# What mean factor behind a yield?

When quoting a yield of a transaction e.g. yield 3.8% behind the yield it is quote "factor" - in this case of a yield of 3.8% it is mentioned in brackets (factor 26.11) . The lower the yield the higher the factor. How does one calculate the factor and what does it mean? In a calculation regarding a property sale and although the calculation is understood I still don't understand what "factor" means, I don't mean the word but the meaning in this context what relation has this to the yield or why the calculation of the factor?

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Where did you see this? $\frac{100}{3.8} = 26.32$ – chrisaycock Sep 25 '13 at 18:40
I could think of the annual rent: you get 3.8% of your purchase price annually. Factors are often used in property sales to state how many years of annual rent you pay for the object – chriscross Sep 25 '13 at 21:54