In February 2009, Fannie Mae rolled back a rule preventing real estate investors from financing more than 4 properties at a time. The limit raised the maximum number of allowable, financed properties to 10.
The program provides bona fide investors with an avenue to add to their respective real estate portfolios.
In its official announcement, Fannie Mae said upping the financed-property limit would help stabilize housing nationwide.
"Experienced investors play a key role in the housing recovery", it said.
2 years later, however, finding a bank that offers the 5-to-10 Properties Financed program is a challenge. Most lenders won't give a mortgage on the 5-10 Properties program as a matter of policy.
It's cause for consternation among the real estate investment crowd. Fannie Mae says it will buy the loans; banks should be willing to do them. Few are.
So, why don't all bank participate in the 5-to-10 Properties Financed program?
The probable answer is that underwriting a 5-property-owning investor's mortgage application is hard work. "Traditional" homeowners submit for loan approvals with just a basic W-2 and paystub for an approval. Bona fide real estate investors, on the other hand, submit for approval with complex tax returns, REO schedules, and a ton more details to reconcile and verify.
It's far quicker to underwrite and approve a standard loan as compared to a 5-10 Properties program loan. However, both loans are valued the same when bundled for Wall Street securitization.
In other words, the 5-10 Properties program is more work for same profit. It's no wonder most banks don't do it.
Some will, however. You just have to know where to find them.
And you have to meet their guidelines.
To purchase and finance a home through Fannie Mae with more than 4 existing financed properties, investors must meet all of the following criteria:
For refinances, loan-to-value is capped at 70% for all property types.
And then, as a last step to reduce fraud, Fannie Mae's multiple property program requires applicants to sign a 4506-T -- a form giving lenders permission to verify your submitted-with-the-loan tax returns against the official, IRS-filed version of the same.
If you own more than 4 financed properties and want to purchase a fifth one (or sixth or more); or, want to refinance a home you already own, let your first call be to your personal loan officer or bank. Ask for help -- you can't know if your banks offers the 5-10 Properties program until you ask.
If that call gets you nowhere, you can click here for a rate quote. I offer mortgages for investors with 5 or more properties financed and am happy to get you started.
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