Best duplex\triplex\multi loans?

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Hello, im Gabriel from Enfield,CT currently on the search for a duplex/multi around CT or MA as im more familiar with MA. This would be my first purchase/investment with my fiancée..i got pre approved already for fha 225k thinking of getting a 203k loan as well, planning on occupying and renting refi to conventional loan once i have enough equity then take another fha loan and do the smae process if all goes well...i would like some help with some questions that come to mind since im brand new to all of this. Question 1: Is there a no moneys down or 1% down payment loan i can get a hold of or is the fha 3.5% the limit? Question 2: Would you recommend renting out to family for your first tenant starting out Question 3: I’ve taken a state first time home buyers class and been certified, has anyone got any help whatsoever from a certification like that for a duplex? Looking forward to hear from yall...i really need alot of guidance and im willing to do anything to get ahead. Already looking forward to some local seminars\workshops...anyone know of any good ones please let me know. Thanks

@Gabriel Feliciano

Welcome to bp! 

1. FHA or 203k is great option and its great you are pre approved!

2. I would not rent to family...... It may seem like a good idea, but I would not do it. If you inherit tenants, you will want to screen them and see if you want to keep them (if they are a tenant at will). 

3. You can attend a local REIA, take a look at meetings on meetup ,com as well. The first time homebuyer class will be helpful, and you can also look into a landlord class (if you are self managing).

@Steve Bracero

I guess im more willing to chose family over strangers because Im nervous of the outcome due to all these Massachusetts tenant protection \horror stories I’ve heard of.

I guess i will check that site out, and Yes i will be taking the land-lording workshop next month! Thanks for the feedback.

Unless you have a giant family you’ll have to rent to strangers eventually.

It might be hard to tell your family their rent is going up!

@Alex Cornwell yea i guess letting them know on their birthday card would be awkward haha i guess it would definitely be easier being more stern with strangers

@Gabriel Feliciano Some guidelines are 3x monthly rent, no evictions, everyone over 18 must fill out an application in full, proof of income or 2 recent pay stubs, you could also include a credit score as well 

@Gabriel Feliciano FHA will usually roll the closing costs into the loan amount. So they will do 3.5% of the total including closing cost. My down payment ended up being close to 1% of the purchase price.

@Charlie Hyatt how did you get your down payment to 1% if you don’t mind me asking ? I thought 3.5 was bare minimum

@Gabriel Feliciano

I think he is talking closing costs... They can cost between 1-2% of the purchase price, or you can put in your offers seller will pay 5k at close etc 

As a general rule, I would not rent out to family. You may be solving one problem but you are opening up a whole new can of worms on other potential problems. What would you do if they paid late? Would you evict? 

Screening out your tenants is a great tool to eliminate many problems. Everyone over 18 fills out an application and pays an application fee. Many people use tenantreports.com  the cost is around 28 and we charge 30 for the application for each adult over 18.

A lot of tenant headache can be minimized also by the property itself. Are you buying the cheapest house out there and  the rent the house can command is also the cheapest? Well then you probably will be getting that grade of tenant. Many people make a lot of money in the lower income rentals but understand that there will be new issues there also.

@Gabriel Feliciano - I'll echo everyone else - don't rent to family.

I'm 2 years into my house hacking a duplex. I used an FHA loan to acquire it. You can also do a FHA 203K loan if it needs any rehab work completed. One of my best friends used it on a 4 unit and put around $25K of updates into the property - all of which was rolled into the loan.

@Tim Puffer

So is the 203k a loan a separate loan added to the mortgage loan even if you purchase a property at approved max $?, is it through the same lender as well?

@Gabriel Feliciano - the 203k is not a separate loan- it is the same financing you will use to acquire the property but the difference is the loan program allows you to create a renovation budget all in the same loan.  It is through your same lender.  You need to be pre-approved for your max financing but the loan officer should be able to explain to you your overall max finance which would include the renovation budget.  

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