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How To Optimize Cash Flow in Real Estate Investing


Owning and operating large multifamily assets is literally running a multimillion-dollar business. It's a dynamic and complex venture that requires meticulous attention to detail, proactive management, and strategic planning. As a passive multifamily investor, understanding how operators can optimize cash flow is crucial to ensuring the long-term profitability and success of your investment.

Don't Get Comfortable

The first rule of managing a multifamily asset is to never get too comfortable. The real estate market is constantly evolving, and there are numerous moving parts to owning and operating a multifamily property. It’s essential to monitor the assets closely every month and continuously seek opportunities to enhance performance.

Review Cash Flow Regularly

One of the most critical aspects of managing a multifamily property is reviewing cash flow regularly. Always ask yourself, “How can this be improved?” By adopting this mindset, operators can identify areas where expenses can be reduced and revenue can be increased.

Here are some strategies to consider:

1. Identify and Reduce Expenses

Carefully review your expenses each month and assess which ones can be minimized or eliminated. For instance, are you still paying a monthly fee for an outdated Xerox printer? Modern, smaller printers are available at a fraction of the cost and offer improved functionality. By eliminating unnecessary expenses, you can free up more cash flow.

Another easy practice is to embrace sustainability and “go green” by ditching sticky notes and using whiteboards or digital note-taking apps instead. This not only reduces costs but also promotes an eco-friendly environment.

2. Review Vendor Agreements and Negotiate

Vendor agreements can often be a significant expense for multifamily properties. Don’t accept quotes at face value—always negotiate for the best deal possible. Review contracts regularly and explore opportunities for better rates or terms. Building strong relationships with vendors can also lead to cost savings over time.

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3. Conduct a Competitive Analysis

Conducting a competitive analysis with nearby properties is crucial. Don’t just compare rents; examine other fees and charges as well. For example, if a property down the street is charging $50 per storage unit while you're only charging $35, consider increasing your price to remain competitive and boost your cash flow. Regularly updating your market knowledge ensures you’re not leaving money on the table.

4. Get Creative with Revenue Streams

Think outside the box when it comes to maximizing profits. Look for innovative ways to generate additional income from your property. One example is partnering with apps that allow unused parking spaces to be rented out to long-term RVs or boat owners. This not only provides a new revenue stream but also utilizes your property’s resources more efficiently.


In summary, optimizing cash flow for multifamily real estate investments requires a proactive and strategic approach. By regularly reviewing cash flow, identifying and reducing unnecessary expenses, negotiating better vendor agreements, conducting competitive analyses, and getting creative with revenue streams, operators can significantly enhance the profitability of their assets. Remember, managing a multifamily property is a dynamic process—staying vigilant and adaptable is key to success.

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About Ellie Perlman

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Ellie Perlman is the founder of Blue Lake Capital, a commercial real estate investment firm specializing in multifamily investing throughout the United States. At Blue Lake Capital, Ellie partners with both institutional and individual investors to grow their wealth by achieving double-digit returns by investing alongside her in exclusive multifamily deals they usually don't have access to.

A defining factor of Blue Lake Capital’s strategy is founded in utilizing machine learning/artificial intelligence throughout the course of all acquisitions and asset management. This advanced technology enables the company to produce accurate and data-driven forecasting for all assets on a market, property, and even tenant basis. In doing so, Blue Lake is able to lead commercial investments with the full capabilities of today’s technology.

Ellie is the founding host of REady2Scale, a podcast that highlights the assets, processes, and strategies for the multiple approaches to successful real estate investing.

She started her career as a commercial real estate lawyer, leading real estate transactions for one of Israel’s leading development companies. Later, as a property manager for Israel’s largest energy company, she oversaw properties worth over $100MM. Additionally, Ellie is an experienced entrepreneur who helped build and scale companies by improving their business operations.

Ellie holds a Masters in Law from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

You can read more about Blue Lake Capital and Ellie Perlman at

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