# Calculators

#### Cap Rate

**When to use this calculator:** When you need a way to compare the returns on different investment properties.

#### Cash-on-Cash Return

**When to use this calculator:** To evaluate the success of an investment after its first year.

#### Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR)

**When to use this calculator:** To evaluate the viability of an investment from a lending perspective.

#### Gross Rent

**When to use this calculator:** When looking for a quick sign a potential commercial deal (multifamily or otherwise) is worth considering.

#### Gross Yield

**When to use this calculator:** In context with institutional investors. Gross yield uses the same values as rent-to-cost.

#### Internal Rate of Return (IRR)

**When to use this calculator:** To put your ROI in perspective with your initial outlay of money or compare investment opportunities in different asset classes.

#### Rent-to-Cost

**When to use this calculator:** If you need to quickly determine if a potential rental is worth evaluating further.

#### Return on Investment (ROI)

**When to use this calculator:** To get a “whole picture” of a future investment or a completed investment.

#### The 50% Rule

**When to use this calculator:** When you need a fast estimate for operating expenses.

#### The 70% Rule

**When to use this calculator:** To determine the strike price most optimal for solid profits on a potential investment.