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3 Tips when Buying your First Investment Property

Thinking of buying your first investment property?  Looking back historically, most wealth in this country has been obtained though real estate, so there is plenty of good reason for you to buy real estate too.

There are many considerations when getting into real estate, including are you cut out to be a landlord, having the down payment, property location, calculating margins, maintenance and unexpected costs,  understanding landlord-tenant laws as they relate to fair housing, security deposits, eviction rules, and more.

Buying rental property 

Sounds scary, but the reality is, with a little bit of knowledge, owning rental property can be pretty easy, and the payoff is usually well worth it.  Hint hint, especially tax write-offs!

I have been a Mortgage Loan Officer for nearly 30-years, and I have also owned rental property for over 20-years, so I have some pretty good insight on both of these aspects of financing and owning rental property. I personally am licensed in MN, WI, IA, ND, and SD.  Our company is also licensed in FL, CO, TX - so we can help you in any of those states.

Here are a few mortgage related tips you need to know when buying your first investment property:

1) DOWN PAYMENT - Minimum 15% down on single family properties, condo's, and townhomes. You get a better interest rate, and of course no PMI (mortgage insurance) with 20% down. The minimum down payment for a multi-family property is 25%.

2) INCOME QUALIFYING - If you can qualify for both the current home and the investment home payment, this is easy.  Standard debt-to-income ratio's apply.

If you need some of the rent to help income qualify, you can do that, up to 75% of the lease amount, but not to exceed your actual payment. So you can possibly wash the payment, but not 'show a profit'. Rules change after you've had rental management experience.

3) INVESTMENT INTEREST RATE - Mortgage interest rates on investment properties are easily 0.50% to 0.75% higher than an owner occupied home, so be sure to factor that into payment calculations.


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Cambria Mortgage, Joe Metzler


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Comment balloon 1 commentJoseph Metzler • October 30 2020 03:26PM


Joseph, great post with excellent advice to those buyers wanting to buy their first rental property.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 3 months ago

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