Oops! Sorry!!

This site doesn't support Internet Explorer. Please use a modern browser like Chrome, Firefox or Edge.

Join Us

April 16, 2024

How to Underwrite a Multifamily Deal

The multifamily market offers enticing returns, but navigating it requires a keen eye and a strategic approach. Underwriting, the process of analyzing a deal's financial viability, is your key to unlocking profitable investments. This guide will equip you with the knowledge and steps to confidently underwrite your next multifamily deal. This guide is created from the talk of Nick Boden of Elevate REM when he appeared on Northwest Arkansas Commercial Real Estate Meet Up.

Step 1: Unearthing Opportunity
Great deals often hide behind motivated sellers. Look for developers eager to move on, owners nearing retirement, or partnerships facing disagreements. These situations can present you with attractive opportunities to acquire properties at a fair price.

Step 2: Building a Winning Business Plan
• Open Communication is Key: Early and frequent communication with the property manager is crucial. They possess invaluable insights into the property's operations and historical performance.
• Budgeting for Success: Involve construction teams to develop a realistic Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) budget. This helps you accurately predict renovation costs and factor them into your overall investment plan.
• Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future: Compare past property performance to your envisioned improvements. This will help you identify areas for operational efficiency and project the financial impact of your plan.

Step 3: Structuring for Long-Term Stability
• Avoiding the Flip Mentality: Underwrite deals conservatively. This ensures you don't end up needing to refinance quickly due to unforeseen circumstances.
• Debt Harmony: Align your debt structure with your exit strategy. Whether you plan to sell or refinance, choose loan terms that complement your long-term goals.
• Partner Power: Ensure clear roles and responsibilities for all partners involved. This minimizes disagreements and fosters a collaborative environment.

High-Level Underwriting: Making Smart Decisions Quickly

The multifamily market thrives on volume. Here's how to efficiently analyze a high number of deals:
• Rapid Market Assessment:
Quickly review deals based on location, price, and basic information to identify promising opportunities.
• The Power of One: Develop a one-page spreadsheet to model historical operations, stabilized Net Operating Income (NOI), and capitalization rates (cap rates). This allows for a quick financial overview.

Bonus Tips
• Second Chances: Don't discard deals you initially passed on. Market conditions can change, making them attractive later.
• Leveraging Expertise: Utilize brokers. Their market knowledge and seller relationships can be invaluable assets.
• Understanding Class: Consider the property class (e.g., A, B, C) as it impacts risk and return profiles.

Beyond the Spreadsheet: A Deeper Dive

While financial modeling is crucial, it's just one piece of the puzzle:
• Brick-and-Mortar Check-Up: Conduct a thorough property inspection to identify potential maintenance issues that could affect future costs.
• Legal and Environmental Due Diligence: Ensure a clean title by performing legal and environmental reviews. This mitigates potential risks down the line.

Multifamily deals demand smarts. Underwriting, the financial analysis, is your key. Find motivated sellers and build a data-driven plan with experts. Structure for stability with conservative underwriting and a smart debt strategy. Analyze deals quickly with a one-page financial model. Leverage brokers and consider property class. Remember, inspections and legal reviews are crucial. This guide gives you the basics, but for complex deals, seek professional help. Conquer multifamily with confidence!

Micy Liu
Managing Partner of Life Mission Capital
Fund Manager of Freedom Growth Fund [email protected]

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is from sources believed to be reliable, however no representation by the Sponsors, either expressed or implied, is made as to the accuracy of any information on this property and all investors should conduct their own research to determine the accuracy of any statements made. Nothing in this message should be interpreted as a digital or electronic signature that can be used to authenticate a contract or legal document. The information presented in this guide should not be used as the sole basis of any investment decisions, nor is it intended to be used as advice with respect to the advisability of investing in, purchasing or selling securities, nor should it be construed as advice designed to meet the investment needs of any particular person or entity or any specific investment situation. Nothing in this email constitutes legal, accounting or tax advice or individually tailored advice. The reader of this guide assumes responsibility for conducting its own due diligence and assumes full responsibility of any investment decisions.

Disclosure of Interests:

Nothing on this website is intended to provide tax, legal, or investment advice. You should consult your business advisor, attorney, or tax and accounting advisor regarding your specific business, legal or tax situation. All pictures shown in this document are for illustration purpose to show the type of properties that LIFE MISSION CAPITAL invests into and are not current offerings.

No Offer of Securities:
Under no circumstances should any material on this site be used or considered as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy an interest in any investment. Any such offer or solicitation will be made only using the Confidential Private Offering Memorandum relating to the particular investment. Access to information about the investments is limited to investors who either qualify as accredited investors within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended or those investors who generally are sophisticated in financial matters, such that they are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of prospective investments.


Life Mission Capital.com reserves all copyright and intellectual property rights to the content, information and data within this site. The contents within Life Mission Capital.com may not be modified, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted (in any form or by any means) or used in any other way for commercial or public purposes without the prior written consent of Life Mission Capital.com. The recipient agrees to keep the contents of this site confidential and use it solely for personal use.