# Calculating Property Rental Yield

### Written by: Sr. KC Law, Principal & Valuer at Action Real Estate & Valuers

One of the core determinant factor in choosing the right property to invest in for cash flow gains is by calculating the property rental yield. It is used to determine how much return on investment can be made from forking out the price of the property. Why is this important? Because calculating rental yield can tell an investor if the investment on a particular property is worth it, or how expensive that property is with respect to its potential returns. The gross rental yield is simply calculated by the total gross annual rental divided by the price of the property multiplied by 100%. Do bear in mind that the price of the property should also include all other expenses associated with the purchase of the property, i.e. stamp duty, sales and purchase agreement fees, valuation fees, and also renovation costs.

## Gross Rental Yield = Annual rent  /  Price of property  x  100 %

In addition to that, if you are making a calculation for a high rise condominium, there would also likely be maintenance fee which is borne by the landlord. Hence to accurately calculate the net rental yield, one should subtract any cost involved with the unit. (for eg. tax, insurance, sinking fund)

## Net Rental Yield = Annual rent – costs (eg maintenance fees)  / Price of property x 100 %

In view of property prices that have increased over the last 2 years, it is getting harder and harder to find a property with a rental yield that can cover your monthly installment. (sucks, I know!). Most investors would generally set the cut of point of about 5% rental yield. These days, a rental yield of about > or = 3% is already pretty good! If you’d like to find out how to improve your rental yield, read here.

If you have not already noticed, the bottom line is, rental yield is greatly dependent on the price of the property! If you happen to chance upon a property that is below market value and in a fantastic location. What are you still waiting for?

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