Many of you who visit this site do so with the hopes of finding out how much of a down payment you need to have to buy a duplex or investment property.
And while I’ve talked about it before, it’s probably worth revisiting.
If you plan to live in the property, and this is true whether you’re buying a duplex, triplex, or fourplex, the least amount of money you’d need for a downpayment is 3.5 percent. Of course, everybody’s credit and debt ratios tell different stories, so there may be some exceptions to that, but that figure is generally the norm.
That’s because FHA insures loans on owner-occupied properties up to four units. And right now, the mortgages they insure have the lowerst down payments in the marketplace.
If you’re an investor, you’re not as lucky.
While it’s again largely dependent on things like your credit score, debt ratios and number of properties you own, most investors are required to have a down payment of 25-30 percent to purchase an investment property.
The amount sounds staggering. And yet, when most of my investors in today’s real estate market are realizing double-digit cash on cash returns on their down payments, it’s definitiely worth the investment.