Not only is it the perfect time to buy a home, but it’s also an excellent time to purchase an investment property. If you already own and are not interested in moving – or you can’t because of the 3-year occupancy requirement to keep your home buyer tax credit – but still want to take advantage of the market, investing can be a great way to do so.
In the current lending situation, lenders often require investor buyers to have six months reserves of mortgage payments and a 25% down payment. This stipulation keeps many would-be investors out of the market.
Here are some little known tips to help investors purchase, regardless of the tighter lending environment:
- Investors can purchase a Fannie Mae HomePath investment for 3% down.
- Any investor, not just veterans, can purchase a Veterans Affairs(VA) foreclosure with VA’s Vendee Financing for 5% down.
- Investors purchasing a VA foreclosure with Vendee Financing can use 75% of anticipated rent to offset the monthly payment if the investor has experience managing rental properties.