Read newbie guide and am still confused about financing for first investment purchases -- no income requirement?

1 Reply

Hi all, 

I read the Ultimate Beginner's Guide and although it lists many possible sources of loans, it does not say (or perhaps I overlooked where it says) what kind of qualifications you need to obtain such loans.  I am assuming loans for investment real estate are similar to mortgages for buying primary residences; that is, there's a relatively fixed formula based on your salary income, credit, etc. 

Or are investment loans not based on your income at all?  This is from the perspective of someone just starting out with no real estate portfolio to speak of.  How do you obtain financing?  What do lenders go on -- the numbers of the property, your "resume" as a businessperson generally, etc? 

Is it much like securing capital to start a business? 

Any specific details about starting with no experience but with some cash (say, a few hundred thousand) would be GREATLY appreciated!  And if I've missed this information somewhere else, please provide the links.  Sorry if this question has already been answered!

@Victoria Stone

Two hundred thousand dollars should be fairly easily translated into $20,000 profit in the RE world, most likely a great deal more.  Take a look at the basic beginner's guides here on BP.

You've obviously figured out the required "saving" portion of RE budgetary dedication.

From here I would tool around and find out what section of Real Estate Investing holds the most interest.  RE has hundreds of facets.  Find one that really grabs.

And keep asking questions here on BP.  We have seen just about everything but always relish a challenge!!

Free eBook from BiggerPockets!

Ultimate Beginner's Guide Book Cover

Join BiggerPockets and get The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing for FREE - read by more than 100,000 people - AND get exclusive real estate investing tips, tricks and techniques delivered straight to your inbox twice weekly!

  • Actionable advice for getting started,
  • Discover the 10 Most Lucrative Real Estate Niches,
  • Learn how to get started with or without money,
  • Explore Real-Life Strategies for Building Wealth,
  • And a LOT more.

Lock We hate spam just as much as you

Join the Largest Real Estate Investing Community

Basic membership is free, forever.

By signing up, you indicate that you agree to the BiggerPockets Terms & Conditions.