Single Rental Loan

If you are buying your first single-family rental property, now’s a good time to get an investment loan. Single-family rental loans have enormous advantages for specific circumstances when compared to conventional mortgage loans. First, they are based on cash flow — not personal income. And they are designed for people who plan on buying investment property and renting it out for a long time, which can give you financial stability and confidence.

Single Rental Loans are especially attractive to…

  • Have a cash cushion. The more cash you are able to put into the deal, the lower the investment loan interest rates.
  • Have a better-than-average credit score. You’ll need much stronger credit than you would if you were seeking a home mortgage.
  • Don’t want to provide proof of income. The lending decision is based on the value of the property.

These loans feature:

  • Chances to break into the business

    Investment property loans are available to both first-time and veteran landlords.

  • Small loans for new landlords

    The property must be worth at least $100,000 in order to qualify.

  • Variable loan amounts

    Depending on the value of the property, you'll be able to borrow between $75,000 and $2 million.

  • Manageable cash-flow requirements

    For properties worth more than $150,000, personal debt to income (PDTI) can't exceed 85 percent. For properties worth less than $150,000, PDTI can't exceed 70 percent.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much experience as a landlord do I need to qualify for a loan?

We consider borrowers who are jumping into the rental investment pool for the first time, and we also have clients who own hundreds of rental properties.

What kinds of property will you consider?

Non-owner occupied: Single family residences, 2-4 family units, condos and townhouses. (5 to 20 unit multi-family rentals will only be considered as portfolio investments.)

What kind of property doesn't qualify?

Properties worth less than $100,000, manufactured housing, hotel/motels, even those with long-term tenants, and mobile homes.

What are the advantages of a single-family rental loan vs. a traditional home mortgage?

We don’t consider personal debt and income ratios. Instead, we evaluate the loan based on a commercial real estate underwriting approach. Our lending decisions are based on the collateral and cash flow of the assets. These loans are assumable, unlike most conventional mortgage loans. And unlike conventional lenders, we prefer that properties be placed in an LLC or some other corporate financial structure to protect the borrower’s personal finances.

In what states can I borrow?

Loans are not available in North Dakota, South Dakota,  or Vermont.

Are there restrictions on the age of the property?

Multi-family properties 30 years or older can’t be amortized for longer than 25 years.

Can I live in the property that I am financing with a single-family rental loan?

No. These loans are for investment properties only. Properties financed with a single family loan also can’t be rented to a borrower’s family members.

Do you rent to foreign nationals?

Yes, we do, but there are some restrictions on where they can be from, and they may be required to undergo additional background checks. Single-family loans to foreign nationals are restricted to a maximum loan to value of 60 percent.

Is there a limit to the amount of money I can borrow?

You can borrow between $75,000 and $2MM, depending on the property and its location.

Why Finance of America Mortgage?

We’re not about pushing loan papers. We’re about moving your dream forward. And we do that through knowledgeable local advisors, a personal approach, and a variety of smart loan options.

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