Turn Key Real Estate Investing At A Glance

Are turn key rentals the right real estate investment for you? Turn key rentals have been rehabbed and have a qualified renter in place paying rent the day you take ownership. These also typically have a property management company in place to take care of the day-to-day operations and keep renters in the house. Turn key rentals do make everything easier for you as an investor but of course, your return on investment is likely to be lower. At least in the early years.

When Turn Key Investing Makes Sense

If you’re getting into real estate investing as a full time professional, turn key investing probably doesn’t make sense in most cases. However, if you already have a full time job and family but want the investment security that a real estate investment presents, a turn key investment can be the right decision for you.

A turn key rental does cost more than a do it yourself fixer up because the property has been professionally rehabbed. You don’t need to deal with contractors or spend your weekends doing the work yourself. Still, I’ve seen turn key rentals that provide an annual rate of return between 12.29% and 17.48%. Not bad for an investment that is fully secured by real estate.

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Another time a turn key investment makes sense is when investing in property in your local area doesn’t make financial sense. With almost all major metro areas seeing substantial increases in property values the past couple of years, it might not make sense to invest in a rental at your location. However, don’t write them off too quickly. Rents have gone up substantially in these areas as well. Always perform due diligence on multiple scenarios before investing your hard earned cash. When your local market doesn’t offer the best return, you can look for better markets all across the country for the best investment opportunities. When you find a turn key investment offering a better return on investment than managing property in your local area, it definitely makes sense to have professionals earning money for you.

Your Positive Cash Flow

The biggest advantage to a turn key real estate investment is that you have positive cash flow beginning day one. A $50,000 turn key investment earning a 15% annual return will put an extra $7,500 into your bank account or retirement account each month. You might want to consider investing through a self-directed IRA or 401k to boost the earnings of your retirement account tax-free.

But always look at the worst case scenario. Your rental will become vacant from time to time. With a quality property management company this shouldn’t happen very often. Especially in today’s marketplace when more people are renting than buying. A well qualified renter is likely to give ample notice he or she is moving out so that your property manager can have a new renter moving in right away without a gap in rent collection.

However, it’s possible that a renter moves out without notice and leaves the house a mess. If it takes two weeks to get the house back into rentable condition, here is what you can expect a $50,000 investment to cost you. It all depends on the individual circumstances of the cash flow rental. If you own the house out right, a temporary vacancy won’t cost much. About $93 in taxes, $50 for insurance, $80 for property management, and $75 for utilities. That comes to $298 each month your rental is vacant or $596 if it’s vacant for two months.

If your looking for a low risk, low management real estate investment, turn key rentals may be for you. Please leave a comment if this article was helpful or if you have a question.

PhotoAuthor bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 25 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest in the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.


  1. Interesting read

    • Brian Kline says:

      Thanks, I hope you come back often for more about real estate.
      Brian Kline