New investors have a wide variety of options available to them when it comes to what kind of property they are going to focus on. In fact, one of the top questions I hear from investors is, “What would you do?”
If I could start my investing life all over again I would buy a FOURPLEX as my first home. And when I say first home I mean first home. Most people buy their single family house, live in it as their primary house, then look to buy their first investment property. For those that are flexible and motivated I suggest you buy a 4 plex as your first primary home and investment property.
How to Purchase Real Estate With No (or Low) Money!
One of the biggest struggles that many new investors have is in coming up with the money to purchase their first real estate properties. Well, BiggerPockets can help with that too. The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down can give you the tools you need to get started in real estate, even if you don’t have tons of cash lying around.
Here is why an owner occupied fourplex makes sense:
- Qualifying for a first time home buyers loan on a primary residence easier.
- You need less money down.
- Rental income helps qualify.
- You now have a primary home and an investment in one transaction.
- Potential cash-flow or you could pay for your primary unit with the other three units cash-flow.
- When you decide to move you have a 4th unit that becomes a rental.
- On site property manager.
Highlights of the loans available on a fourplex (primary residence):
- Up to 80% financing
- Rates start at 5.875% on a 30 year fixed
- Loan amounts to $801,950
- Seller can contribute 6% to closig costs
- Credit scores down to 575
- 2 month asset reserve minimum requirement
This is also a great idea for individuals that have kids that are in need of an idea on how to get started in real estate.
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