Refinancing Your Existing Loan to Purchase An Investment Property

Many people are looking at the housing market slump right now as an investment opportunity.  Here are a few of the things that you need to know before getting a new home loan or refinancing your existing loan in order to make that happen.

 Amount You Want to Borrow

 A lot of borrowers go shopping for real estate and have exactly no idea how much money they can borrow. One of the first questions that you need to ask before going real estate hunting is how much can I borrow. You can ask a bank, lender, or financial institution to give you a ballpark figure of the amount of loan that you would qualify for. This will make it easier for you to narrow down exactly what type of property you can afford and what areas you can concentrate on.

 Amount of Interest You Will Pay

 Too many people are overly concerned with the purchase price of the home that they are buying. They fail to find out how much interest they will have to pay back to the bank in order to make their home ownership dreams come true. This is where a home loan calculator can be really useful. You can find out exactly how much interest you will repay over a 10, 20, or 30 year loan time period. You can also change the interest rate and down payment amount on those calculators to see if you can secure a lower monthly payment.

 Credit Score Needed to Qualify

 It doesn’t matter if you are buying a home for the first time or refinancing an existing loan. Your credit score matters. You need to start doing some research now if you want to secure a loan with a really low interest rate. This involves taking the time to see what credit scores traditional lenders are looking for and doing the work necessary to qualify for this loan. Your credit score will make a big difference in determining if an investment property purchase is a profitable endeavor or one that winds up costing you money. It will depend heavily on what kind of loan your credit score allowed you to negotiate.

 Make the Choice

 Once you know how much you will need and exactly how much you will be paying out over the life of another mortgage, you can decide whether you want to refinance your current home loan to get another one.  Adding on another huge debt to an existing one is a big risk.  Make sure to think it through fully before jumping in.

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    1. Dan SImon - Charleston SC Real Estate says:

      Great points, thanks for sharing. There are some great opportunities out there for buyers in today’s real estate market. Getting pre-approved is a key first step in the home buying process, this will save a great deal of time and frustration. Once you have a firm handle on your loans options an effective search can begin. Buying a home or an investment property is generally one of the largest financial decisions a person will ever make. Put a “buyer’s agent” to work and have the benefit of an experienced professional on your side. Your buyer’s agent is your advocate, your advisor, your negotiator, and your confidante throughout the buying process.

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