# How to Calculate Recapture Rate

by Michael KeenanThe recapture rate, also called the return of investment, measures the percentage of a property's value that you need to recover every year to break even over its economic life. The recapture rate is just a baseline for helping you set your prices, because it does not account for any additional expenses or any return on your investment. To figure the recapture rate, you need to estimate the economic life of the investment. Though depreciation schedules for tax purposes might give you a starting place, you can adjust these figures if you think the asset will be around for a longer or shorter period of time.

Divide 1 by the useful life of the investment to calculate the recapture rate as a decimal. For example, if you buy a house that you think you'll be able to rent out for 20 years, divide 1 by 20 to get 0.05.

Multiply the recapture rate as a decimal by the investment to convert the rate capture rate to a dollar figure. In this example, if the house costs $200,000, multiply $200,000 by 0.05 to find the annual recapture rate is $10,000.

Multiply the recapture rate as a decimal by 100 to figure the recapture rate as a percentage. In this example, multiply 0.05 by 100 to find the recapture rate is 5 percent per year.

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