Discounted Cash Flow Analysis for Real Estate

4 Easy Steps

Determine the Holding Period

Set the number of years between purchase and expected sale of the asset.


Estimate Cash Flow

Make a forecast of the expected cash flows from operations for each year during the holding period.


Estimate Sale Proceeds

Enter the expected sale proceeds after closing costs to be received in the final year of the holding period.


Select Discount Rate

This is the required rate of return, or the return that could be generated by an alternative investment with the same amount of risk.

What is a Cap Rate?

Cap rate is an abbreviation for capitalization rate and there are a few different ways to calculate it.

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