Posted July 28, 2014Tweet
In 2009, Fannie Mae rolled back a mortgage rule that prevented real estate investors from financing more than 4 properties at once. At the time, investors were limited to 4 properties financed, which included their primary residence.
Today, the maximum number of allowable, simultaneously financed properties is 10. You wouldn't know it, though -- few banks actually offer the program.
This article describes how to get a mortgage at today's mortgage rates if you have 5-to-10 homes in your portfolio.
In February 2009, Fannie Mae said it would up the maximum financed-property limit from four to ten to help stabilize the U.S. housing market. "Experienced investors play a key role in the housing recovery", it said.
This is a truth.
Real estate investors buy foreclosed homes, multi-unit properties, and vacant condos as a means to build wealth long-term. And now, with rents out-gaining the rise in home prices in U.S. cities such as San Francisco, California; Fort Worth, Texas; and Seattle, Washington, investor types are clamoring for good homes -- especially with financing so cheap.
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Despite market options, though, investors can find it hard to find banks which offer financing for people with more than 4 properties already financed. Even five years later, Fannie Mae's 5-10 Properties Financed program remains a niche product.
Maybe you've been turned away by your bank, too.
So, why don't all banks participate in the 5-10 Properties Financed program? The probable answer is that underwriting a 5-property-owning investor's mortgage application can be very hard work.
As compared "traditional" homeowners who submit for loan approval with just a W-2 and pay stub, a seasoned real estate investor is asked to provide complex tax returns, complete REO schedules, and extra detail for every home underwritten and approved.
Reviewing paperwork takes time. Sometimes, a lot of it.
Furthermore, investors with 5 or more properties financed are more likely to hold title to their homes in a non-standard fashion. This, too, creates "extra work" underwriting which slows down the approval process for the subject home and for every other loan with the bank, too.
As compared to a standard purchase loan, loans for investors with more than 4 homes financed generates the same bank to the bank but with more man-hours required to approve and additional fraud risk post-closing. It's no wonder most banks avoid them.
Note : Most banks, not all. You have to know where to find a 5-to-10 Properties loan. Then, you have to meet its guidelines.
To finance a home via Fannie Mae's 5-10 Properties program, the following criteria must be met with no exception :
That's pretty much it. Tough, but not too tough. You can even combine the Delayed Financing Rule with the 5-10 Properties program to take cash-out from a home purchased free-and-clear.
Your bank may not give loans on the 5-10 Properties Program, but don't let them tell you that it can't be done. It can.
If you own more than 4 homes with mortgages attached and want to refinance one (or all) of them; or, if you're planning to purchase an additional investment property, look elsewhere. The 5-10 Properties Program is a niche product but lots of banks will do them.
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