A tighter lending market
The extra costs with an investment property mortgage
The basics of rental property mortgage financing
While credit markets are much tighter for investment property, some generalities hold true when choosing from different rental property investment strategies. Occupancy rates help lower overall mortgage costs for rental property. Traditionally, 75% of current rent roll on a property can be used as an income qualifier for any given rental property. Loan-to-value ratios tend to start at 70% for investment property (while it’s 80% for home loans). Lower LTV’s (eg., down to 60% or 50% even) can substantially lower overall costs of the loan, including points and interest rate). In addition, when real estate investing, an excellent credit score (above 740) will also aid in reducing overall rental property financing costs. This can greatly expand what you can borrow, helping paint a brighter financial picture for your investment opportunities.
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