Case Study | Single-Family Rental in Chicago

A Case Study by PIP Realty Group | Real Estate Services: Delivered

Actual Sale Price:

Projected Yearly
Income: $18,624

Projected Yearly Expenses: ($7,694)

Projected Yearly
NOI: $10,930

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Chicago single-family homes continue to be a top producing asset while remaining accessible to investors at relatively low prices. This makes it attractive to new investors as an ideal first step and to institutional investors in larger quantities, as a portfolio. This case study takes a look at a singled out single-family deal that PIP Realty Group brokered in early 2020.

As a category, single-family homes in Chicago make up roughly a quarter of the total housing stock. This is not expected to rise significantly in the next decade, which will lead to steady demand and stable appreciation, especially at price levels below $250,000.

PIP Realty Group offers real estate investors access to cash-flow producing single-family assets with built in property management. We are a group of Chicago natives who believe in building a better Chicago. Our model is to locate distressed housing assets in low and mid-income areas, invest in these properties, stabilize them with high-quality tenants and offer these tenanted-properties as cash-flowing assets to long-term hold orientated investors.

Our combination of expertise in residential development and management produce higher than average CAP rates, when compared to our national sister-cities. Let’s take a look at the numbers.

How Does It Perform?

Single-Family rentals are a solid source of cash-flow. Outside of the turning cost in between tenants, a single-family rentals are cost-efficient to own, especially after long-term capital improvements have been installed in the property. Long term CAPEX include; a new roof, copper-plumbing, circuit-breaker electric, new furnaces, and appropriately setting up the unit for individual utility meters. Additionally, because there are no common-areas to single-family rentals, expenses are reduced a little further.

Projected Proforma, Income/Expense:MonthlyAnnual
Gross Potential Rent (estimated)$1,552.00$18,624.00
Total Income (estimated)$1,552.00$18,624.00
— Expenses —
Property Taxes – Tax Yr: 2018($125.00)($1,503.00)
Insurance (estimated)($48.00)($581.00)
Property Management Fees (Pct of Gross Rent)($124.00)($1,490.00)
Allowance for Maintenance/Turnover/Vacancy (estimated Pct of Gross Rent)($233.00)($2,794.00)
Water/Sewer (estimated)($100.00)($1,200.00)
Trash Collection (estimated)($11.00)($126.00)
Common Area Utilities (estimated)$0.00$0.00
Common Area Maintenance (estimated)$0.00$0.00
Total Expenses (estimated)($641.00)($7,694.00)
Net Operating Income (estimated)$911.0010,930.00

What Does the Single-Family Market Look Like in Chicago?

Single-family homes in Chicago make up roughly a quarter of the total housing stock. This is not expected to rise significantly in the next decade, which is predicted to supply steady demand and stable appreciation. This is because single-family homes are still the preferred housing stock chosen by people raising families. The chart pictured below shows the median sale price of detached, single-family homes like the one in this case study. This chart reveals how single-family homes have faired throughout the last cycle, in the broader Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.

Compared to the national median sale price, properties in Chicago are currently (Oct, 2020) trading at 9.5% lower than the national median. The national median sale price is ~$315,000 meanwhile, in Chicago, it is ~$285,000.

What Does the Rental Market Look Like in Chicago?

Rental pricing and vacancy has largely kept in pace with the national trends of: 1, low vacancy rates and 2, steadly increasing rents. As of October 2020 the Illinois rental price index has been hovering around 345 compared to the national average of 340. Illinois vacancy rates are historically low, hovering around 7.5% compared to the national average of 5.5%.

The important point these graphs illustrate is that Illinois rental units are attracting a slightly higher rent, compared to the national average and in-line with the national vacancy rate.

Illinois Rental Price Consumer Index & Vacancy Rates

How Do Chicago Housing Compare to Other Markets?

The Illinois housing index shows how the local housing price has been growing and evolving through-out the period that data is available. When compared to other large metro-suburban areas, both established and emerging, the Illinois housing price has a consistent history of stable and predictable growth.

Illinois housing pricing has largely kept pace with the growth of the state’s economy and pricing is not as volatile as other markets during times of economic uncertainty. Housing in Illinois is also significantly more affordable than similar metro-suburban areas in California, New York and Florida. When compared to an emerging housing market, like Texas, it looks like Illinois housing prices are stabilized where Texas is pushing towards a peak.

Illinois House Price Index

Concluding Insights

In conclusion, Illinois single-family income properties provide stable cash-flow at higher than average returns when compared to national alternatives. Additionally, due to the stability of Illinois economy, largely made up of the Chicago metro-suburban area, property values are better shielded during times of uncertainty and economic volatility.

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Disclosure: All proforma financials are projections and estimates only. There are no implied or expressed guarantees of any cash flow projections contained in this document, on our website, or in any links provided. Real estate investments are subject to risk and loss of capital. All construction estimates are subject to change and contract with General Contractor. Any proforma numbers are projections based on historical and estimated data, but future performance cannot be guaranteed as markets and economies shift. It is recommended that buyers set aside reserves for potential vacancies and maintenance repairs. Rents, property taxes, insurance, loan rates, property management, maintenance and vacancy costs all vary depending on micro and macroeconomic factors. Buyers should perform their own due diligence in order to best forecast the potential performance of their rental properties. We recommend that buyers seek appropriate legal, tax & financial advice from suitably qualified professionals before taking any action.