Borrowing Money 

Buying real estate without putting any of your money down means you might have to borrow money.

Mortgages are a popular financing option for new homeowners, but consider these creative ways to finance a real estate purchase:

  1. Traditional loans can be a good way to finance a real estate investment if you have a good credit score. Banks are currently offering low interest rates to individuals who meet their lending criteria.
  • It is possible to obtain a loan that covers most of the value of the property with interest rates between 5 and 7% if you can come up with a 10 to 20% down payment and have a credit score of 680 or better.
  • A two-step mortgage is a good alternative to a traditional home loan. A two-step mortgage typically lasts forty years. The interest rates are fairly high during the first five to ten years but rates are adjustable after that and the payment schedule is usually flexible.
  • Borrowing from a portfolio lender is a good option if you already have a few properties. While most mortgage providers simply resell the loan to a different company for a profit, portfolio lenders hold onto the loan and generate a long-term profit.
  • These loan providers will finance your projects if you have a good track record of investing in real estate.
  • Look for low or no money down government programs. The USDA offers home loans with no money down as long as the property you are interested in qualifies and you meet certain requirements. The Veterans Administration offers no-money-down home loan programs for qualifying veterans. FHA loans require only 3.5% down.
  • Private money is a very popular form of creative financing. Private money refers to money you get from another investor, such as a friend or family member. This strategy is interesting if you can find an affordable home and can negotiate the right terms with the investor you borrow from. Ensure you get everything written in a detailed contract.
  • Hard money lenders can provide you with the money you need to invest in real estate as long as you are willing to pay high fees. The downside of hard money loans is that you do not have much time to pay the loan back. However, it is possible to make a profit by having your property re-appraised:
  • Borrow enough to purchase a home in need of repairs. Some hard money lenders will let you borrow 100% of the home value and enough to cover repairs on top of that.

  • Pay for repairs, look for ways to make the property more valuable, and have it appraised.

  • Look for a refinancing option now that the property is worth more.

  • Use your refinancing option to pay back what you borrowed from a hard money lender.

  • Plan a good exit strategy in case the appraisal is not as high as you hoped.
  • Using a line of credit is a good way to find creative financing for real estate deals. The best way to obtain a good line of credit is to use your home for credit. Once you are approved for a line of credit, you will be able to pull money at any time without explaining what you will be using it for.
  • Credit cards are ideal if you want to buy and flip a house in a short time-frame. Use credit cards to get cash advances to cover a down payment or repairs. Credit cards usually have high interest rates, but you can reduce costs by looking for another credit card that allows for balance transfer.
  • This strategy will allow you to avoid paying interest for at least the first year. Look for cards with a good reward program to get the most out of this creative financing strategy.

“People are living longer than ever before,

a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30-year mortgage.”

– Doug Larson.

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