Creative real estate financing loans sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac require a down payment ranging from 10% to 25% with a financing fee ranging from 1.5 to 3 points. Please understand that these financing fees are imposed by Fannie and Freddie and are not charges from either your lender or your broker. However, the financing fee allows using conventional rates and loan limits. These conforming real estate financing loans are available as either fixed rate or an ARM. Even with the financing fees, these loans can be a good choice if your goals are to maximize cash flow and you plan to hold the property for a 3 to 5 year period. Ratios are normally 28/36, but with automated underwriting, excellent credit and some liquid reserves, it is common to see back ratios in the middle 40s. Rental income is decreased by a 25% vacancy factor but there are underwriting methods which eliminates this issue for experienced real estate investors.
The Creative Real Estate Investor Financing Specialty program (actually a growing group of creative real estate financing programs) allows purchase or refinances with only 5% equity. The creative real estate financing program allows up to 20 properties plus your home. Available up to $1,000,000 and 2-4 unit properties are acceptable. Ratios are generally 34/40 and a No Documentation creative real estate financing program is available. Available as a fixed or adjustable rate in many reduced downpayment scenarios..
I have an investor loan based on the LIBOR Index. The LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) Index is more stable than the COFI index (Cost of Funds Index). Comparison charts between the COFI, LIBOR and MTA indexes are available. One feature of the program is four repayment options. You can decide to amortize the loan for 30 or 15 years, a minimum amount, or interest only. You can choose every month and have the flexibility to manage cash flow as never before!
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