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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the "Analyze" feature?

A. Our patent-pending flagship tool, eRealAnalyzer™, can be used to analyze a single property or a group of properties. This application provides an easy-to-use, intuitive "starting point" for analysis. If you were to use a spreadsheet or another software program to analyze a potential property for purchase, you would have to manually enter information into the application to get started. Then you would have to manually modify individual cells or input fields to compare different scenarios or different properties, and you might even have to change the program altogether to consider 5, 10, or 20 year scenarios separately.

With eRealAnalyzer™, all the information required for analysis has been pre-populated already! It's now up to you " just as it would be if you were using a different program " to verify and modify the input assumptions to become comfortable with properties and scenarios that are good purchase opportunities for you.

Q. How much does it cost to use eRealInvestor if I'm an investor?

A. An eRealInvestor membership is $19/month or $99/year which allows you to enter your own properties to analyze and access to all charts and graphs, spreadsheets and more.

It is FREE to search our database of more than 1MM + investment properties nationwide and, if you are an agent, to upload your own properties to our database to attract serious investors.

If you would like to put the Analyze button next to properties on your site, please contact us at partner@erealinvestor.com.

If you would like to sponsor eRealAnalyzer™, or www.erealinvestor.com, to drive additional leads, please email partner@erealinvestor.com.

Q. What is the process for including eRealAnalyzer™ in my website?

A. For specific details on this process, please e-mail us at partner@erealinvestor.com. It takes less than 60 minutes to be up and running with the Analyze button next to properties listed on your site. See a few of our partners who are doing this today

Q. How do I list my properties on eRealInvestor

A. To list a property is simple! Start by registering for an eRealInvestor account by selecting the register option on the eRealInvestor homepage. Once you have registered and logged in, select Add New Property and then enter the required information (noted with an *) about your property. Make sure to select "Yes" to "Publish this property publicly?" on Step 1 of 3.

If you want home-page promotion as a Featured Property, please contact us at partner@erealinvestor.com.

Q. How do I create a side-by-side comparison of properties

A. To perform a side-by-side comparison of properties, first use the Search Properties function to select multiple properties that meet your search criteria, and then click the "Analyze Checked Properties" button to view a detailed analysis of your selected properties.

Also, if you have Saved properties to My Properties (after registering), you can them compare two properties side-by-side.

Q. Does the eRealAnalyzer™ allow me to change my personal tax rate

A. Your personal tax rate is captured during the registration process. This rate is used during the pre-tax and post-tax calculations.

Q. Do the NPV and IRR calculations consider the effect of depreciation recapture at the end of the investment?

A. Yes, NPV and IRR consider depreciation recapture at the time of sale. Also check out our ability to calculate for a 1031 Exchange..

Q. How do I delete listings from my saved properties?

A. In your “My Properties” page, you should see both options next to each listing, Edit and Delete.

Q. How do I use the "Copy to Excel" function?

A. To use the "Copy to Excel" function, first click on Copy to Excel, then manually launch Excel (or equivalent) and perform a Paste.

As always, please feel free to e-mail us at contact@erealinvestor.com. with any additional questions.

Q. How do I cancel my subscription to eRealInvestor?

A. If you are an agent and signed up for eRealAdvantage, email contact@erealinvestor.com to cancel.

If you signed up for a different service, follow the Paypal cancellation instructions here.

Q. How does "Best Match" sort the properties on the search page?

The goal of "Best Match" is to find properties that have the best cashflow and discount to value potential, as well as the most information available (such as a picture, SqFt, BR, BA, etc). We sort the properties according to our best guesses for these characteristics; however, please remember that each property is unique and requires its own due diligence. Furthermore, the assumptions we use may or may not meet an individual buyer's financial criteria.

Q. How do I analyze Quick Flips, Rehab Flips, and Buy and Hold Properties?

Scroll to the bottom on this screen for detailed instructions for each analysis type

Q. What is a Quick Flip and How do I Analyze one?

A Quick Flip is a deal that usually is bought and re-sold within 48 hours. How to set up the Analyzer:

  1. Click the Re-Sell “Purchase Type”
  2. Under “Show Scenarios” uncheck “Moderate” and “Conservative”
  3. On the top move Holding Period down to 1 month (although this shouldn’t matter because analysis will take out any variables that are affected by time
  4. Click Add/Remove Variables
  5. Check the following variables to make them visible a. Tax Accounting b. Commission on Sale c. Selling Costs d. Origination Fee e. Loan Term
  6. In the Input Variables, change Sale Price Driver from “Appreciation” to “Plugged”
  7. Move Vacancy Rate up to 100% because no rent will be collected
  8. Make Property Appreciation zero as this will be an instant flip
  9. Slide all the variables down to zero until the Total Profit graph hits zero
  10. IMPORTANT IF USING A POINTS ONLY LOAN a. Make Loan Type “All Cash” b. If you are paying any points on the loan, add them to the closing cost
  11. IF USING A INTEREST ONLY OR AMORTIZED LOAN a. Adjust the Loan Type and all the characteristics in the respective Input Variables
  12. Adjust any costs accordingly
  13. CLICK VIEW SPREADSHEET TO VIEW THE DEAL IN A DATA TABLE
  14. To view different scenarios side by side a. Check another scenario so it shows up b. Click “Load Values From Scenario” and check Aggressive i. This will duplicate the Aggressive Scenario c. Now modify whatever variable makes this a different scenario d. Compare the graphs at the bottom, see the different spreadsheets
  15. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO SAVE YOUR SCENARIOS AND SAVE PROPERTY TO COME BACK TO IT

Q. How do I Analyze a rehab flip?

The process is similar to a quick flip, but accounts for the time it takes to do the rehab.

  1. Click the Re-Sell “Purchase Type”
  2. Under “Show Scenarios” uncheck “Moderate” and “Conservative” to just show the “Aggressive Scenario”
  3. On the top move Holding Period to how long it will take to rehab and flip the property
  4. Click Add/Remove Variables
  5. Check the following variables to make them visible a. Tax Accounting b. Commission on Sale c. Selling Costs d. Origination Fee e. Loan Term
  6. In the Input Variables, change Sale Price Driver from “Appreciation” to “Plugged”
  7. Move Vacancy Rate up to 100% if the property will be empty during the rehab
  8. Slide all the variables down to zero until the Total Profit graph hits zero
  9. IF USING A INTEREST ONLY OR AMORTIZED LOAN a. Adjust the Loan Type and all the characteristics in the respective Input Variables
  10. Adjust all expenses accordingly a. TIP: Some expenses have either a percent % or a dollar figure $, click it to toggle back and forth
  11. Move property appreciation if you believe there will be appreciation over the rehab period
  12. CLICK VIEW SPREADSHEET TO VIEW THE DEAL IN A DATA TABLE
  13. To view different scenarios side by side a. Check another scenario so it shows up b. Click “Load Values From Scenario” and check Aggressive i. This will duplicate the Aggressive Scenario c. Now modify whatever variable makes this a different scenario d. Compare the graphs at the bottom, see the different spreadsheets
  14. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO SAVE YOUR SCENARIOS AND SAVE PROPERTY TO COME BACK TO IT

Q. How do I market a deal to an investor as a cash flow property?

You can either do this from finding a property, adding a property, or switching a property from "re-sell" mode.

  1. Click Rent Mode
  2. To start, just show one scenario, so uncheck the “Moderate” and “Conservative” Scenario
  3. Adjust the holding period for the amount of time you want to see the analysis for
  4. Click Add/Remove variables to show
  5. Check all variables that need to be accounted for with the property
  6. Modify all the variables in accordance with the Income and Expenses of the property
  7. To create multiple scenarios, check “Moderate” and “Conservative”
  8. To replicate your “Aggressive” analysis, on the “Moderate” scenario, click “Load Values From” and click on “Aggressive.” This will create duplicate scenarios which will enable you to make changes and see side by side differences
  9. To see more graphs, click on the Graphs tab in the top right hand corner
  10. Once you’ve created scenarios, CLICK SAVE TO KEEP THEM IN YOUR SAVED PROPERTIES PORTFOLIO
  11. When your analysis is ready, click “VIEW REPORT” in the upper right hand corner to create PDF report
  12. Save the Report to your hard drive
  13. Attach the report in an email to your potential clients