With the housing market being predicted to drop 30% this year, is it a good time to buy real estate investments? Or is it a better idea to wait for better market conditions? That’s the first question I’m answering on this Q&A show!
On this episode of Investing in Real Estate, I’m giving a rundown on what I see coming in the housing market, including price declines, interest rates and more. I’m also answering three of your thoughtful questions on timing the market, finding a reliable contractor for a fix & flip, and the pros and cons of DSCR loans for real estate investors.
On this episode you’ll learn:
- What you should know about investing in this current market.
- How to find a good contractor out of state.
- The pros and cons of DSCR loans.
- And more!
What You Should Know About Investing in This Current Market
There are some concerning stats in this housing market, including price declines due to inflation and higher interest rates. However, there is an incredible demand for rental properties. Many people have had to delay home buying, and they need places to rent. We have a housing shortage in the US. Having a sustainable investing plan is really about buying in the right markets. I suggest investing in recession proof markets to avoid long vacancies.
How to Find a Good Contractor Out of State
This can be a very tricky situation, and to be honest, it’s a huge part of why I stopped doing fix & flips. If you’re out of state, unfortunately you’re going to have to go in person to find a contractor. You will need to meet with multiple contractors, get quotes, and find someone you can trust. Line up three or four estimates, and pick someone who seems trustworthy. I also suggest choosing someone who gives you a middle-of-the-road estimate.
The Pros and Cons of DSCR Loans
DSCR loans, or debt service coverage ratio loans, operate in a similar way to non-recourse loans. A DSCR loan is not based on your personal income or credit, but instead on the cash flow of the asset. This can be a great way to grow your rental property, especially if you are approaching the 10-mortgage limit. One big drawback of this loan is that you’re going to pay a higher down payment and a higher interest rate. I would suggest running the numbers (including interest rates and closing costs) before you decide to proceed with a DSCR loan.
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