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Utilizing Existing Home Equity to Purchase Investment Property or a Second Home

Home ownership can provide a valuable asset in the form of home equity, which represents the difference between a property’s market value and the outstanding mortgage balance.

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Leveraging home equity to invest in real estate has become an attractive option for many seeking to build wealth and diversify their financial portfolio.

Let’s take a look at the benefits and risks associated with using home equity to purchase an investment property or a second home.

Advantages of Using Home Equity for Investment

One of the primary advantages of using home equity to buy an investment property is the potential for higher returns on investment compared to traditional savings or investment options.

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Real estate properties, when well-selected, have the potential to appreciate over time, leading to substantial gains for the investor. Additionally, rental income from the investment property can provide a steady source of cash flow, which can be used to pay down the mortgage or fund other investments.

Moreover, utilizing home equity allows investors to take advantage of relatively lower interest rates, which can significantly reduce borrowing costs compared to other types of loans.

Building Wealth and Diversification

Investing in real estate with home equity can be an effective strategy for building long-term wealth and diversifying one’s investment portfolio.

Real estate has historically shown a strong track record of long-term appreciation, offering a hedge against inflation and economic downturns. By diversifying investments across various asset classes, individuals can reduce their overall risk exposure and increase the potential for steady returns.

Home equity, when deployed wisely into real estate, can help individuals achieve financial security and achieve their long-term financial goals.

Risks and Considerations

While using home equity to purchase an investment property can be financially rewarding, it does come with some inherent risks.

The most significant risk is the potential decline in property values, which could leave the investor with a property worth less than the outstanding mortgage balance. Although rare, unexpected changes in the local real estate market can impact property values. You can find out more about the historical appreciation of real estate here…

Moreover, if rental income from the investment property falls short of expectations, the investor may face difficulties meeting mortgage payments, leading to financial strain.

Therefore, it is crucial for investors to conduct thorough research and due diligence before proceeding with this strategy.

Responsible Borrowing and Financial Discipline

To minimize the risks associated with using home equity, responsible borrowing and financial discipline are essential.

Investors must carefully assess their ability to handle increased debt and maintain adequate reserves to cover unforeseen expenses or periods of vacancy. Furthermore, they should consider setting up separate accounts to manage rental income, property-related expenses, and mortgage payments to maintain financial transparency and accountability.

Moreover, keeping a strong credit score is crucial to ensure access to favorable financing terms and interest rates.

In Conclusion

Using home equity to purchase an investment property can be a prudent financial decision when approached with caution and foresight.

The potential for higher returns, coupled with the diversification benefits, can be appealing to investors seeking to grow their wealth. However, it is essential to be mindful of the inherent risks and practice responsible financial management.

Thorough research, careful planning, and ongoing monitoring are vital to the success of this investment strategy.

By making informed decisions and maintaining financial discipline, individuals can leverage their home equity to create a pathway towards financial prosperity and stability. 

Please contact me to discuss your current situation and how you might be able to take advantage of your home equity to purchase another property.  It would be my pleasure to help you!

The Benefits of Owning Investment Property

Investing in real estate, specifically purchasing an investment property, can offer a multitude of advantages that go beyond traditional investment opportunities.

Buying an investment property provides individuals with a unique opportunity to grow their wealth, generate passive income, and gain long-term financial security.

Let’s take a look at five key benefits of investing in real estate…

Appreciation and Wealth Accumulation

One of the primary advantages of investing in an income-generating property is the potential for property value appreciation over time.

Real estate almost always increases in value year-over-year, making it a reliable long-term investment – and you can find more on that here. As the property value increases, so does your net worth!

Moreover, you can leverage this appreciation to build equity, enabling you to secure additional loans or invest in other properties, leading to further wealth accumulation.

Steady Cash Flow and Passive Income

Owning an investment property allows individuals to generate consistent cash flow in the form of rental income.

By renting out the property, you can earn a steady stream of passive income, even while you sleep. This reliable income can be used to cover mortgage payments, property maintenance expenses, and other financial commitments.

With careful management and regular tenant screening, you can maximize your rental income and achieve financial stability.

Tax Advantages and Deductions

Investment properties come with several tax advantages that can significantly benefit property owners.

These include deductible expenses such as mortgage interest, property taxes, insurance premiums, and maintenance costs. Additionally, real estate investors can take advantage of depreciation deductions, which allow them to offset their taxable rental income.

These tax benefits can help reduce your overall tax liability and increase your net income from the investment property.  Please contact your tax accountant for the specifics!

Portfolio Diversification and Risk Mitigation

Investing in an income property provides an opportunity to diversify your investment portfolio.

Real estate typically has a lower correlation to other asset classes like stocks and bonds, which means it can act as a hedge against market volatility. By diversifying your investments, you can spread the risk and reduce the impact of a single investment’s poor performance.

Real estate’s stability and relatively consistent returns can provide a solid foundation for your overall investment strategy.

Long-Term Financial Security and Retirement Planning

Investing in an income property offers a long-term strategy for building financial security and planning for retirement.

By consistently collecting rental income and building equity, you can create a reliable income stream for your retirement years. Furthermore, as you pay off the mortgage on the property, your monthly cash flow will increase significantly.

Real estate investments can serve as a tangible asset that appreciates in value and provides financial stability for your future.

In Conclusion

Purchasing an investment property offers numerous benefits that are easy to understand and can be advantageous for individuals seeking financial growth and stability.

The potential for property value appreciation, steady cash flow, tax advantages, portfolio diversification, and long-term financial security are compelling reasons to consider investing in real estate.

While investing in property requires careful research and management, it can be a rewarding endeavor that provides both immediate and long-term benefits.  Do reach out to me for more and how to finance the purchase of an investment property.

Investment Property Analysis Tool

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A brand-new investment property analysis tool is now available…and it would be my pleasure to help run some numbers with you.

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Did you know that two-thirds of individual’s net worth comes from real estate?  That’s according to Kiplinger – so owning property is a great way to build wealth. 

But what about owning an investment property? 

Based on data from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, about one in every six or seven purchases are for an investment property.  So building wealth via investment property income and appreciation is a pretty popular strategy.

So how can you better evaluate the decision to enter the investment property market?

Whether you’re a realtor helping clients make this decision or a buyer interested in purchasing yourself, I have a new and unique tool that will calculate the return on an investment based on area-specific appreciation, rental rates, and costs to buy and sell. 

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This is a fantastic way to do some analysis on would-be properties.

Important metrics such as cash-on-cash return, as well as the compounded annual return over time, are easily illustrated to help you make better decisions on selecting the best opportunities in this market. 

A Sample

Here’s a sample with the following assumptions – 3 unit property, purchase price $725K, monthly rents of $3,900, 30-year fixed mortgage at 6.99%, 25% down payment:

Assuming this buy-and-hold transaction over 9 years, here’s the cumulative cash return:

Here’s the annual return…

But what’s most relevant is the Annual Average Compounded Return, so you can measure this return versus other investments:

In Conclusion

As you can see, this is an extremely helpful tool to help analyze a particular income producing property to determine whether is a good investment or not!

Reach out to me today so I can share this exciting new tool with you.

Announcing New Investor Specific Financing Options

I’m glad to announce that we now have investor specific financing options in the residential income producing space…both long-term and short-term financing available, ranging from 1 to 20 units.

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These products are tailor-made for real estate investors with income producing properties.

Finance of America Commercial, a division of Finance of America Mortgage LLC, provides individual and business exposure limits with individual FIX & FLIP rehab property loans, along with BRIDGE loans, NEW CONSTRUCTION loans, and SINGLE & PORTFOLIO RENTAL term loans to residential real estate investors across the country.

These offerings have helped clients overcome traditional financing hurdles and build long-term wealth through real estate investment.

These specific lending products and tools are designed with the real estate investor at the forefront – to help provide the personalized service investors need.

Income Producing Property/Portfolio Loans – 2 to 20 units

  • 30-year term available
  • Full amortization and interest only options
  • Loans from $200K to $5M
  • Funding up to 80% on purchases and rate/term refinances

Fix and Flip Loans

  • Funding up to 95% of acquisition and rehab costs
  • Max loan-to-value 75% based on ARV
  • Interest accrual on drawn balance
  • 12- and 18-month term options

Bridge Loans

  • Individual property loans up to $3M
  • Funding up to 80% LTC on multi-family
  • Payoff other loans or lenders on completed flips or new builds
  • Ideal for light rehab flips when self-funding cosmetic rehabs

New Construction Loans

  • 12–18-month term for build ready lots in urban locations
  • Funding up to 100% of construction budget and 80% LTC/65% LTV for multi-unit
  • Funding up to 90%/75% LTV for experienced builders (conditions apply)
  • Business purpose loan with no income requirements

Would you like to find out more?  Contact me to discuss your current situation and how you might be able to take advantage of these fantastic financing options.  It would be my pleasure to help you!

Owning Investment Property: A Primer For First Timers

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Owning investment properties can be a great way to earn extra income. I’m linking today to an article from Peter Warden at The Mortgage Reports on a fantastic article for would be real estate investors. 

Whether it’s a career choice or an extra source of income, becoming a landlord requires hard work, knowledge, and time. The idea of rent collection as a source of passive income attracts many new landlords to this profession.

But experienced landlords know this job requires an active approach. The more you work to maintain properties, find the right tenants, and keep track of all the details, the more successful you can be.

Peter Warden, The Mortgage Reports

This article isn’t a quick read – it’s quite in-depth and I invite you to read the entire thing here.

He breaks down the article into 10 sections:

  • What to know
  • Getting started
  • Financing a property
  • Work involved
  • Planning ahead
  • Hiring help
  • Legal issues
  • Finding tenants
  • Evicting tenants
  • Forms for landlords

Many of my clients have found that owning rental property is one of the best financial moves they ever made.

At the same time, owning rental properties isn’t easy and involves a good deal of effort. However, the financial rewards can make all that worthwhile!

As Warden states, “True, owning a rental property rarely makes people rich quickly. But getting rich slowly is a very attractive alternative.”

What’s the first step? Doing the research on how to make a rental property purchase. Do reach out to me for more, as it would be my pleasure to help on the financing side.

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