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How to Invest in Vacation Rental Property in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida

Scenario #2


30% Cash on Cash Return
With 30% Down on a 6% Mortgage

Coral Ridge Triplex with Pool
NE Fort Lauderdale Location
Close to Beach
One 2/1, Two 1/1s
Pool Recently Refinished
Repairs & Remodel Required

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We've put together some "Ball Park" Scenarios using sample Properties, consulting with Rene and Matty from iTrip Fort Lauderdale about projected rent and occupancy. Hopefully, these will assist you in getting a handle on the numbers.

Please be aware these are ball park estimates based upon our "best guess" professional opinion, may not necessarily be based upon the "Industry Standard" 60% average annual rental rate, but what we estimate, which will differ from property to property. In addition, there is no way of knowing exactly what any projected property might require in repairs, renovation or design to maximize your investment. We will assist you, getting the best numbers possible through your due diligence period, however, the actual projections for any specific property will be up to you to determine.

These numbers are computed using an Occupancy Rate of 70%. Again, we project a property near the beach in one of the better neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale will be a little above average in terms of demand.

Estimated Income Property Financials


(Occupancy Rate 70%)



Estimated Repairs & Remodel


Total Investment



One 2/2

(Estimated 36.4 Weeks @ 2,884 per)


Two 1/1s

(Estimated 36.2 Weeks @ 1,097)


Estimated Gross



iTrip Management Fee (25%)


Effective Gross



Estimated Property Expenses

Property Taxes (Estimated)


Insurance (Estimated)






Electric (Est. 500 per month)


Water (Est. 200 per month)


Estimated Expenses



Estimated NOI



Estimated Cash on Cash Return


Projections above are for Cash Deal. Obviously. We don't know what down payment you plan to post, what your interest rate may be. Depends upon the loan you might qualify for. For an investment property you might be required to put at least 30% Down. In this example that would be $294,000. An Interest Rate of 6% on the balance of $686,000 adds up to $41,160, lowers the estimated NOI to $88,550 per annum. An estimated "Cash on Cash Return" of 30%, versus a Cap Rate of 12.5%.

30% Down Payment


Estimated Repairs & Remodel


Total Cash Investment



Effective Gross


Estimated Expenses


Debt Service

(6.0% Interest on $686,000)



Estimated NOI


Don't Forget to Add In Property Appreciation


In 2021 Average Sale Price for a SFR in Fort Lauderdale
went up 36.2%


Median Price increased 20%


And 19% in 2020

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Fine Print


This is a "Sample" Scenario. How much you can actually get in rent for any property will depend upon the location, the features (pool, hot tub, waterfront, etc.) and the condition of the property, and can only be estimated at this point. There are a number of resources you can utilize to determine your own estimates, and we suggest you do so before entering into any contract.

In addition, there is no way of knowing exactly what any projected property might require in repairs, renovation or design to maximize your investment. The ulltimate decision of how much money to put into any particular property is up to you, of course, but that may affect how much rent you can receive.

The "Tourist Taxes" for the State of Florida (6%), Broward County (6%), and the Tourist (1%) are not included in these numbers because they are collected by the Booking Website when the property is Booked. As part of their services, iTrip pays these taxes to the appropriate entity.

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