2 To 4 Unit Properties

Purchasing 2 To 4 Unit Properties

First time home buyers or home buyers who eventually want to become real estate investors can now purchase 2 to 4 unit properties as an owner occupied residence with a FHA Loan with 3.5% down payment. 2 to 4 unit properties can be great investments for home buyers intending on occupying one of the units and renting the other units to offset the monthly housing expenses. FHA does require that mortgage loan borrowers of 2 to 4 unit properties occupy one of the units for at least one year. After occupying one of the units for at least one year, the 2 to 4 unit property owner can then qualify for another owner occupied home and rent out the unit they are exiting.

FHA Loans And 2 To 4 Unit Properties

To qualify for 2 to 4 unit properties with a FHA Loan, the mortgage loan borrower needs at least a 580 FICO credit score. There is a 3.5% down payment requirement for mortgage loan borrowers with at least a 580 FICO credit score. Borrowers with credit scores under 580 FICO credit scores, a 10% down payment is required. Mortgage rates on 2 to 4 unit properties are higher than mortgage rates of single family homes because mortgage lenders view multi unit buildings as higher risk. With higher risk means higher mortgage rates. To get the best mortgage rates on 2 to 4 unit properties, one should have credit scores of at least 640 FICO. Mortgage lenders will require three months of reserves for three and four unit properties. Reserves are one month of principal, interest, taxes, and insurance or PITI. Many mortgage lenders require two years landlord experience from the mortgage loan borrower to be able to count potential rental income as part of their mortgage lender overlay. If a mortgage lender requests two years landlord experience in order for them to count potential rental income, the seek another mortgage lender where they have no mortgage lender overlays .

Using Potential Rental Income To Qualify

FHA allows up to 85% of the potential market rent income to qualify for the mortgage loan borrower’s income calculations. However, many FHA mortgage lenders have mortgage lender overlays where if the mortgage loan borrower does not have two years landlord experience, then the potential rental income cannot be used to qualify. If you are told that you do not qualify due to mortgage lender overlays because you do not have two years landlord experience, contact Gustan Cho Associates at 262-716-8151 or email Gustan Cho at GustanCho@Outlook.com.

Can I Qualify For 2 To 4 Unit Properties With Conventional Loans?

You can qualify for 2 to 4 unit properties with conventional loans, however, owner occupied 2 to 4 unit properties require 15% down payment with conventional loans. You can also use potential rental income but the potential rental income you can use is 75% of the potential market rent that is stated on the home appraisal.