Investment Property Mortgage Loans

Investment Properties

Investing in real estate presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges, especially when it comes to financing. Investment properties can vary widely, from single-family residences or condominium units, which offer the simplicity of managing a single tenant or lease, to multi-family residences like duplexes and apartment buildings, where the income potential scales with the number of units. Commercial properties, including office buildings, retail spaces, and warehouses, cater to business uses and offer different financial dynamics compared to residential properties. 

 The mortgage loans available for these investment properties vary based on the type of property and the level of documentation provided and include Conventional Loans, Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR) Loans and No Doc Loans/Hard Money loans. 

Conventional Investment Property Loans

  • Minimum Down Payment: 25%
  • Minimum Credit Score: 660
  • Property Types: Single Family, Multi-family up to 4 units, Condos

Conventional loans are the most common type of mortgage loan for investment properties. Conventional loans are available for single family properties, condominium units and multi-family properties up to 4 units. Lenders closely scrutinize the borrower's financial history, credit score, income, and debt-to-income ratio, to determine eligibility. Conventional loans for investment properties come with higher interest rates compared to primary residence loans but are more favorable than other investment property loans.

Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR) Investment Property Loans

  • Minimum Down Payment: 25%
  • Minimum Credit Score: 580
  • Property Types: Single Family, Multi-family up to 8 units, Condos, Mixed Use Properties

Debt Service Coverage Ratio Loans, or DSCR Loans, are a type of investment property loan that bases eligibility on the property’s ability to generate enough income to cover the mortgage payments and other expenses. The DSCR is calculated by dividing the property’s annual net operating income by its annual mortgage debt service (principal and interest payments). This type of loan is ideal for rental properties and is particularly beneficial for investors who might not qualify for traditional financing due to high debt-to-income ratios or other factors. DSCR loans offer flexibility but also carry higher interest rates than conventional loans.

No Doc Loans/Hard Money Investment Property Loans 

  • Minimum Down Payment: 40%
  • Minimum Credit Score: 500
  • Property Types: Single Family, Multi-family, Condos, Mixed Use Properties

No Doc Loans and Hard Money Loans are secured by the property itself and are usually offered by private lenders or investment companies rather than banks. These loans are short-term, often with terms ranging from one to five years, and they focus more on the property’s value and potential rather than the borrower’s creditworthiness. Hard money loans can be advantageous for investors looking to finance fix-and-flip projects or when a quick close is necessary. However, they come with significantly higher interest rates and fees compared to other types of investment property loans.

Investment property mortgage loans offer a range of options to suit different investment strategies and financial situations. Whether an investor prefers the stability of a Conventional Loan, the income-focused approach of a DSCR Loan, or the flexibility of a No Doc Loan, understanding each option’s nuances is crucial. It’s essential for investors to assess their financial health, investment goals, and the specifics of the property they wish to purchase to choose the most appropriate financing method. Consulting with a financial advisor can also provide valuable guidance tailored to an investor’s unique circumstances.

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Investment Property Loans FAQs

The interest rate for invesment properties depends on the type of property, the amount of the down payment, the loan product chosen and the loan term. For a customized investment property rate quote, please contact us.

Yes, a 30 year fixed loan term is the most common for our investment property loans.

The 1% rule states that a property should rent for at least 1% of its total upfront cost each month to be considered a good investment. This cost includes the purchase price plus any initial repairs or renovations needed to make the property rentable.For example: If you purchase a property for $100,000 and spend an additional $20,000 on renovations, the total cost is $120,000. According to the 1% rule, the property should rent for at least $1,200 per month. This rule helps investors quickly determine whether a property can generate enough rental income to justify its cost and cover expenses like mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

The most profitable rental properties are typically those located in high-demand areas such as city centers, near major employment hubs, universities, or tourist attractions. Multi-family residences like apartment buildings often offer higher profitability due to their ability to generate multiple streams of rental income from a single property. Additionally, properties in areas with strong population growth, stable or increasing job markets, and potential for property appreciation tend to be more profitable. Short-term rental properties in popular vacation destinations can also yield high returns, especially when managed efficiently and marketed well.

A good return on investment (ROI) for an investment property typically ranges from 8% to 12% annually. However, the definition of a "good" ROI can vary based on the property type, location, and the investor's personal goals. More aggressive investors might seek higher returns, while conservative investors might be satisfied with returns on the lower end of this range. Factors such as market conditions, financing terms, and management efficiency also significantly influence the achievable ROI.