It’s no secret that interest rates are on the rise. Today’s first caller asked a thoughtful question about adjustable rate mortgages. What is an adjustable rate mortgage, and when is it financially intelligent to use one? That’s the first question I’m answering on today’s show.
This episode features three listener questions on adjustable rate mortgages, how to invest when you’ve had a foreclosure, and ways to start investing when you don’t have a lot of funds. Press play to hear my answers to your best investing q’s!
On this episode you’ll learn:
- The pros and cons of using an adjustable rate mortgage.
- Tips for investing with a foreclosure on your credit report.
- How much money a new investor needs to get started.
The Pros and Cons of Using an Adjustable Rate Mortgage
An adjustable-rate mortgage, or ARM, is a home loan with an interest rate that can change over time. Typically, the loan will have an introductory period with a low, fixed rate anywhere from 3-10 years. After that intro rate expires, the interest rate is going to adjust at certain intervals. ARMs generally have caps on how much the interest rate can rise per year or over the lifetime of the loan.
An ARM can be great for someone who knows they will sell their property before the adjustment period starts. In this scenario, you can take full advantage of the lower payment and pay down on the principle balance of your property.
An ARM loan can put you in a bad spot if you are unable to refinance your loan before the adjustment period begins. Some refinances will only allow for a LTV of 80% or less. If you put 5% down on a property and have a 5 year ARM loan you need the property to appreciate 15% in 5 years. That may or may not happen. You could be stuck with a much higher interest rate until you are able to refinance.
The bottom line is: right now an ARM is going to be priced the same as a 30 year fixed mortgage, so in most scenarios, it just doesn’t make sense.
Adjustable rate products are for people with a higher risk tolerance. There is nothing wrong with an ARM as long as you understand how and when to use it. If you are buying a primary home and you are very financially intelligent, an ARM may be a great product. It’s not typically going to be a fit for a buy and hold investor.
Tips for Investing with a Foreclosure on Your Credit Report
It’s always a good idea to shop around when searching for a banking product. Investing with a foreclosure isn’t impossible. It just depends on what your goals are, how long ago the foreclosure was, what your finances look like now, and how determined you are to make it happen.
Here are a few options I would pursue when trying to invest with a foreclosure on your credit report:
- Shop around at local banks to see what they can offer
- Look into working with private lenders, who may not care about a foreclosure
- Consider pursuing non-recourse financing, which is asset-based
- Schedule a free call with my team. We work with over 100 lenders, and if we can’t help you, we may be able to point you in the right direction.
How Much Money a New Investor Needs to Get Started
When you’re investing in real estate, there are three things you need: a deal, money, and people. If you’re missing one of these components (like money), then you’ve got to find a strong deal and a great team.
If you have no money, then you may want to pursue wholesaling or driving for dollars. However, if you have some money, it depends on what path you want to take. You could try to find a cheap local property, or consider partnering with another investor. If you’re looking into full-service real estate investing, you can expect down payments to start around $50k
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