The listing agent at Preferred Properties (that's where I work) added this comment in the agent remarks section to the listing at 925 Eaton Street "And, lastly, the price is firm. No bottom-feeders, please."
Before that he described the 4 unit money maker at 925 Eaton Street in Old Town Key West this way:
"Legal four-unit property consisting of an historic main building with three units and a secondary non-historic cottage. Projected $47,000 gross annual income (2011 -2012) and tenants pay all utilities, including sewer and trash bills. Expenses are Fire Insurance: $1,879 Windstorm Ins: $2,320 Flood: $2,075 Taxes: $3,634.00 Due to the extraordinary cash flow, the owner is FIRM on the price."I have shown this property a few times during the past couple of years. The listing agent discussed "potential income" when showing the place. That always suggested the new owner would need to spend some time and some money to goose up the revenue. The agent got the seller to do some of the suggested updating and now the income property is listed for sale at $405,000. CLICK HERE to checkout the Key West mls database on this property and to view several nice photos of the updated property. If you looked at this place before, it might be time to go back for a second look.
The guys and girls that work in the shops and restaurants or that man the fishing boats or sightseeing tours live in places like this. Places like this typically charge around $1,000 to $1,200 per month for an economy apartment. (The listing agent projects $47,000 annual income or $980 per month per apartment.) Small units normally have just one tenant but sometimes places are shared to keep costs manageable. The property at 925 Eaton Street requires the tenant pay the water and electric. That's good for a landlord especially because some tenants love to leave the air condition down way low when somebody else is paying the bill.
You will note that this property does not have parking nor a pool. You as an owner/landlord and the tenant would have to pay more for "luxuries" like that. But what is does have is a good location within easy walking or riding distance by bike or scooter to most of the Old Town area. That's the area where most locals work. So this location (and lack of amenities) is practical from a tenant perspective. Lest you feel sorry for the tenants, Dante's is just a couple of blocks away. You will find lots of locals that spend their days off lounging by the pool.
Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West.