(1) Multiplying the average gross or net operating income of rental property by an appropriate factor to determine the value of the property. The capitalization rate depends on factors such as neighborhood, stability of rental payments, risk, quality of tenants, historical occupancy rate, etc. (2) To take advantage of something such as capitalizing on a buying opportunity of a house. (3) Charging expenditures made to an asset such as charging the cost of a house with a new roof. (4) Recording leased property as an asset.