Investing in the Real Estate Market- How To Get An Investment Property Mortgage
Did you know that real estate investors bought a record number of homes in 2021?
An article from Redfin News in November 2021, “Real-Estate Investors Bought a Record 18% of the U.S. Homes That Sold in the Third Quarter”, reveals statistics that show how hot the real estate market has been. They reported that “real estate investors bought a record 18.2% of the U.S. homes that were purchased during the third quarter of 2021.” This was up from 16.1% earlier in the year and 11.2% in 2020. According to Redfin News, investors bought over 90,000 homes in just three months.
That comes out to $63.3 billion dollars spent on real estate investments in just a quarter of the year. It’s no secret that the market is hot.
Are you wondering how to get started on your first real estate investment or grow your portfolio? Newfi Lending specializes in working with real estate investors to find their perfect mortgage solution. Let’s break down what an investment property mortgage is and your options for getting approved for one.
What’s an Investment Property Mortgage?
An investment property mortgage is a loan used to purchase real estate with the goal of creating income with the property. Borrowers can do this by either renovating and reselling the property, renting it to a long-term tenant, or renting it on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb or VRBO.
How to Get a Mortgage for an Investment Property?
There are a variety of options for investment property mortgages, each with its own requirements and qualifying standards. In this blog, we’re going to discuss three types of investment property mortgages: traditional conventional, hard money and DSCR (Debt Service Coverage Ratio) loans.
Types of Investment Property Loan Options
Traditional Conventional Investment Property Loans
Traditional conventional loans are the most common type of mortgage loan. These loans are offered by most lenders and are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which have strict standards for qualifying. Traditional conventional loans for investment properties require borrowers to meet higher standards than primary residences because non-owner-occupied mortgages are often seen as riskier loan for lenders.
Since these loans only qualify borrowers with higher down payments, credit scores, and other limiting factors, lenders can offer lower interest rates on these loans.
Although monthly payments may be higher and these financing options may cost investors more upfront.
- Ideal Investor: First-Time investors who are looking to rent to a long-term tenant
- Loan Options: Offer standard 15-, 20, and 30-Year fixed rate loan options
- Down Payment: Dependent on your credit score and debt-to-income ratio, but typically non-owner-occupied mortgages require 20% down.
- Credit Score Requirements: A high credit score is typically required for traditional conventional investment property mortgages, starting at 680
- Debt-to-Income Ratio: You will need to be able to take on your investment property mortgage with your current income. These lenders will take a portion of the rents to offset your debt obligation. Typically, 75% of rents is used.
- Interest Rates: A typically lower, fixed rate is offered
- Real Estate Portfolio Restrictions: Traditional conventional lenders will consider each of your properties in your real estate portfolio. You will have to file more paperwork than other options on your personal ability to carry the mortgage. There are also restrictions on the number of properties you have mortgages on. If you already have an investment property, you cannot use short term rental income to qualify for this loan.
Hard Money Loans
Hard money mortgage loans are short term loans that help investors finance a property that they don’t plan to hold onto for long. You will need to pay the entire hard money loan back between two to five years of taking the mortgage out. These mortgages tend to have much higher interest rates and down payments required. Hard money investment property loans may be beneficial for borrowers looking for a quick turnaround in financing because they close faster than traditional conventional loans. These are also referred to as a short-term bridge loan.
- Ideal Investor: Investors who are looking to fix and flip a property within the short repayment timeline of a hard money mortgage loan.
- Loan Options: Short-term loan options typically need to be repaid within 2 to 5 years.
- Down Payment: Down payments are higher than traditional conventional or DSCR Loans. Hard money loans are considered riskier to lenders and therefore require higher down payments.
- Credit Score Requirements: Dependent on lenders requirements. On average, credit scores can be lower than traditional conventional mortgage options.
- Debt-to-Income Ratio: This will also be dependent on lenders requirements.
- Interest Rates: Because these loans are riskier for lenders, they tend to have higher interest rates than Conventional or DSCR Loans.
- Real Estate Portfolio Restrictions: Hard money lenders will place restrictions on the number of properties you can carry to qualify with them.
What is a DSCR Loan?
A DSCR loan is a mortgage for an investment property that qualifies borrowers based on their expected rental income. At Newfi this means that we never look at your personal income or proof of employment to qualify you, only the income your property is expected to make month over month. These loans are also referred to as business purpose or private lender loans.
- Ideal Investor: More experienced investors with multiple long-term and short-term investment properties
- Loan Options: DSCR Loans offer more loan term options with 15- and 30-Year Fixed Mortgages and 30- and 40-Year Interest Only options.
- Down Payment: With a DSCR Loan, your down payment could be between 20%-25%. We off the option to refinance and get cash-out of your other properties for the down payment on your investment property!
- Credit Score Requirements: Credit score requirements are lower than traditional conventional loans, starting at 620.
- Debt-to-Income Ratio: Because we don’t take your personal income or employment into consideration when qualifying you for a DSCR Loan and will not need to look at your DTI.
- Interest Rates: Our DSCR Loans give borrowers options. We offer both 15- and 30-Year fixed interest rate mortgages and 30- and 40-Year Interest Only mortgages.
- Consider Real Estate Portfolio: We don’t look at you real estate portfolio when qualifying you for a DSCR Loan. There are also no restrictions on the number of properties you’re allowed to carry.
Why Use a DSCR Loan?
- We Require Less Documentation and Offer a Quicker Loan Process
With traditional conventional and hard money mortgage options, you may find yourself overwhelmed with paperwork. Because a DSCR Loan with Newfi qualifies borrowers based on their expected market rent, we won’t look at your tax returns, paystubs, or debt at all during the loan process!
- We Qualify Borrowers Based on Cash-Flow
At Newfi, our DSCR Loan only focuses on the cash flow of your property! We know many investors have a difficult time qualifying for an investment property mortgage because of a large real estate portfolio of other investment properties or not having traditional employment documentation. That’s why we qualify you based on your expected market rent!
- We Allow You to Leverage Existing Equity into a New Investment Property
We want to help borrowers on their investment journey, so we allow you to cash out your reserves for the down payment on your new investment property! With a DSCR Loan, you can leverage the equity of your home as the down payment on your next investment.
Which Investment Property Mortgage Option is Right for Me?
Deciding what’s best for you can be challenging depending on your specific situation. Looking for more information or ready to talk to someone about your options? Get connected to a Newfi Loan Advisor today! https://app.newfi.com/loancenter/dscr!
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