denver and wanted a property they could set and forget. 

First Year Returns

Pueblo Single Family Home First Year Returns spreadsheet Screenshot

They are getting an annual cash flow of $1246 with a cap rate of almost 6%.  This fits the bill for many investors who aim to get $100 per month in cash flow. 

If we run the numbers with today’s 6.5% interest rate, we can see that it’s still a good deal.  The cap rate stays the same, though the cash flow drops to $459.  Having a cash flow positive property with such a high interest rate is impressive. 

Conclusion

This is a great long term investment and shows that Pueblo has solid opportunities even in today’s economy.  There’s a good chance rents will rise in this area, and there’s always an option to refinance into a lower rate down the road. 

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High Interest Rates Don’t Mean Giving Up on Cash Flow

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Jenny Bayless
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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