"Learn to Refinance Investment Property as Part of Your Long Term Strategy"
You'll want to be familiar with how to refinance investment property because it is something that just about any
long term investment property
will benefit from sooner or later. The process is similar to getting the initial
with the main difference being that you'll already own the property.
CASH OUT REFINANCE VS. STANDARD REFINANCE
You can typically refinance investment property by doing a standard refinance or a cash-out refinance. A standard refinance is where your old mortgage is paid off with the new mortgage. You then make your monthly payments to the new mortgage company. You're simply replacing one mortgage with another.
With the latter, you can "cash out" some built-up equity as long as you retain a 20% equity cushion (i.e., on a $100K property the total mortgage balance – consisting of the loan plus the cash you got back – should not exceed $80K).
For example, if the property is worth $100K and your mortgage is $70K, you should be able to pull out $10K in cash to pay off your down payment, rehab expenses, etc. The
real estate appraising
is critical here, because the higher the appraised value, the more equity you will have to potentially cash out.
WHEN TO REFINANCE RENTAL PROPERTY
Generally speaking, you'll want to refinance investment property under the following circumstances:
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- You would like to use the property's built-up equity to essentially secure a zero down financing source
(say, after owning it for 5 years).
- You have a shorter-term loan that is due to mature and be paid off (i.e., balloon payment).
- You have an adjustable rate mortgage (shame on you!) that you're trying to get out from under.
- Rates declined and you would like to lower the interest rate on your fixed loan (note: make sure you crunch the numbers to see if the reduced monthly payment justifies paying the
There may be other situations where you'll want to refinance, but those are the "Big 5."
HOW TO REFINANCE RENTAL PROPERTY
- Do the math to ensure the time is right. You will have closing costs just like any other mortgage.
- Price shop, starting with your current mortgage provider if you already have a bank loan.
- Decide on an issuer and lock in the rate.
- Coordinate, and prepare for, the appraisal.
- Coordinate the title work (yes, required even on an investment property you already own).
- Schedule the closing and review the HUD-1
- Execute the closing
To sum up, your ability to refinance rental property is driven by the apprised value. Your goal absolutely, positively must be to maximize the appraised value, so make sure you have maximized the property's curb appeal.
The bottom line is that if you get a "bad" appraisal, your ability to refinance investment property will be severely limited.
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