I thought I would share this, as I have been asked by a few people what it is... Cash on cash return is opportunity costs when you invest.... For example...I had somebody tell me they made a 100k on a 500k purchase in Victoria in 2 years. They indicated that they made 20%...really..... lets look at the numbers Deposit 50k Stamp Duty/Legals approx 30k Reno costs 10k The total costs sunk into that deal was 80k....so the real return was 20k or 25% on the initial 80k By the same token some else I know put 120k regional property and their deposit and reno costs was 15k plus 3k for stamps so 18k in total. The current value is 50k. So the real return is 32k or a 170% return. I see a lot of people buying places sinking hard cash...but their cash on cash return is very poor.