Getting An Investment Property Loan – Is It The Right Property?

This article was written for individuals who are attempting to undertake an investment property loan. In today’s market, it is not good enough to be a strong borrower. So we will discuss the dissimilarities between residential loans and commercial loans. Understanding the difference will help you get your investment property qualified for a investment property mortgage.

I will attempt to explain to you as to “the who, what, and why” of commercial mortgage loan. A big part of your success as a commercial investor is in choosing the right property. What follows is the straight scoop on commercial lending.

One of the most important difference between commercial and residential loans is commercial lenders lend their own money. When you apply to a residential bank or some residential financial institution, they underwrite the loan and then sell the loan to FNMA or FHLMC. The residential bank is repaid the money. Once the loan has been sold to FNMA or FHLMC, the residential lender will keep the servicing rights. Fannie or Freddie then bundle all those loans and pass them through to investors such as mortgage backed securities. In other words, the bank is not really lending their own money.

Commercial investment property loans are different because when you deposit funds into a bank account, the commercial lender turns around and loans out the money to companies like yourself. In commercial mortgage loans there is no giant like FNMA as in residential lending waiting to reimburse the bank.

If an investment property mortgage goes into default from non payment then the bank is stranded with a bad performing loan unless they can sell the property for a profit. Because of this, they are much more discriminating than they would be with residential loans.

Since 80% of all businesses fail within 2 years, the commercial bank knows that if someone does fall into financial difficulty the borrower will let their commercial investment go before their residence. And because investment property loans are commercial loans; the guidelines for underwriting are much stricter on investment property loans. Also understand that each piece of property is completely different and each type of commercial property is underwritten differently. Investment property financing are deal-specific.

In today’s market you have to be a strong borrower and have a strong cash flowing property or no one will loan you the money. The most important part of the commercial underwriting process is the PROPERTY.

I had a client that was mad that his loan was denied by our underwriter for commercial mortgage loan. His message was something like this:

“You are an incapable idiot! Lenders should be knocking on my door because I have lots of assets, impeccable credit, considerable income, and a property worth $600,000. I should have no problem getting $390,000 cash out.”

The issue with the commercial loan wasn’t the borrower. The reason we denied the client was the property was losing money. The borrower thought his property was worth $600,000 but based on the cash flow, it would not appraise for more than $200,000. No one is going to loan $390,000 on a place only worth $200,000!

Through discussing the issue with the client, we discovered he had been trying to get a commercial mortgage loan approved for some time! The good news is that we were still able to find investment property financing for this client through another program. And even better news is that if your deal is strong and you utilize a knowledgeable commercial broker or lender, there is commercial money available. Now you know why commercial lenders are more vigilant when it comes to lending their own money.

Investment Property Interest Rates

Investment property is real estate bought for investment purposes as opposed to private residential. Often the property will be used for rental purposes, such as rental home, apartments or other spaces that give owners the opportunity to create profit and income over the long term.

Interest rates that you pay on investment property loans are similar to the rates for normal loans, and often have the same features, like the choice between a variable or fixed interest rate. Usually those borrowing for investment property are considered to have a lower risk quotient, and could avail of discounts.

Some may wonder if such discounts really exist. Yes, they do. Most providers have some great offers to help borrowers benefit from a lower interest rate, and thus, save money. Take a look at some such offers:

o Honeymoon rates. Offered in the introductory period, these interest rate discounts are offered by many providers during the first year of the loan. Some may argue that this is a timed discount, but this offer helps save a lot of money in the first one year itself.

o Discounted interest rates for low risk. Almost all providers consider borrowers of investment property loans to be low-risk. They normally have an existing income stream, with more expected to come from their investment property. And most likely, they own homes that act as perfect collateral.

o Discounted interest rates for larger loans. Borrow a larger sum of money and enjoy lower rates and other benefits. That’s what providers seem to say when they offer different rates for different slabs.

Here are two tips to help you get a lowest interest on your loan:

o Use of Loan Calculators: Home loan calculators require all the loan details, so that they can give you a list of tailor-made loan options that fit your requirements. Borrowers secure the lowest interest rates. But never underestimate the importance of a real life loan consultant, who can help you complete your calculations.

o Comparing providers. Always compare the offers that different loan providers make in order to find one that is perfect for you. It’s a tedious process, made easy and quick with the Home Loan Finder.

“Time” Is A Major Real Estate Wealth Growth Tool, So Use ‘IT’ And Watch

In this report I use figures from my area of the world … I know they don’t apply all over the world, but they should encourage you to get the figures for yourself.

After all no report is going to make your money grow … it’s the knowledge you gain and “Your Application Of The Knowledge” that makes your financial wealth Grow.

In another report I gave you a concept I borrowed from Phil Ruthven, a truly wonderful speaker on economics, on how he looks at Home Ownership.

Now I want to look at the Tools we have available to help us Grow!real estate wealth,

So folks, if you want Real Estate Development, you must use all the tools available to you to get some. Of all the tools you have, the single most important one is TIME.real estate wealth,

1. Time is your greatest friend. Time to buy good investment property and let it double in value every 8 to 10 years or better.real estate wealth,

2. Federal Government Real Estate Investment Tax Deductions are another tool the Government uses to tell you in Words, Dollars and Cents that they want you to get wealthy so you can look after yourself to your final days. real estate wealth,

3. Correct Financial tools are also vital to your wealth development. See my report of Finance. I will go into some further detail in this section on the use of Evergreen Lines of Credit and how they work.

4. Good Real Estate Management is the next tool. Well-managed and well-maintained real estate investments, that houses good quality tenants is also essential. Trying to do this work yourself, is a mistake. See my report on Property Management. real estate wealth,

In Australia, it has been instilled in our consciousness, that we must all own our own home. And there is nothing wrong with the concept. It’s just that we should have been told to rent it out; Don’t live in it.

By buying a house TO LIVE IN, while we are young, we are wasting the wealth creating tools of Time, Double Income, (if married) Property Income and Tax Deductions. No wonder so many people have to play catch up later in life. real estate wealth,

So the first clue to Real Estate Wealth Development is don’t buy a residential property for you and you partner to live in. You buy a house as an investment and you rent elsewhere.

Growth Tool No. 1 – Time

Time is your greatest friend. Real Estate is a long-term investment and by being loyal to it, the real estate will reward you handsomely all through your life. real estate wealth,

You can prove this to yourself, as I did, by getting the figures of average house sale prices, from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for Brisbane, the largest City in Australia.

To save you the trouble I got the figures and I painstakingly went through them in order to validate the old wives tale that, ” real estate doubles every seven years.”

Well, it does better than that, you’ll be pleased to know.

I was able to get the figures from 1973/74 to 1994/95. I think I started there because that was when I arrived in Brisbane on transfer from Melbourne. real estate wealth,

That is a twenty-two years period, during which we had several credit squeezes, a few recessions and a few good times as well.

In 1973/74 an average house price for the whole of Brisbane was $23,234.00. That average includes the best and worst house and suburb.

Seven years later, in 1980/81, it was $43,470.00 an increase of 87%.

However by the next year, the eight-year, it had risen to $56,757.00 giving an increase of 144% from 1973/74. So you see that it more than doubles by the eight year. real estate wealth,

Going on a further seven years from 80/81 to 87/88, the $43,470.00 went up to $83,679.00; a further 92%.

Interestingly, going on one more year to the eight year, it had again increased to $113,917.00 giving an increase of 162% from 1980/81.

A further seven years from 87/88 to 94/95, the price of the average house in Brisbane went up to $163,325.00; a further 95% increase.
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Unfortunately the Bureau amalgamated the Shires of Logan and Caboolture into this statistical base and I could not extract the figure for the eight year.

However on the evidence of the previous 22 years I believe it is safe to assume
the increase would be at least 5% making it an increase of 100%. real estate wealth,

So these figures prove that over a period of 22 years the asset has increased by seven times its original value and all you would have to do is buy it at the beginning.

I hope this gives you some idea of why TIME is so important to growth. And remember that I am talking about average prices, I am not talking about hot inner suburbs that will obviously do much better.

If you REALLY understand these figures; you should ask yourself why you are willing to miss out on buying good real estate by stopping negotiating for the sake a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. I’ve seen this done many times because of stubborn-ness. Crazy! real estate wealth,

For goodness sake it’s the Real Estate Asset that is in short supply; not money. If you have found real estate that fits your criteria; BUY IT!

The Real Estate Development Coach

Copyright Colm Dillon, October 2003

All Rights Reserved.

Real Estate Investment – Why it is Big Business?

When examining the different asset classes, real estate is generally far less volatile than shares and real estate tends to be the haven that investors flock to when other asset classes are suffering.

It is true to say that investment properties can have many benefits in terms of building long-term wealth, but we must never forget that this wealth is not guaranteed!

Following the global real estate boom of the late 1980′s many investors learnt this hard lesson when they found their properties were worth far less than they had actually paid for them and the bottom seemingly fell out of the over-inflated market. The bottom did not truly fall out of the market however as all real estate retained value; the real estate market simply experienced an overdue rebalance and has gone on to build from this point of stability.

Since the booming 80′s ‘sensible’ investments in real estate have still offered major attractions and advantages, and it is back to real estate that investors have turned in recent years.

With real estate prices in some countries soaring, and first time buyers struggling to get onto the first rung of the real estate ladder, many people are looking further a field for investment property opportunities.

A recent report in the UK highlighted a 130% rise in the value of farmland since the 1990′s for example – fuelled entirely by a new breed of non-farming buyers. With bricks and mortar real estate prices in the UK now so exorbitant, these non-farming buyers are looking for alternatives for their money.

They may be unable to afford real-estate investments and unwilling to risk their cash on the ever volatile stock market and so they are buying up fields and pastures to get in on the real estate investment game!

Others interested in property investment have been examining the real estate markets around the globe for value for money, return on investment, potential for growth and development, rental market opportunities and basic stability. With current research showing that up to one in eight Britons intend to purchase an overseas real estate within the next five years you can see that overseas real estate investment is very big business.

Relatively newly discovered property markets are opening up or expanding in countries such as North Cyprus, South Africa and Bulgaria for example – where potential buyers are afforded incredible value for money when it comes to real estate. The real estate market in countries such as these has been artificially restricted through the threat of war or political instability, and now with their recent history showing that they are stable countries with strong economies and populated and governed by those with a first world perspective, property investors are finding markets rich in diversity and potential.

Dubai is another country offering interesting real estate investment opportunities. Since May 2002 when the crown prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoom issued a decree allowing foreigners the right to buy freehold real estate there, the real estate market has exploded!

Properties available in Dubai range from modest one bedroom flats to freehold exclusive islands! And property there still offers very good value for money – furthermore the tax and business advantages in Dubai are very appealing and so real estate investment in Dubai is enjoying a buoyant upward trend.

And then there are the ‘old’ favourites – France, Florida and Spain for example are all countries with a long history of investment real estate appeal – especially for Britons and Northern European residents looking to escape the weather and invest in a home in the sun. Whether you are looking to secure a home for holidays, your retirement or you are looking for a long term investment opportunity these countries still offer the investor potential for real estate growth.

When it comes to considering real estate as an investment vehicle it is a tried and tested method used for attempting to secure long term gains – but as with any investment, gains, returns and security of investment are not guaranteed. Whether real estate investment is right for you and matches your circumstances and attitude to risk is something that you need to consider.

The Real Estate Bubble Fallacy

There has been a lot of talk lately about the “Real Estate Bubble”, and a lot of folks are asking the question: “When it is going to burst”?

They are saying that the market just can’t sustain this level of growth and appreciation much longer, and I heat them say that it is inevitable that it must come crashing down soon. People are worried. They don’t think it can last; That whatever goes up, must come down.

These folks have been conditioned to believe what they believe most likely from the experience of the stock market bubble of 2000, and maybe the 1990′s when the real estate market was hit hard in many large metropolitan areas across the country.

Its human nature to feel this way. We all know the saying (or the 80′s tune for you big hair folks), “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”. Or what about, “All good things must come to an end.”? Its how we react to almost everything that affects our well being and general safety. Its a subconscious reaction at the gut level.

Just like in the stock market, there are bulls and bears. Bulls are typically more optimistic about the market and expect it go up, and bears are generally more pessimistic and expect the market to go down. They will always be there to provide free advice and “expert consulting”. Remember though, who you decide to listen to will certainly have an effect on your decision making, and ultimately your success.

Well, I’m here to say that there is no real estate bubble! There never was a real estate bubble. Its a complete and utter fallacy.

“How can I say that?” you ask. I can say that because the real estate market is in reality, a Wave. Its a cycle, and we just happen to be riding the big swells, or the crest of this long, consistent, and fairly predictable pattern.

There is no doubt that real estate has been a rock solid investment for decades, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future and for many reasons that I would like to demonstrate here and now. Because you, as a real estate investor, must be able to move forward with confidence when deciding which projects and properties you want to buy and sell. That is the purpose of my website, www.realestateinvestment.net [http://www.realestateinvestment.net], to provide you timely information, strategies and techniques to help you succeed.

But first, what is a bubble? In terms of economics and markets, the best definition is probably something along the lines of “an isolated or ephemeral situation or condition with little support or substantiation from external conditions”.

The best example, and the one foremost in the minds of us all, is the stock market tech bubble of 1999 and 2000. We all rushed into the tech stocks and the stock market in general as we saw the .com millionaires being made.

Y2K was a big factor in the tech bubble. People were buying new systems at a unprecedented rate in order to prepare for doomsday. People were also buying consumable goods to stock up for the dreadful event that never came.

So what was holding up, or supporting the “irrational exuberance” as Alan Greenspan characterized it? Well, we learned soon afterward, not much. It was an isolated, temporary incident that had little support from the other conditions. It was indeed like a bubble that burst.

And it has had little support since then. Historically speaking, after the stock market crash of 1929 and 1987, it took decades for the market to recover, although it did eventually recover. Just look at the Dow average and the S&P average for the last hundred years and see the pattern of recovery. You can be sure that a slow steady rise for stocks is in progress.

Now back to real estate. Let me explain why this is not a bubble.

Real Estate is Cyclic

Real estate has had its ups and downs over the years, but it is generally stable, with no drastic swings per se. If you were to look at the cycles on a chart you would see a clear pattern of gently rolling swells. This pattern is consistent across cities and regions all across the United states, although slightly varied in degree.

In addition, the cycles tend to favor the ups rather than the downs. It is not uncommon to see large cycles of appreciation and much smaller downward cycles. In other words, the current double-digit growth we’ve all come to know and love in recent years will likely be followed by downturns of single digit declines. Its like taking two steps forward and one step back.

In the big picture you will still be further ahead than when you started. You may see slower growth, but it will still be growth.

Real Estate is a Basic Necessity

People need to live somewhere. They need a roof over their head and their children’s heads. Like food and clothing we must have a home. People don’t need stocks or bonds. Therefore, you can be sure that whether the market is high or low in growth, whether interest rates are up or down, people will be buying, renting, leasing, and selling homes. It is as perennial as the years.

This Real Estate Wave Has Been Around Awhile

I don’t know when you first realized we were in an up market in real estate, but it has been on a solid upward trend for at least the last 3-4 years. It didn’t just happen yesterday. Of course like anything else, awareness of the general public is a bit latent, and dependent upon the media. It has only been lately that the media has really focused on it and thrust it onto the front page.

The old adage “Success breeds success” is also true. The momentum will grow as other more traditional investors continue to jump on the band wagon and pour their money and resources into real estate investment. It tends to create a perpetual, self-feeding market that is ideal for more seasoned investors.

Real Estate is Local and Regional

It is true that even in today’s real estate boom, there are areas in the United States that are not enjoying the high rates of return that others are experiencing. California is a fantastic place to invest, so is Arizona and a host of other places.But the Rust Belt states are not as fortunate. Watch what happens to Florida home values after this horrendous hurricane season. This is because real estate is driven by the primary capitalistic force of Supply and Demand.

Generally speaking, property values increase in areas where the job market is strong, and where there are more people moving into than away from. Of course there are other factors to consider; including interest rates, availability of funding, climate, and governmental policies. These are all important and you must be cognizant of their impacts to your strategy.

However, it is true no that matter what the rates are or how nice the climate is, people will continue to migrate where there are abundant job markets and affordable housing. If you can stay just slightly ahead of that migration, you will profit immensely.

Real Estate Investing is Diverse

You can invest in so many different ways, from foreclosures and fix and flips, to buy and hold and everything in between. Right now the commercial space is relatively soft. It will recover no doubt, but people investing in single family homes are probably doing slightly better in returns. Vacancies are up and rents are down for commercial properties, but fortunately, the forecast is for this sector to improve over the next few years.

The key to successful real estate investing is to understand the forces, trends, and conditions that are driving the market. BE AWARE of your surroundings; Read articles and stay on top of industry news; Look in your own area at the job market and forecasts. Check my website www.realestateinvestment.net [http://www.realestateinvestment.net] for all the news and information you need to help you succeed in your real estate investing career.

There is no real estate bubble, but there is a real estate wave. Like any dedicated surfer, when the surf’s up, get in the water and catch a wave! But watch for danger, be flexible, and be smart. Invest wisely and you can prosper in any real estate market.